A Fighter in and out of court, wrestling champ Santini earned the top possible peer review rating.
Frank Santini graduated first in his law school’s class of full-time students, second overall, summa cum laude, at Stetson University Law School. Prior to founding The Frank Santini Law Firm, Frank worked with a nationally-recognized Florida law firm for 9 years, where he learned from and conducted trials with and against some of best attorneys in the country. Licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Florida and New Jersey, as well as the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Frank has represented a significant variety of clients from injured individuals to large, multinational corporations, banks, and insurance companies. Among his many litigation accomplishments, Frank:
Successfully defended a lender at Arbitration and obtained award for costs in a $2.5 million dollar action by an account holder regarding purported unauthorized instruments.
Represented a minor in obtaining a six-figure plus settlement against an after-school program following a playground fall.
Represented lender in obtaining deficiency judgment in excess of $1 million dollars against guarantor.
Represented national chain of fitness centers in obtaining favorable settlement against personal training conglomerate.
In addition to his significant personal injury and business law experience, Frank has noteworthy experience in cybersecrity and data privacy matters. He has been invited to speak on the topic for such prestigious organizations as Financial Executives International, the National Apartment Association, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, among many others. Frank has authored articles published by the American Bar Association and Daily Business Review, and has been cited in news publications like the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Business Observer, and Multi-Housing News.
Frank credits his success as a lawyer to his extremely diverse background and experiences. Frank is a former professional wrestler, having trained under wrestling greats like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. Frank worked as a “heel” or “bad guy” lawyer in his wrestling role, channeling into his wrestling character some of the most repugnant behavior from other lawyers he would encounter in his practice. In 2013, he became the only attorney in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance to win the National Wrestling Alliance Florida Heavyweight Championship.
Frank also has substantial experience as an actor. He has appeared in principal roles in dozens of independent films, as well as several commercials for Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.
As a child, Frank was very shy. He worked very hard to make himself a great trial lawyer in the courtroom and a great performer on the wrestling and acting stages. Frank participated in Toastmaster for several years, earning honors as the Area Champion in Humorous Speeches.
As an undergraduate, Frank was a decorated offensive lineman on the football team earning Academic All-American and Unanimous 1st Team All-Conference honors, as well as serving as team captain. Frank was also a conference champion in the shot-put and broke his college’s 30-year-old shot-put record.
Frank was raised on a small dairy farm in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He attended public school and earned full scholarships to both college and law school, living in a small single-wide trailer during his first year in law school to save money.
There’s a reason Frank was named “Friendliest” in his high school. He takes the time to know and understand people. Frank does the same with his clients. He has also built a network of attorneys in Florida and New Jersey he knows and trusts to work with him on his cases, if he feels your case needs special attention from multiple attorneys. If you’ve had a serious personal injury case involving an automobile or truck accident, premises liability, liquor liability violations, sexual abuse or wrongful death, Frank will help you or he will find someone that can help you. Licensed to practice in all of Florida and New Jersey counties, Santini has litigated against some of the largest companies in the U.S., and effectively negotiated substantial settlements for his clients. Recently, attorney Santini was recognized by Super Lawyers and as AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating bestowed upon attorneys.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2009||08/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2020|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Florida Heavyweight Champion||National Wrestling Alliance||2013|
|Leadership Certificate||Stetson University College of Law||2008|
|Salutatorian - Summa Cum Laude||Stetson University School of Law||2008|
|Law Review Editor||Stetson University College of Law||2008|
|Book Award - Highest Grade in Criminal Procedure||Stetson University College of Law||2008|
|Book Award - Highest Grade in Remedies||Stetson University College of Law||2008|
|Book Award - Highest Grade in Business Law||Stetson University College of Law||2006|
|Book Award - Highest Grade in Constitutional Law||Stetson University College of Law||2005|
|Book Award - Highest Grade in Property Law||Stetson University College of Law||2005|
|Managing Shareholder||Santini Law, PLLC||2017 - Present|
|Co-Chair of Practice Group||Trenam, Kemker, Barkin, Frye, O'neill, & Mullis, PA||2008 - 2017|
|Office of Judge Susan Bucklew||United States Federal Court||2007 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||2019 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Downtown St. Petersburg Toastmasters||Founding Member||2012 - 2015|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Firm Liason||2008 - 2015|
|American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section||Prioritizing Cybersecurity||2017|
|Multi-Housing News (quoted)||Cybersecurity: Attacking the Hack||2017|
|Tampa Bay Business Journal (mentioned)||Why a Major Tampa Firm Launched a New Cyber Practice||2017|
|Business Observer (quoted)||Data Defenders||2017|
|Landis Media (subject of article)||Santini Helps Local Businesses with Cyber Threats||2017|
|Multi-Housing News (quoted)||Network Safety: Experts Weigh In||2017|
|Daily Business Review||Rogue Employees: A Cybersecurity Situation You Can Actually Do Something About||2016|
|Stetson University College of Law||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA, summa cum laude||2008|
|Muhlenberg College||Economics & Theology (double major)||2005|
|University of Georgia Sustainability, Facilities, and Engineering Meeting||The Future of Liability Issues in Indoor Air Quality||2017|
|Tampa Club||Cybersecurity Panel Discussion||2017|
|Tampa Bay Chapter Quarterly Meeting||IT Security as a Competitive Advantage||2017|
|Suncoast Chapter Quarterly Meeting||Cybersecurity Strategy for Certified Public Accountants||2017|
|Gulf Coast Chapter Quarterly Meeting||The Cybersecurity Conundrum||2017|
|Architect of the Capitol Meeting||Legal & Sustainability Issues in Indoor Air Quality||2017|
|2017 NAA Conference||Cybersecurity for CEOs: The Game has Changed||2017|
|Santini v. Fuentes, 795 F.3d 410 (3rd Cir. 2015)||Published Opinion - Reversal of District Court Judgment by United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal|
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