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Former Notre Dame football player Michael Frantz ('73) co-founded the Cleveland based law firm Frantz Ward LLP in January 2000. From an initial group of 13 lawyers, the firm has now grown to 65 lawyers and is one of the largest in Ohio. Frantz first joined the Monogram Club Board of Directors in June 2004, served as an advisor in 2007 and 2008, and now serves as secretary.

Frantz was a walk-on defensive end with the Irish in the early 1970s and lettered as a senior on the 1972 squad. After graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame with a degree in political science in 1973, Frantz went on to earn his law degree from Georgetown in 1976. His law practice focuses on litigation, labor, construction, higher education and healthcare. He has extensive experience in defense of labor and employment disputes and has negotiated hundreds of contracts on behalf of employers in a broad range of industries.

Frantz also has lectured extensively on various issues involving labor, employment, healthcare, and higher education law. He was a member of the class of 2004 for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association Leadership organization, has served on the advisory committee of the Notre Dame Club of Cleveland, and has served on several board of trustees, including the Downtown Cleveland Partnership, Hanna Perkins, Amy Katan Foundation, Catholic Charities, St. Malachi Center (also president), St. Joseph Academy, and St. Ignatius High School (currently serving as President).

Frantz - who credits former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian and defensive line coach Joe Yonto with impacting his life through their coaching, leadership and examples - was born in Sidney, Ohio and grew up as part of a family that could have fielded its own starting 11 on the gridiron (he has seven brothers and five sisters). He played football at St. Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati.

Frantz and his wife, the former Julie Brunetto, were married in 1973 in Piqua, Ohio. The couple has three sons - Michael, Joe and Jonathan, who was a walk-on outside linebacker on the Irish football team, before graduating in 2012 and earning his Monogram. Mike and Julie also have four daughters - Kathleen, Elizabeth ('01), Mary (SMC '08) and Molly (SMC '16).

Michael Frantz
Michael  Frantz

Hometown:
Avon Lake, Ohio

High School:
Holy Angels (Sidney, OH); St. Gregory (Cincinnati)

Position:
Secretary

Monogram Earned:
Football

Graduated:
1973

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October 20
6:30 PM
Schivarelli Football Players Lounge Reception
Schivarelli Players' Lounge (Notre Dame Stadium)
October 21
4:00 PM
Pre-Game Reception USC
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
October 21
11:30 PM
Post-Game Mass
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
October 27
6:30 PM
Monogram Club Annual Reception
Schivarelli Players' Lounge/North Tunnel (Notre Dame Stadium)
October 28
12:00 PM
Pre-Game Reception NC State
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
October 28
3:30 PM
All-Monogram Pre-Game Tunnel
Notre Dame Stadium
October 28
7:00 PM
Monogram Club Annual Mass & Meeting
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
November 3
6:30 PM
Schivarelli Football Players Lounge Reception
Schivarelli Players' Lounge (Notre Dame Stadium)
November 4
12:00 PM
Pre-Game Reception Wake Forest
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
November 4
7:00 PM
Post-Game Mass
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
November 8
6:30 PM
Fall Monogram Jacket Ceremony
Club Naimoli (Joyce Center)
November 17
6:30 PM
Schivarelli Football Players Lounge Reception
Schivarelli Players' Lounge (Notre Dame Stadium)
November 18
12:00 PM
Pre-Game Reception Navy
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)
November 18
7:00 PM
Post-Game Mass
Monogram Room (Joyce Center)

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KEVIN O'CONNOR
President // Monogram Earned: Lacrosse
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Former lacrosse standout Kevin J. O'Connor began a two-year term as president of the Monogram Club in September 2015. O'Connor, former Associate Attorney General of the United States - the third-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice - and United States Attorney for Connecticut, currently serves as General Counsel for Point72 Asset Management in Stamford, Connecticut.

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