• Chad Franks, Esq.

    VP / General Counsel / Board Secretary

    Chad Franks General Counsel Award

    Mr. Franks receives OCBJ's Prestigious

    2015-16 General Counsel Award


    Devotion / Discretion / Professionalism


    Mr. Franks serves as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary to the Board of Decton Group of Companies (DectonInc.com). Decton is a large staffing organization based in Irvine with over 16,000 employees throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. Reporting directly to the CEO, Mr. Franks oversees all litigation, M&A, regulatory, HR, risk management, and safety matters.


    Mr. Franks has practiced law 16 years, the last 9 1/2 years as Decton's VP, General Counsel, and Board Secretary. Prior to his role at Decton, Chad was a partner at Campbell & Franks, which represented victims of childhood abuse against the employer of the perpetrator of the abuse. That heart-felt work cemented the foundation for what Chad applies to his current day-to-day practice: "devotion, discretion, and professionalism."




    Adjunct Faculty:  


    California State University Fullerton, Mihaylo College of Business & Economics, Fall 2016-present




    Appointments Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2016-present;


    Client Relations Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2010-2015;


    Mentoring Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2014-present;


    Judiciary Committee Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2014-2017.




    Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Chairperson arbitrator, 2009-present;


    Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2010-present.


    Bar Associations:


    ABA; Arizona; California; Colorado; New York; Orange County; Pennsylvania


    Board Member:


    Secretary to the Board, Decton Group of Companies;


    Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund Board Member, 2013-present.




    ZeroChaos, consultant to VP & General Counsel, 2017 - present


    Community Activities:


    Constitutional Rights Foundation, (Youth) Career Forum Committee member, 2014-2015;


    Elks Lodge, Newport Harbor #1767, 2014-present;


    Employment and Litigation Committees, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2008-present;


    Gala and Golf Fundraisers, Charitable Fund, Orange County Bar Association, 2013-present.




    Arizona, California*, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania


    Speaking Engagements:


    Association of Corporate Counsel's Annual Double-Header hosted by Dorsey & Whitney LLP: Advanced Contract Drafting in Merger & Acquisition Agreements, October 2015





    Orange County Business Journal General Counsel Award, November 2015-16;


    Registry of Business Excellence™, The Registry, September 2013;


    Empire State Counsel™ for Volunteerism, New York State Bar, October 2013.





    Boston University School of Management, mini-MBA, April 2012 – corporate strategy, financial accounting and corporate finance, risk analysis, and implementation of strategies for corporate counsels


    Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D., 1999 - 5x recipient of American Jurisprudence Award; Dean’s List (5/99, 5/98, 8/97); Mock Trial Team


    San Diego State University (double major): B.A. Political Science; B.A. Biology 1995 (Dean’s List)


    *Registered In-House Counsel