Title: Shareholder

Office: (303) 861- 5300

Email: flopez@gvlslaw.com

Frank Lopez is a shareholder with Glade Voogt Lopez Smith, PC. Frank’s practice focuses on civil litigation (including class action litigation), employment law, internal investigations, compliance, and regulatory matters. Frank is a former federal prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney and has served as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies. Frank represents employees and employers in a variety of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; breach of employment contract; executive compensation; noncompete and other restrictive covenant issues; severance agreements; wage & hour claims; and wrongful termination.  His practice also includes conducting internal investigations for employers and providing experienced representation for employees and employers facing internal and external investigations. Given his vast experience developing, implementing, and supervising ethics & compliance programs, and corporate investigation functions, Frank knows where to find the evidence in a corporate environment. Frank is well versed in all aspects of civil and criminal litigation. He has personally tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict, and has handled numerous depositions, evidentiary hearings, and mediations. Frank is also experienced in handling investigations before the NCAA, including proceedings before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, and is a zealous advocate for coaches and players alike. Currently, Frank serves as an EEOC compliance monitor pursuant to federal court consent decrees and is a Special Master in a class action lawsuit under the FLSA pending in U.S. District Court.

In his free time, Frank pursues his passion for fishing, football and fast Fords.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Employment Law Practice
  • Litigation, Class Action & Appeals Practice
  • False Claims/ Qui Tam & Fraud Against Government Payor
  • Sports & Athletics Law Practice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member Chairman’s Roundtable, Colorado Lawyers Committee
  • Former Board Member, Colorado Lawyers Committee
  • Former President, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, Colorado Lawyers Committee

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Colorado
  • Federal Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
    • Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
    • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL, awarded JD with Honors
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, accounting major, graduated Magna Cum Laude

Representative Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Program chair: Protecting Business Information & Trade Secrets–Best Practices, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 13, 2019
  • Program chair “#Me Too Part 2: Why it Matters & What #You Too Should Know & Do”, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, September 14, 2018
  • Guest speaker Web-Roundtable: Compliance Strategies to Address the FBI’s NCAA College Basketball Fraud Investigation, October 6, 2017
  • Guest commentator regarding DACA program, October 4, 2017, Telemundo television
  • Expert commentator for Telemundo Spanish language television, during its coverage of Colorado v. Holmes
  • “The Art of Scoping the Investigation,” Compliance Week 2014 Annual Conference (Washington, D.C., May 2014)
  • “How Effective are Your Company’s Risk Assessments?” Skillsoft, (May 14, 2014)
    Advanced Compliance and Ethics Handbook, Chapter 33, Practicing Law Institute, (2013)
  • “Enhancing Helpline and Reporting Procedures and Conducting Investigations,” Practicing Law Institute’s Advanced Compliance Workshop (San Francisco, CA, November 2013)
  • “Implementing an Effective Whistleblower Protection Program to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounty Program,” Compliance Week 2011 Annual Conference (Washington, D.C., May 2011)
  • “Internal Investigations,” Marcus Evans FCPA Program (San Francisco, CA, September 2010)
  • Lopez, F. How to Avoid Internal Investigation Risk, Compliance Week Guest Columnist (February 23, 2010)
  • “How to Manage a Whistleblower Process in the New Regulatory Environment,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (Las Vegas, NV, September 2009)
  • Lopez, F. Tips for Mitigating Your Whistleblower Risk, Compliance Week (April 2009)
  • Former NITA instructor