Daniel Frech, Professional Biography

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I come from a defense background, from a corporate background...so it has been a real pleasure, since joining Spangenberg, to find myself more often than not on the side of the underdog - the injured person, family or business.  Seeking justice for these individuals is a privilege and a responsibility that this firms takes very seriously.

Outside the Courtroom

Dan is a happy transplant to Cleveland. He likes that Cleveland has seasons, but wishes they were of different relative lengths.  He loves Cleveland sports and regularly attends games, but wouldn’t mind a few more wins. Dan currently resides on the west side of Cleveland with his long-suffering girlfriend, Cleveland labor-lawyer Jessica Monroe, and her remarkably good-natured cat.  Two of Dan’s sisters have also relocated to Cleveland and work downtown: his sister Rose is a policy associate at the Center for Community Solutions and his sister Kate is a health-care attorney at Benesch Friedlander.

Curriculum Vitae

2007                                        Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, May
Honors: cum laude
Honors: Dean's List

2004                                        Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, August, M.A.
Major: Financial Economics

Ohio University

2000                                        Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, June, B.A., Major : English
Ohio University


Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2015

Attorney Biography

Email: dfrech@spanglaw.com

Daniel Frech is an experienced business litigator, having represented local and regional businesses across a variety of industries as well as Fortune 500 companies, national banks and private equity funds.   As a senior associate in Spangenberg’s Business Litigation Group, Dan plays a key role in investigating potential business matters and litigating them on behalf of the firm’s clients. 

Dan has litigated high stakes cases – commercial and otherwise – in jurisdictions across the country.  Within the last year he first-chaired a trial in Cuyahoga County resulting a verdict for his client, successfully briefed and argued a matter before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and, SSL Attorney with Nick DiCello and a partner firm, filed a class action law suit in California against a major electronics retailer that resulted in the Defendant providing millions of dollars of relief less than two months after the case was filed.  

Dan graduated with honors from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 2007. Upon graduation, he joined the international law firm Jones Day and worked as an associate in the firm's trial practice group. During his time at Jones Day, Dan consulted with businesses and represented clients in civil litigation including civil antitrust matters, disputes arising from merger and acquisition activity, private equity acquisitions, and contractual disputes.

Dan joined Spangenberg, Shibley and Liber as an associate in 2012 and since joining the firm has represented, among others:

  • A  regional bank in an ongoing accounting malpractice case;
  • An international manufacturing concern in an insurance coverage dispute;
  • A group of entrepreneurs in contract litigation against a major defense concern that purchased their technology; and
  • The general partner in a series of private equity funds in litigation with the funds’ limited partners.

He has also been involved in several class action lawsuits involving the financial services industry and has consulted with local businesses regarding legal action in lender liability matters.

Prior to attending law school, Dan earned a Master's degree in Financial Economics from Ohio University. Dan's ability to interpret financial and accounting statements and to simplify complex economic ideas into plain language have proven to be especially beneficial to his clients through his work with economists, accountants and valuation experts testifying in civil litigation.

Dan is admitted to practice in all state courts in Ohio, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dan was named an Ohio Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014 and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2015.