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Marion Joy Frank

Business Attorney at Apollo Beach, FL

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Mari J. Frank, Esq, CIPP

  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marion

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    I mediate these disputes to keep the costs down, protect my clients' privacy, confidentiality and reduce their stress.

    34 years, 150 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    I mediate these disputes to keep the costs down, protect my clients' privacy, confidentiality and reduce their stress.

  3. Family
    I mediate these disputes to keep the costs down, protect my clients' privacy, confidentiality and reduce their stress.

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Mari J. Frank
411 Apollo Beach Blvd.
Apollo Beach, FL, 33572
Mari J. Frank, Esq.
28202 Cabot Road
Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677
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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great family law attorney!
Mari Frank was incredibly supportive in a difficult time. She knows that law and acts very professionally. She is kind and fair to both parties. She taught me a lot to stand up for myself such as "I'm not comfortable with that." or "Let me think about it." I consider her as a lifelong friend and I am very grateful to have known her. I highly recommend her and her services!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2018
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Mari was extremely positive and thorough
Mari was highly recommended to us by my moms divorce lawyer. She was kind and extremely thorough every step of the way. I mostly appreciate her explaining the process as this was a painful experience and Mari made it as positive as possible! Thank you Mari!
Posted by Morgan Mansfield | December 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Privacy Expert
Mari J. Frank is a superb lawyer/mediator who is extremely insightful, strategic and highly knowledgeable in her expertise – Identity Theft and Fraud. Mari is an amazing woman to work with she has great judgement and integrity in all matters regarding ID Theft and Fraud. Mari works kindly and fairly with other counsel in order to achieve the best results for her clients. Mari’s approach to finding a solution in order to avoid illiberal behavior that can interfere in achieving the preeminent solutions and strategies for ensuring her client’s identity to be restored. Nobody has greater depth, experience, knowledge and practical wisdom than Mari J. Frank. Technically an expert in Identify Theft, Mari is very eager to settle and mediate cases and has a heart of gold only wanting what is best for her clients’. Mari J. Frank is the most honest, genuine and straight forward attorney I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She saved my identity, while teaching me how to protect myself in the future from the broad scope of ID theft and any type of fraud. I have had the pleasure of working with Mari as my legal counsel for the last nine months and I have never trusted or felt so taken care of until I met Mari J. Frank. Mari’s approach to handling cases (Mine for example) is something I’ve never experienced before while working with other counsel. She is a go getter, a straight shooter, and is one of the respectable bright minds in this industry. I would recommend Mari J. Frank to anyone who has had any sort of fraud acts done upon them. She carries herself with such grace that when she walks in a room you can’t help but know you’re in good hands. In regards to my situations, Mari has saved my life. She’s given me my identify back which included a fresh start, justice to those who violated the law at my exposure and is someone who I can always reach out to and know I’m getting the best advice. I can’t articulate in words any further how much Mari J. Frank has done for me personally and how great she is at what she what she does, but all I can say is if you want the best counsel by your side, Mari is hands down the woman for the job. All in all, I have been thankful since the day I met Mari. She is one of a kind and no one can do her job or has the type of knowledge required to handle such serious matters that affect millions on a daily basis. If there were more than five stars to give someone I’d give them all to Mari.
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Posted by Chris Anne | October 6, 2016
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Top Notch Divorce Mediator!
Last year and into the first half of this year, my ex husband and I had Mari mediate our divorce. I found Mari to be consistently professional, knowledgeable, and helpful from the initial 3-way call to the final financial paperwork. She was easy to reach when a question came up, quick to respond to email and phone calls, and compassionate towards us as individuals. I highly recommend Mari for divorce mediation if you can afford her. You won't be sorry you choose her. She's the best!
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2016
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Divorce through mediatiton
My husband and I were married almost 38 years. We did not want this to be a knocked down drag out fight for either us or the family. We turned to Mediation. Mari Frank came highly recommended. We instantly liked her. She was fair knew her job and was unbiased. She was kind and supportive to both of us even when we were very unlikeable. She stuck with us. She was very professional. Thank you Mari, Linda
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
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Hands down, The very BEST lawyer and mediator
Last year my ex husband and I wanted to hire a mediator to help us with our divorce. Mari and her services ended up being the biggest gift during a difficult time. After having an initial phone consultation with her, I knew that she was the right choice for us. She was so compassionate and caring, as well as being extremely knowledgeable about maintaining privacy in divorce. My ex and I decided that she was worth driving an hour and a half away to meet. If I knew then what I know now, it's a trip that I would make again and again- even if she were 4 times the distance away. Mari is the most incredible lawyer and mediator. The ease and comfort that she has with the law and it's processes are instantly comforting. As skilled as she is with the technical side of law, she really shines on the emotional side of mediation. Some lawyers are good at contracts and forms, some are good when it comes down to the art of negotiation; Mari has the unique gift of being the very best in both aspects of the divorce process. It's a balance that is hard to walk at times, and yet, she is fluid in how she moves effortlessly between the two sides, head and heart. Her ability to shift a sentiment, and to provide light in a moment of darkness gave us hope on so many occasions that everything would be okay. We found that the times in which she reminded us of the bigger picture, and of the strength and power of letting go and moving forward was healing during the process. And we did, we made it through, just as she promised. Mari was a fast worker and was very conscientious of the timing of our legal needs. I truly believe that she saved us tens of thousands of dollars with her attentive legal work and her compassionate heart. She genuinely roots for both sides and wants the best outcome for everyone. It is beyond measure the blessing it has been to meet and work with Mari. She became so much more to me than just an attorney. She is a friend, a joy, she is one of a kind, and she is truly special.
