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Speaker Iamge Mari Frank

About Mari Frank :

Mari Frank is an  attorney, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and the creator of The Identity Theft Survival Kit, the audiocassette series Identity Theft Prevention and Survival, co-author of Privacy Piracy (with Beth Givens), and the author of two new books published by Porpoise Press (January 2005): From Victim to Victor: A Step by Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft (2nd Edition, with CD) and Safeguard Your Identity: Protect yourself with a Personal Privacy Audit. Mari is also the host of Privacy Piracy  a weekly one hour  radio show at KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org/privacypiracy ( at the University of California, Irvine campus) dealing with issues of privacy in the information age.

Ms. Frank has testified many times on privacy and identity theft issues in the California legislature and in the US Congress. In May 1999, she was summoned to the White House to a press conference with President Clinton to speak on Consumer Privacy. Her speech was broadcast on C-SPAN TV. This year, Mari’s 90 minute PBS Television special, “Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in the Information Age,” aired nationwide. Both of her new books were featured gifts for viewers who pledged support for local PBS stations.
Mari consults with corporations and government agencies and provides professional training programs. She also helps victims and consumers, and serves on the Identity Theft Task Force of the LA County District Attorney, and California's DMV Task Force on privacy. She's an Orange County Sheriff Reserve on the High Tech Crime Unit, an Advisory Board Member of the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Mari is also a  research fellow with the Ponemon Institute on Privacy Issues.  She was appointed to the State of California's Advisory Board of the Office of Privacy Protection. Mari is a certified trainer for the State Bar of California, a law professor, and currently teaches Conflict Management at the University of California, Irvine. She serves on the National Advisory Board of Divorce Magazine.

Mari has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including Dateline, 48 Hours, the O'Reilly Factor, Investigative Reports, NBC and ABC Nightly News, CNN, Geraldo, CNBC, The Hugh Thompson Show, Montel and has been interviewed on more than 300 radio shows. She has been featured myriad times in major newspapers and magazines, (US News and World Report, Your Money Magazine, Money, Parade Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, Good Housekeeping; The California Bar Journal, The American Bar Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, Modern Physician The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many more national publications. etc) and her many articles have been published in legal journals and  numerous magazines.

Many law enforcement agencies and other governmental agencies have consulted with Mari including the FBI, the FTC, and the Social Security Administration. The Association of Credit Bureaus in Washington, D.C. interviewed her at length on how to deal more effectively with identity theft victims. She served on an identity theft task force with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, and she is a sheriff reserve on the High Tech Crime Unit of the Orange County, California Sheriff’s Department.

As a dynamic attorney and mediator with extensive litigation and negotiation experience, Mari Frank is certainly not a shark. Powerful, yet gentle, she prefers to be compared to a dolphin: hard on issues and soft on people. She has the ability to negotiate very tough deals, yet remains calm, logical, and engaging. Her positive demeanor motivates her clients, as well as her audiences, to harmonize together to enjoy a program that she designs to meet their specific needs.

Mari is an experienced, very successful problem solver. As an expert in negotiations, conflict resolution and dispute avoidance, she has helped thousands of clients resolve their disputes. As a certified trainer for the Sate Bar of California and a professor in the Conflict Management Department of the University of California, Irvine, Mari has trained attorneys and business audiences for over 25 years..

Effective communication is Mariís forte. Aside from presenting successful programs to live audiences in the corporate and governmental sector, Mari has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, NBC and CBS News, the OíReilly Factor, and many more national TV shows. She has been interviewed on over 250 radio shows, and has been featured in newspapers across the country. Her own articles have been published in the Orange_County_Business_Journal, the California_Daily_Journal, the Orange_County_Lawyer, the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Well-known in California as a leader in the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement, Mari served as the Chair of the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and Chair of the State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Services.

Mari blends her experience as a persuasive practicing attorney/mediator with her charismatic, energetic speaking style to enlighten and inspire her audiences. You will eagerly try out new, empowering techniques and skills to achieve mutual-gain, winning solutions in order to avoid costly and wasteful courtroom battles.

Mari has given many speeches and workshops on privacy and identity theft.  Here is a partial listing:
American Express
Hartford Insurance
CPP North America
The California Governor’s Summit on Identity Theft (2005 and 2006)
The California Department of Financial Institutions
The Human Resources Association of Greater St. Louis Conference
Keynote Speaker with Attorney General Janet Reno at the High Tech Crime Conference in San Diego
American Society for Industrial Security (Orange County)
Northern California Fraud Association (Monterey)
Consumer Law Conference (San Diego)
California Consumer Advocates Conference
California Alliance for Consumer Education (Los Angeles)
Economic Crime Summit (St. Louis, Missouri)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Los Angeles DA’s Office
California Association of Private Investigators
The Retired Military Association Conference
American Society of Industrial Security (Detroit, MI)
Orange County California Sheriffs Department
Annual Conference of the Ohio Chiefs of Police
Annual Credit Union Fraud Loss Conference (Las Vegas)
Global Privacy Summit (Washington, D.C.)
Federal Trade Commission Summit on Identity Theft
Social Security Administration Summit on Identity Theft
Houston Office of the FBI
Veterans Administration’s Security by Design Conference (Orlando)
California Credit Union’s Annual Convention
State Bar Annual Conventions (several years)
Data Protection Summit (2 years)

Mari earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her master’s degree from Hofstra University, and her law degree from Western State University College of Law. Subsequently, she trained at Harvard Law School (Certification in Negotiation), McGeorge School of Law (Certification in Mediation), and Pepperdine Law School (Certification in Negotiation). She is a Professor in the Conflict Management Department at the University of California, Irvine and previously was an adjunct law Professor at Western State University school of Law. 

Mari has served as a privacy consultant for Office Depot, Fellowes Corporation, ACE Insurance, Image Data Inc., Recall Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Chase Bank, The Association of Credit Bureaus, Privista, Hartford Insurance, Travelers Insurance, CPP North America, AIG Insurance,  McKesson, Inc., Debix, Inc.,  Validas, Uniball, the FBI, The Orange County Sheriff , The California Office of Privacy Protection, and many more entities.

A former victim of identity theft, Mari has thoroughly researched the issues of privacy and identity theft. She has served as an expert witness and has resolved many cases herself through negotiation and mediation.. She is a certified trainer for the State Bar of California for Continuing Legal Education for attorneys, has been a law professor, and has taught as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities. She spends much of her time helping victims, companies, government agencies, lawyers  and law enforcement agencies nationwide.





Books by Mari Frank :
From Victim to Victor
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Like many, I though it could never happen to me -- But it did. Both me and my wife had our ID stolen! Within 24 hours, there were more than 20 fraudulent applications to credit granters, not to mention the fraudulent use of my credit and debit cards. It was scary. I needed help. I got this book. 

Ms. Frank takes the perfect tone: it happened, now let's fix it. The step by step directions are clear. She takes you through the process in sequence, telling you how to deal with situations as they come up. The CD is probably worth at least as much as the book. It contains letter templates written by an attorney (Frank) that cover just about every situation. It is just a matter of cut and paste for your personal information and situation. 
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