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Frank Michael Malatesta

Employment and labor Attorney at Venice, FL

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2012
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Working with small business owners to ensure compliance with overtime and minimum wage, DOL Audits, Discrimination, non-compete agreements, and employee management practices. My goal is to avoid litigation costs in the first place by implementing a plan for compliance.

  2. Discrimination
    The EEOC, FCHR and some Counties provide a free administrative process to help protect you and enforce your Title VII, FCRA rights as an employee. Unfortunately, many times the EEOC, FCHR or County process takes time and delays the inevitable litigation. I work with employees to aggressively pursue their rights under the law and am prepared to litigate and try your matter before a jury if necessary.

  3. Sexual harassment
    Sexual harassment on the basis of sex, "quid pro quo" sexual harassment (demands for sex), and other forms of sexual harassment.

  4. Wrongful termination
    Despite Florida being an employement-at-will state, there are numerous protections for employees at the Federal, State and local level. I help employees navigate these issues and answer questions regarding questionable terminations.

  5. Contracts and agreements
    General Civil Litigation and Breach of Contract.



My mission is to work with my clients and limit their legal costs and liability while I zealously represent them on employment law and health law matters. As a solo practitioner, my clients have direct, unfettered access to me as your attorney. This is a different concept than what you will find in larger law firms or even some solo practitioners. I believe that this type of access is something my clients should expect from their lawyer. 

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Venice Office (Main)
871 Venetia Bay Blvd Ste 220
Venice, FL, 34285
Orlando Office
37 North Orange Ave
Suite 500
Orlando, FL, 32801
Miami Office
14 NE First Ave
10th Floor
Miami, FL, 33132
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4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Alysha | October 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Talented Employment Law Attorney!
I highly recommend Mr. Malatesta to anyone who is in need of a talented employment law attorney. My case took over 3 years to move through the legal system and Frank was always happy to provide me with updates and answer any questions I had as we moved through the process. He and his staff were always very responsive whether answering my email or phone call. You can count on Frank to be straightforward with you on all matters related to your case. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and highly skilled in employment law. I absolutely recommend Malatesta Law!
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Posted by Taryn | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, genuine - sincerely cares for his clients
Frank went up against a juggernaut of a large financial company ( complete with a large team of lawyers on staff ) - Frank won my case ! Not only did he get my job back, he was able to negotiate backpay for me too. Mr. Malatesta is as genuine as they come , very fair with pricing - the level of care he shows his clients is sincere. If you are in a tough spot ( which I was ) - call him - he is fantastic all around . Semper Fi !!! Thank you Sir!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Recommend
Assisted with contract dispute. Was able to get contract voided with no adverse conditions.
Posted by Mario | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Found him online
Online his profile said good things but not enough to what I can say about his professionalism and now a days its hard to find a lawyer that is true to his word! Would recommend him to my friends and family!
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional!
Frank Malatesta helped me settle a wrongful termination/discrimination case. He has a lot of knowledge and is great at communicating throughout the process. I highly recommend him for any Employment and labor, Wrongful termination, or Discrimination case you need help with.
Posted by preston | June 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Posted by Trevoine | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent man
He communicated very well with me when I had questions and needed updates on my case. Was able to have my ex employer pay me and my fees. Very straight forward with everything we discussed. Plan was very clear as the case went on.
Posted by Melanie | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful service
Frank walked me through every step of the process and made it easy for me to understand without being condescending. Moreover, he always answered his emails and calls as soon as he could and, most importantly, got me a fair settlement. I have recommended his services and will continue to do so with confidence.
Posted by Julia | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Frank Malatesta had exceptional work ethic, dedication and commitment to my case. I was very satisfied with the outcome and would strongly reccommend him.
Posted by Dominique | May 22, 2015
very helpful
I called Mr. Malatesta to help with unpaid wages and that he did. He was very helpful on how I should go about the situation by telling me the right way and wrong way to handle it. He also gave me great references and the right verbage to approach this ordeal with confidence. I would definetly recommend Mr. Maletesta to anyone who is having employment issues
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Posted by Faye | March 20, 2015
great legal experience
Wonderful experience I would highly recommend him. He negotiated for everything I asked in a timely reasonably priced manner
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Does not listen.
I had a consultation with him and I hung up the phone within five minutes. He interrupted me as I was speaking as if we were family, which we are not. He bailed for my five o'clock phone meeting and called me at 6. I will not be calling him again, and I do not recommend him.
Response from Frank Malatesta April 12, 2018
During the consultation, (like I see many times) the issues presented while unfair were not illegal. I did drive the conversation away from additional extraneous information and began explaining why this wasn’t a violation of the specific law cited. This individual did not accept my conclusion, interrupted me and eventually hung up. As an attorney, funneling out information is an important part of what we do as professionals. I’m going to dig in and pull out the information relevant to your case. Then, regardless of whether your going to be a client, I take the time to explain my case evaluation. Some people thank me for taking the time, some people hang up because they don’t like what they hear.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Malatesta Law Office
  • 2014 - Present
  • Vice president of Business Development
  • Coastal Care Nursing Associates, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2014


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • FLSA (represented defendant)
  • Settled for $375.
  • Florida Whistleblower Act
  • $25,000 settlement.
  • Wage Theft Violation
  • 150% of unpaid comissions
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  • South West Florida Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Private Care Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (6)
Endorse Frank
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is a diligent and hardworking lawyer that provides excellent representation for his clients and has a keen advocate's eye. Strongly endorse."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen his responses on AVVO and he is very knowledgeable when it comes to employee wage claims."
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Venice Employment and labor Lawyer Frank Michael Malatesta
Frank Michael Malatesta
Employment and labor Attorney
Venice, FL
Licensed for 11 years
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