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Posted by Elaine | November 19, 2015
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Educated, fair and honest
Mari was recommended to me, from a friend, and I am so very glad I met with her. Mari helped guide me through the divorce process with facts and patience. She met with both my ex and I, or did phone conferences, with respect to both of us and explained, with professionalism and kindness, what the law dictates. She helped negotiate terms that, I believe, helped through this emotional time. I would, highly, recommend her.
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Posted by Leonard | April 20, 2015
Mari Frank is a phenomenal Negotiation Coach
I needed help negotiating a financial settlement. Mari Frank was phenomenal. She provided expert guidance with the written agreement and steered me through the negotiation process, step by step. I am so grateful Mari was there for me. I appreciated her professionalism, expertise, and genuine caring manner. I highly recommend her services.
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Posted by D.M. | April 8, 2015
Mari Frank, Mediator
I have had recent experience with Mari Frank as the mediator in the dissolution of my long-term marriage. She expertly assisted in negotiating many difficult issues. She just as skillfully helped with the emotional upheaval on both sides. Mari's interpersonal skills are excellent. Her attention to detail and ability to keep things moving were very effective. Her assistant was also very helpful during the sometimes complicated process. I can highly recommend Mari Frank as an excellent mediator.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2013
Can't imagine it being any worse
Doesn't seem neutral, takes case and makes them overly complicated, wastes time on non issues, seems like she only wants to use up all your money (she would never admit), she blames and contradicts client, I wouldn't wish her on my worst enemy, wanted to fire her a bunch of times and got talked into hanging in there - mistake.
Response from Marion Frank April 7, 2015
My heart goes out to you. You wrote this 2 years ago and I just saw this. I understand you are now working with your 5th attorney, and you are entrenched in very expensive, public, contentious litigation as of April 2015. . You called our office for help in between attorneys after you wrote this. As your former attorney/mediator it would be unethical for me to assist you without returning to mediation with both you and your wife as well. It is true that I am detailed and require that both parties act in good faith to disclose all finances as required by law. Unlike litigation where parties battle, look to blame and are out to "get" each other, (which you have been experiencing for over two years) mediation is meant to be a private, collaborative process which follows court guidelines, helps parties to fulfill their fiduciary duties, and requires honesty and fairness. It actually wastes time and money if parties hide assets (requiring subpoenas of bank accounts, etc) attack each other, come to meetings unprepared, refuse to sign stipulations already pre-approved by all, and in act in bad faith. When mediation clients act cooperatively, voluntarily provide important documents in a timely manner, act respectfully to one another (without the need for one party to file a TRO against the other), the fees are lower, privacy is maintained, the process is quicker and less stressful, and the parties and their children can move on positively in their lives. It is my heartfelt desire for all my clients to forgive the past, heal their conflicts, get a fair outcome, grow from the process, and move on happily. I am sorry for you that you originally filed in June of 2012 and it's almost three years and you are still in litigation. I am sure that you now recognize that mediation was much less expensive than the court battle. You are still fighting an expensive, stressful proceeding in court. Both you and your wife deserve to move on positively. People in divorce are angry with their situation and their spouse, and if they don't get all that they want they are angry with their mediator or attorneys. You are a very astute professional and deserve happiness in your professional and with your significant other and baby. My hope for you and your wife is that you will let go of the bitterness you have toward your wife and the lawyers, and consider being collaborative so you can finally come up with a mutually acceptable agreement. You both are wasting your hard earned money on a battle that hurts you both. You say in this headnote- that you can't imagine it being any worse? Well I looked at the public court record, and it has gotten much much worse, as now your case was also assigned to a new Judge in January and you have terminated five lawyers. As you know, I made myself available to you to answer your calls on weekends and when you wanted to buy your new residence, I convinced your spouse to allow you to do that without a court battle, so you could do so in a timely manner. Now that you are continuing in this public process, your personal and financial privacy is exposed . Mediation is the only forum that protects your privacy. Perhaps you and your spouse may wish to consider asking your lawyers to bring the case to another mediator to finally end the pain of this dissolution . I wish the best for you both- underneath the pain and hostility you are both very good people.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mari J Frank, Esq and Associates
  • 1989 - Present


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Certification in Mediation
  • 2000
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Certification
  • 1994
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Certification, Mediation
  • 1989
  • Western State College of Law
  • N/A
  • Hofstra University
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Executive Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Executive Committee Member, Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar Certified MCLE Trainer
  • Trainer
  • 1992 - Present
  • Mediation Conference Committee Executive Board,
  • Chair of Speakers, Vice Chair of Committee
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Divorce Magazine
  • National Advisory Board
  • 2008 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Protecting Privacy in Your Business
  • 2015
  • ADR Section of Orange County Bar
  • Ethics, Civility and Power in Negotiations
  • 2015
  • State Bar of California Annual conference
  • Ethics and Civility in Negotiations
  • 2014
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • Substance Abuse Prevention for Lawyers
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Consumer protection Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mari and I have been working together on identity theft and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases for probably a decade. She is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and caring for her client's interests. I strongly endorse her for these types of cases. Thank you for reading my endorsement. Bob Brennan"
Consumer protection