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Gustavo Eduardo Frances

Family Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Gustavo

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I am Gustavo E. Frances, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents people facing Family Law issues. I also handle civil legal matters, like car accidents and condominium law issues.  I help people with certain criminal cases when they need it, on a case by case basis. 

I graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a B.A. degree in criminal justice, and earned my law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami, where I graduated with honors.

I worked as an assistant public defender for three years before starting my own law practice. During that time, I defended hundreds of defendants with cases ranging from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. I became familiar with many of the prosecutors and judges, and I use my knowledge to help my clients make smart choices about their own legal situations.

I have never been a pencil pusher. I am a fighter, and I fight hard to help you get the best possible results in Florida courts. 


Client's Choice 2017,2014
Client's Choice
2017 2014

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Gustavo Eduardo Frances
The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances
151 NE 16th Avenue. Suite 1
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


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  16 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
civil/family law case
Gustavo Frances and his law office was absoultey the legal team needed to get the job done with the best results. Gustavo is a fighter for his clients. He does not back down from what is right for his client. He is not easily intimidated and he is hands on with your case from beginning to end! He remains realistic and spends the time needed to know your case. Gustavo is one if the best when it comes to litigation. He comes with confidence, fights with power of reason, his expertise with his knowledge of the law, and facts of the case. A winning combo every time. It was a pleasure working with Gustavo and his law office and I recommend Gustavo for both criminal and custody cases.
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Posted by Viv | August 21, 2017
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Integrity is something many lawyers lack. This was something I was looking for in a lawyer. I had met with a few and declined on their services simply on their reviews and feedback from many, until Gustavo Frances came highly recommended and once I met him and had my first meeting with him to discuss my case I knew this would be the lawyer to represent me. He is professional, compassionate, and understanding, He will give you the best advise possible based on your best interest. It may not be want you want. But, it is certainly in your best interest. And that is what you want from a lawyer. I am thankful to him for taking my case and helping me through a difficult situation as best as possible. I highly recommend Gustavo, hopefully I will not need him again. But, I know I would always choose him to represent me.
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Posted by Larry | August 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best family law attorney
I have unfortunately been involved with many family law attorney's in the past due to a difficult divorce and children issues. Mr. Frances guided me in the right direction from the first day. He not only did a great job, he also corrected previous mistakes. I will never use a different attorney
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Doesn't get any better.
You couldn't ask for a better present help you. We use him for our business and personal issues. Great guy, always responds to emails. No complaints.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't get any better!
Communication was great. Easy to deal with. Will never use someone else again. Don't waste your time looking for someone else. He is great!
Posted by Valencia | August 26, 2014
Good Lawyer
“The Best Attorney, The Best Service” “I worked with Mr Gustavo E Frances and his assistant Lily Bonilla from the Law offices of Gustavo E Frances. I received the best professional service that a client can imagine.They truly understand the law. I strongly recommend Mr. Frances . ”
Posted by leslie | August 20, 2014
Family oriented lawyer
I sat down with alot of lawyers and everyone seemed to be more interested in money. Mr. Frances took the time to have a detailed consultation and seemed to really care about how I felt. He was very helpful with payment plans and made me feel comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation.
Posted by Chris | August 20, 2014
Glad I hired this lawyer
I don't think another lawyer could have given me a better result. He really avoids the drama and works diligently to resolve the case. I think that he really cares about what is best for his clients and he always makes sure that the children are taken care of.
Posted by Michelle | August 19, 2014
Very good lawyer
made it so there was little fighting in my divorce. wish I would have met him under different circumstances
Posted by Jamal | August 19, 2014
Great Advice Great Result
Mr. Frances did his very best to get me what I wanted out of my case. He guided me in better choices and helped me keep my cool when I would have otherwise lost it. I highly recommend him!
Posted by AVA | July 7, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
Mr.Frances Worked diligently to make sure myself and my children's safety was a priority..And succeeded ! His guidance and excellent representaion in court through a difficult time made the situation easier knowing he was by my side
Posted by Brendaliz | July 29, 2013
Great Lawyer!
My husband and I live in Central Florida. I found Mr. Frances through a website. He handled my husband domestic violence case. He was very quick in answering us back with our request, he gave us all possible scenario's and how we were going to handle them. He was realistic and very resourceful. Needless to say he made this incredibly hard process so much more bareable and easier to handle. The case was subsequently dismissed (very quickly i might add). This shows that he definitly gets the job done. Mr Frances is a lawyer you need to hire!!! I will always be greatful for what he did for my family.
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Posted by Lauren | January 8, 2013
Great lawyer for family issues
I hired Mr. Frances to assist me with my child support payments and seeing my son. He was very quick and effective. He negotiated the case without having to go to mediation and saved me a ton of money in support payments. I am also able to spend more time with my son now.
Posted by James | January 7, 2013
Love this guy
This was one of the worst experiences of my life, but the lawyer explained everything to me and walked me through a complicated process. he got me exactly what I wanted, and I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Stuart | September 23, 2011
couldn't be happier
When I started I had a public defender and they were telling me I was going to do to prison. I hired Mr. Frances and he got my case dismissed. I now have a second chance at life. Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2011
Fantastic Lawyer
Mr. Frances was well worth the money I paid. He kept me from having to go to jail and managed to get most of my charges dismissed. If I ever get in trouble again, I know who to call
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, Esq.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Broward County Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2008


  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Florida International University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Win


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Rifle Association
  • Supporter
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Best Student in the Study of Contracts
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2005


  • Firm Website
  • Blog
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Broward Friends of the Sheriff
  • Stand Your Ground
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (5)
Endorse Gustavo
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent research skills. Very organized and capable of making complex legal arguments in Court, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gus is a phenomenal lawyer and a super nice person. I highly recommend him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gus is an excellent lawyer. I have known him for almost ten years now, and I have referred clients to him knowing that he will take great care of them. Gus truly cares about his clients and their well-being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a strong knowledge of the law and regularly offers sound (free) legal advice on this site. Solid litigator, top-notch."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gustavo has been a friend and colleague of mine for a decade now. I have worked with him on both Criminal, and Family Law matters. He is an excellent trial lawyer, bright, aggressive, and experienced. I would be very happy to have Gustavo's representation on any legal matter, and would rest assured if he was arguing my case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gustavo. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gus has proven over the years he can walk the walk. Sincere and passionate about his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mr. Frances for a number of years now. He is honest, highly skilled, and has always been a zealous advocate for all of his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gustavo is an outstanding courtroom advocate"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gus is a skillful, enterprising attorney driven to obtain quality results for his clients. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Fort Lauderdale Family Lawyer Gustavo Eduardo Frances
Gustavo Eduardo Frances
Family Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 18 years
Virtual consultation available