Frank is a Hawaii-licensed Professional Engineer whose practice focuses on civil litigation, construction litigation, and environmental law. Prior to joining Cades Shutte, he was an attorney at the US EPA’s Office of General Counsel at their headquarters in Washington, DC.
Frank earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California; and his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Prior to and during his studies at law school, Frank was a civil design engineer and project and program manager, as well as the environmental engineering department manager, for the state’s (and the country’s) top-ranked engineering design firm. Frank has a long history of successfully identifying Hawaii client needs and ensuring successful completion of a wide variety of environmental and engineering design projects. Frank brings a unique perspective to the practice of law, including an intimate understanding of the needs and requirements of owners, design professionals, architects, contractors, and subcontractors.
Frank earned his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, where he graduated cum laude while simultaneously working full-time as an engineer and manager. As a law student, he was privileged to serve judicial externships with the Honorable Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack at the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii. Frank also earned a nationally-competitive Summer Honors Program full-time clerkship at the US EPA’s Office of General Counsel. Frank’s other accomplishments during law school included serving on the University of Hawaii Law Review, earning the Hawaii State Bar Association Natural Resources Section Writing Award, and publishing a journal article in the Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.
Frank is admitted before Massachusetts’ state courts, and is scheduled to sit for the Hawaii Bar this summer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
As an attorney at the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, Frank advised career regulators and political appointees on a variety of environmental, administrative, procurement, and other legal issues. He also coordinated litigation with attorneys from the US Department of Justice, and helped draft briefs in cases before the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
As a former engineer, consultant, and project manager, Frank has successfully identified client needs and completed small and large projects. He performed statutory and regulatory interpretation and client advocacy, and negotiated disputes with state and federal regulators, contractors, and subcontractors on behalf of a variety of commercial, military, federal, state, and county site owners and operators.
- Massachusetts State Bar (2016)
- J.D. (2016), William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, cum laude
- M.S. (2009), Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, summa cum laude
- B.S. (1994), Environmental Engineering, Humboldt State University
- Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of Hawaii
- Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of Massachusetts
- American Bar Association
- American Society of Civil Engineers
Awards and Honors
- Hawaii State Bar Association Natural Resources Section Writing Award (2016)
- Filling Holes in the Air, 6 Wash. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 28, June 2016.
- University of Hawaiʻi Law Review, 2015-2016
June 1, 2017 - Cades Schutte Welcomes Frank Cioffi to the Firm