Frank S. Swain

Principal - Faegre Drinker Consulting


Frank Swain partners with clients to identify, manage and understand opportunities and issues related to government contracts and regulations. He supports clients through contract bid and compliance counseling, informal audit and dispute resolution, and administrative and judicial appeals and defense of protested contract eligibility and awards.

He also counsels businesses offering technology, services and commercial products to apply for or renew Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts with the General Services Administration and the Veterans Affairs Department.

He has particular experience with Buy America regulations imposed on federal contractors and the impact of trade treaties and related trade remedies on federal contract and sales compliance.

Health & Bioscience

Frank's extensive experience with health issues and organizations informs his advice to health research and health care product organizations. He particularly focuses on contract and research grant issues, including data privacy and technology standards.

Technology & IT

Frank advises clients with technology and IT products regarding U.S. government licensing and rights issues, as well as growing requirements for data privacy and cybersecurity.

Insurance & Financial Services

Frank advises clients on financial services regulatory issues, U.S. Treasury approval of surety carriers and SBA financial program issues.

Food & Agriculture

Frank represents trade associations in the food and agriculture industry, providing analysis and implementation guidance on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and federal regulation of food labeling.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Frank served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the United States Small Business Administration. He also served as legislative counsel to the National Federation of Independent Business and was in private practice in New York.

Frank serves clients of Faegre Drinker Consulting as a consulting professional, and does not act as a lawyer for those clients. Separately, Frank serves other clients as a lawyer for Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He can help you decide which services are best for you. Learn more.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. (1975)

Colgate University
B.A. cum laude (1972)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
  • Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Award — Faegre Baker Daniels, 2009
  • Genetic Alliance — Honoree for volunteer efforts in support of genetic nondiscrimination legislation, 2007
  • Who's Who in American Law
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