Frank NataleDirector of Litigation and Advocacy

Frank Natale

Frank Natale became the first Litigation and Advocacy Director of Neighborhood Legal Services Program of DC on January 4, 2016. In that capacity he is supervising the Veteran’s Legal Assistance Project, the Barriers to Employment Project and The Family Preservation Project. In addition, Frank is providing a strategic vision for the firm’s litigation practice in each of its practice groups.

Upon making a transition from private practice to the legal services practice in 2012, Frank served as the Director of Advocacy for Income Security at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. In this capacity, Frank directly supervised the statewide migrant farmworker project and the strategic aspects of the firm’s employment and public benefits practices. He directed and oversaw much of the firm’s litigation in all practice areas. He provided regular trainings on basic and advanced litigation techniques. Frank advised the Language Access Task Force, Workers Rights Task Force, Public Benefits Task Force, as well as the Veterans Work Group and Human Rights Work Group. During his tenure at Legal Aid, he litigated an important language access case in Federal Court which required the City of Salisbury, MD to adopt language access policies and procedures and to train its personnel and police officers on the use of language line when interacting with limited English proficient individuals. Frank also led non-litigation advocacy strategies that remedied long standing problems with LEP individuals accessing public benefits and government services through the Department of Human Resources. Additionally, he served as the project director for the Lawyer in the Library project that embedded lawyers at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in west Baltimore. He was regularly requested to testify on pending legislation involving worker’s rights and public benefits in the state of Maryland.

Prior to his time in legal services, Frank was a partner in the Law firm of Cusick, Leymarie, Natale & Long for five years in Pennsylvania where he concentrated his practice in the areas of employment law, personal injury and civil litigation. Subsequently, he started his own boutique civil litigation practice which focused on plaintiffs medical malpractice, employment law and criminal defense. Frank also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Lawrence County, PA for two years, where he was asked to handle arson, vehicular homicide, and felony assault cases.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received a B.A. and the University of Dayton School of Law where he received a Juris Doctorate. 

Frank works from NLSP's headquarters office at 64 New York Ave. NE, Suite 180 and can be reached by phone at 202-269-5122, or via email to,