Frank C. Rothrock

Frank C. Rothrock has practiced in national mass tort litigation for over three decades at both the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in litigation involving prosthetic heart valves, orthopedic appliances, breast implants, contraceptive devices, pharmaceuticals, heart-lung machines, ophthalmic instruments, dental appliances and hematologic analyzers.

He has also been involved in personal injury and property damage litigation involving electric and magnetic fields and toxic tort litigation involving exposure to copper beryllium, asbestos and chlorine.

Frank has defended class action, consumer fraud, and deceptive trade practice litigation concerning alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals, vehicles, dietary supplements and food products.

In June of 2009, Frank represented plaintiffs in the trial of a case that involved a fatal helicopter crash in China and obtained a $6.4 million verdict. Hubei Gezhouba Sanlian Industrial Co., et al. vs. Robinson Helicopter Co., 2009 WL 2190197 (C.D. Cal.) The verdict was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hubei Gezhouba Sanlian Industrial Co., Ltd. vs. Robinson Helicopter Co., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6428 (9th Cir.).

It was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top plaintiff verdicts in California in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, Frank led a team that represented a large automotive manufacturer in defending a class action involving a sport utility vehicle.

Before joining Shook, Frank successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court in EMF litigation against San Diego Gas & Electric that California’s trial courts lack jurisdiction to hear cases challenging the configuration of power lines that comply with California Public Utilities Commission orders.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. Superior Court, 38 Cal. Rptr. 2d 811 (1995); San Diego Gas & Electric Co., 13 Cal.4th 694, 55 Cal. Rptr. 2d 724 (1996).

Representative Matters:

  • Fitzpatrick v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2018 Fed. App. LEXIS 6223 (9th Cir. 2018).
  • Duran v. Obesity Research Institute, LLC, 1 Cal. App. 5th 635 (2016).
  • Boris v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7467 (9th Cir. 2016).
  • Boris v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 35 F. Supp. 3d 1163 (C.D. Cal 2014).
  • Hubei Gezhouba Sanlian Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Robinson Helicopter Co.,425 Fed. Appx. 580 (9th Cir. 2011).
  • Peviani v. Hostess Brands, Inc., 750 F. Supp. 2d 1111 (C.D. Cal. 2010).
  • Sanchez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 221 P.3d 1276 (Nev. 2009).
  • Hubei Gezhouba Sanlian Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Robinson Helicopter Co., 287 Fed. Appx. 599 (9th Cir. 2008).
  • Gartin v. S&M Nutec LLC, 245 F.R.D. 429 (C.D. Cal. 2007).
  • Clayton v. Superior Court, 67 Cal. App. 4th 28, 78 Cal. Rptr. 2d 750 (1998).
  • Davis v. Shiley Inc., 64 Cal. App. 4th (advance sheets) 1257, 75 Cal. Rptr. 2d 826 (1998).
  • Ford v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 60 Cal. App. 4th 696, 70 Cal. Rptr. 2d 359 (1997).
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency v. Continental Development Corp., 16 Cal. 4th 694, 66 Cal. Rptr. 2d 630 (1997).
  • Kunec v. Brea Redevelopment Agency, 55 Cal. App. 4th 511, 64 Cal. Rptr. 2d 143 (1997).
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. Superior Court, 13 Cal. 4th 893, 55 Cal. Rptr. 2d 724 (1996).
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Company v. Superior Court, 32 Cal. App. 4th (advance sheets) 1062, 38 Cal. Rptr. 2d 811 (1995).
  • Ministry of Health v. Shiley, 858 F. Supp. 1426 (C.D. Cal. 1994).
  • Artiglio v. Superior Court, 22 Cal. App. 4th 1388, 27 Cal. Rptr. 2d 589 (1994).
  • McGhan Medical Corp. v. Superior Court, 11 Cal. App. 4th 804, 14 Cal. Rptr. 2d 264 (1992).
  • Shiley Inc. v. Superior Court, 4 Cal. App. 4th 126, 6 Cal. Rptr. 2d 38 (1992).
  • Stangvik v. Shiley Inc., 54 Cal.3d 784, 1 Cal. Rptr. 2d 556 (1991).
  • Stangvik v. Shiley Inc., 223 Cal. App. 3d (advance sheets) 1176, 273 Cal. Rptr. 179 (1990).
  • Khan v. Shiley Inc., 217 Cal. App. 3d 846, 266 Cal. Rptr. 106 (1990).
  • Shiley Inc. v. Superior Court, 203 Cal. App. 3d (advance sheets) 1376, 250 Cal. Rptr. 793 (1988).
  • Corrigan v. Bjork Shiley Corp., 182 Cal. App. 3d 166, 227 Cal. Rptr. 247 (1986).
  • Landscape Specialties v. Laborers’ Intern., 477 F.Supp. 17 (C.D. Cal. 1979).


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1972
    • Order of the Coif
  • A.B., cum laude, Occidental College, 1969
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • California State Bar, Investigation Referee (1978-1981)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Section of Products Liability, Co-Chair (2001-2002)
    • College of Trial Advocacy, Chair (1983-1984)
  • Orange County Superior Court, Arbitration Panel (1980-1989)


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