Frances Floriano Goins is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, leading the firm’s Financial Services & Securities Litigation and Cybersecurity & Privacy groups. She advises clients on complex business disputes and compliance in corporate governance, securities, and cybersecurity. She regularly defends clients in SEC and other regulatory enforcement actions, and conducts internal corporate and special litigation investigations, and has litigated numerous takeover and proxy contests involving public companies. Fran is an accomplished appellate lawyer, successfully arguing appeals on many groundbreaking issues. She also serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association Commercial and Consumer Panels, and has represented numerous clients in arbitration proceedings. In independent surveys of in-house counsel and peer attorneys, Fran is ranked as one of Chambers USA’s “Leaders in Their Field” in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation, and a “State Litigation Star” in Ohio by Benchmark Litigation. She has appeared in Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. since 2014. Fran is nationally recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Securities Litigation, and Banking & Finance Litigation, and was named Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Corporate Compliance Law, in 2018 for Banking and Finance Law, and in 2017 for Securities Litigation. Fran previously chaired the Business Law Section Director & Officer Liability Committee and serves on the ABA Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Election Law. She has been consistently honored in numerous client and peer rankings, including Chambers USA. Fran graduated from Case Western Reserve University Law School, and holds degrees in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.