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UALC Welcomes Frank Aquila of Sullivan & Cromwell to its Board of Directors

Published: September 19th, 2013

Uniting Against Lung Cancer Welcomes Frank Aquila of Sullivan & Cromwell to its Board of Directors

New York, N.Y. (September 19, 2013) – Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC), a nonprofit dedicated to funding innovative research and raising awareness to find a cure for lung cancer, announces that Frank Aquila, partner and co-head of the General Practice Group at Sullivan & Cromwell, the international law firm, has joined the foundation’s board of directors.

Mr. Aquila will draw on his experience as one of the industry’s leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers to assist the foundation in its fight against lung cancer, and will work to advance UALC’s mission of finding a cure for the nation’s number one cancer killer.

“Frank has been a dedicated supporter of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our board of directors,” said Mary Anne Tighe, president of the board. “His respected professional pedigree and passion for philanthropy makes us confident that Frank will be a treasured member of our board. We’re proud to have Frank join UALC as it continues to expand its sphere of influence and reach new heights in the fight against lung cancer.”

Mr. Aquila’s work with Uniting Against Lung Cancer is a testament to his strong support of community and charitable endeavors.  In addition to UALC, Mr. Aquila is involved with several global nonprofits such as Dress for Success Worldwide; the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Brooklyn Law School, the Economic Club of New York and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity; and the American Bar Foundation.

Furthermore, Mr. Aquila has received several professional recognitions of note. He was named by the National Association for Corporate Directors to its “Directorship 100,” as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance, and is a two-time recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He was selected by the American Bar Association as a “Legal Rebel” – one of the profession’s 50 leading innovators; has been named “Dealmaker of the Year” by American Lawyer; is a recipient of the Atlas Award “Global M&A Lawyer of the Year”; and has been ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1.

Since 2003, UALC has awarded more than $10 million to medical institutions across the country, leading to over $55 million in follow-on-funding, new researchers joining the field, and significant scientific progress which is already indicating a positive impact on lung cancer patients.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in New York, is dedicated to funding innovative research and raising awareness of the nation’s deadliest cancer. Since 2001, UALC has become one of the leading sources of funding for lung cancer research in the country.  For more information, please visit