Vernon L. Francis


Vernon L. Francis


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2577 | +1 215 994 2222

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Vernon L. Francis is a partner in the firm’s complex litigation group. He has litigated cases in a variety of areas, including products liability and mass torts. He also works with the labor and employment group in litigating employment discrimination actions, performing workplace investigations, and providing advice on workplace privacy and other employment issues for a variety of clients.

Mr. Francis has defended newspapers and television stations in defamation matters and, since 2010, has also been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in First Amendment Law. A past Diversity Committee co-chair, he continues to work as a member of the Committee.

Before joining Dechert, Mr. Francis was an associate counsel in the Office of the Honorable Lawrence E. Walsh, Esq., the independent counsel charged with investigating the Iran/Contra Affair (1989-92).

  • Haverford College, A.B., 1982
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1987, Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 135
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Louis H. Pollak
  • Served in a variety of community and bar association positions
  • American Law Institute
  • Teaches a course on defamation law as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s adjunct faculty
  • Former president of the Board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, a group of more than 30 Philadelphia area law firms and corporate law offices dedicated to increasing diversity in Philadelphia’s legal community.
  • Former president of the Juvenile Law Center’s Board of Directors 
  • Executive Committee on the Board of Directors for Leadership Philadelphia
  • Former co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on Minorities in the Profession and on the Association’s Task Force on Multidisciplinary Practice