About Us

Azrael Franz concentrates in personal injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, fraud litigation, business transactions, estates law and real estate law.

The firm, established in 1949, has achieved a prominent reputation in the field of complex injury/wrongful death, including airline crash litigation, assuming a lead role in multi-district litigation. The firm also aggressively pursues corporate and healthcare fraud litigation, computer litigation and class actions throughout the United States in arbitration and court proceedings resulting in substantial recoveries for its clients. The firm counsels developers, banks, professionals and businesses on a wide range of legal issues, including mergers, acquisitions, estate planning, employment discrimination and family law.

Azrael Franz is respected for its professional, thorough, creative and timely approach to the cases it handles. Clients are afforded success-based fee structures as well as the traditional hourly rate model. The firm’s size allows it to successfully handle complex litigation and business transactions and litigation on local and national levels, while maintaining control over the quality and effectiveness of its services. All cases are closely supervised with the direct involvement of partners. The controlled growth and low turnover of the attorneys enables the firm to maintain a strong team ethic that translates into the best possible service for its clients and referring attorneys.

The firm’s principals are active in community service organizations and have provided pro bono services to a wide range of individuals and groups, including numerous victims’ rights organizations.

The firm partners have successfully represented victims and their families in numerous airline disasters, mining disasters, serious and fatal automobile and truck crashes, fraud and other complex corporate litigation and transaction as well as class action.

Recently Keith, Jon and Jud successfully litigated cases against airlines and security companies on behalf of several families who lost loved-ones on September 11, 2001 in One World Trade Center (American Airlines Flight 11) and of several victims who were tragically killed in the Pentagon (American Airlines Flight 77) on that tragic day in American history.

Sadly, in the field of burn law, too many victims succumb to the overwhelming assault that their body endures as a result of their incident. With this in mind, Keith Franz has devoted himself to the establishment of the Michael D. Hendrix Burn Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital named for a client of the firm whose life was tragically cut short as a result of severe burns that he sustained in an airline crash. Through his work with burn victims, Keith Franz has developed relationships with some of this country’s leading medical authorities on burn injuries. Keith’s hands-on approach allows him to provide an exemplary level of service to victims in need of a forceful yet sensitive advocate.

The firm’s attorneys regularly give their time and advice to victims and can answer your questions regarding

  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Legal and Emotional Issues Related to Burn Injuries and Death
  • Legal and Emotional Issues Related to Grief and Sorrow
  • Losses Including Permanent Reduction of an Injured Party’s or Decedent’s Power to Earn Money
  • Opening an Estate and the Appointment of a Personal Representative
  • Relationships with Compassionate Bereavement Organizations and Experts
  • Victims’ Rights in Aviation Cases
  • Victims’ Rights in Criminal Cases

If you need help and would like to speak with a lawyer, we will be glad to answer any questions you may have about our services. Keith Franz and Judson Lipowitz can be contacted by telephone at 1-800-558-6801 or by e-mail at and, respectively.