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Frank Joseph Cardis

Criminal defense Attorney at Benton, AR

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Francis Joseph Cardis

  • State Years
    Arkansas - AR 7 years
    Kentucky - KY 23 years
    Ohio - OH 24 years
    Indiana - IN 26 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1997
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Frank

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Frank J. Cardis is a 1989 graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He received his law degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1997. Frank was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.  After many years of practice in greater-Cincinnati, Ohio, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Covington, Kentucky, Frank moved to Central Arkansas to be closer to family.

Frank is admitted to practice law in the States of Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Southern District of Ohio, and Eastern District of Kentucky.  He is a current or past member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Arkansas State Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, Indiana Public Defender Council, Indiana State Bar Association, Dearborn-Ohio County, Indiana Bar Association (Past President), Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and Northern Kentucky Bar Association.

Frank’s primary practice areas are juvenile delinquency and criminal defense.  Over the course of his career, Frank has handled a variety of legal matters including divorce, custody, child support, visitation, adoptions, child abuse and neglect, civil litigation, appeals, personal injury, and bankruptcy.  In May, 2015, Frank was certified as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program Trainer by the National Juvenile Defender Center. He is the only JTIP certified trainer in Arkansas. Additionally, Frank has been a lecturer or faculty member at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), Legal Volunteers of Southeast Indiana, Inc. and the Indiana Public Defender Council in the areas of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency Defense, Trial Advocacy, and Evidence.

During his career, Frank has served on committees related to state-wide juvenile delinquency reform, community corrections, and access to justice/civil legal pro bono initiatives.  He has also served as a board member for literacy programs and a community service ministry.

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Cardis Law
126 N. Main Street
Benton, AR, 72015


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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Frank Cardis represented me as my defense lawyer. I am thrilled with the outcome! I am so glad I hired him instead of trying to handle this on my own.
Posted by Jacob | November 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful I called him!!!
I called Frank Cardis after seeing on his website that he had great experience. He promptly responded and was very helpful in explaining my situation and options. He offered good advice on how best to approach my situation. In consideration of his pleasant demeanor, confidence in law, and ability to think on his feet with excellent judgement, I hired him right then. This decision turned out to be one of the best I ever made! I had not considered such an outstanding outcome was possible before I hired Frank Cardis, yet he made it so. I would especially like to thank Frank Cardis for his tireless effort on my behalf, as he did a tremendous job. I would highly recommend Frank Cardis to anyone in need of legal counsel. Simply put: Frank not only gets the job done, but he gets it done well. He is a good man, and a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
During a time that was most stressful in my own personal life in dealing with the custody of my daughter, Mr. Cardis not only showed excellence in law, but also demonstrated the urgency that I felt in how he handled each and every step. I was followed up by Mr. Cardis to give me an update on the status of my case as things progressed. And he was there to answer every call I made. I never once felt like I did not matter to him. When it was time for court, I was shocked at how prepared he was in detail. He completely took things over, making one of the most stressful days of my life a lot easier. In the end, I am thankful I hired Mr. Cardis, and my rights as custodial guardian are still in tact. I have since referred Mr. Cardis at every opportunity to family and friends.
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Posted by Matt | January 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
It's Rare to find an Attorney you'd be proud to call a friend.
I hired Frank Cardis to perform a routine challeng with the local prosecutor do to an Unwarranted traffic stop, where I pulled around a line of vehicles due to construction where traffic out of our town had been shut down temporarily and my business was with company just 50 feet away. I was cited that the other lane was not a designated lane. Not only did Mr Cardis take the time to understand my concern (which was probably so small that most attorneys would have pushed it aside and told me to pay and wait till the term expired) but he found out that the officer improperly requested information from me, conduct was questionable and established proof that the lane in fact was a USABLE lane. I did however turn left in a right lane around a vehicle (not legal even under the circumstances) but after personally speaking with the prosecutor, was able to promptly dismiss my tickets and fines and was only on a temporary warning (last lasted a mere 3 months. I felt like he walked me through the process like a friend would and was always communicating with me about my situation and my protection under the law. I never once felt like another number. I would recommend Mr. Cardis to anyone. There are no miracles, but he will be straight and caring and has shown that he'll be in your corner fighting for your rights.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cardis Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wallace, Martin, Duke & Russell, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Owner
  • Cardis Law
  • 1998 - 2016


  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Wabash College
  • A.B.
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Dustin Allen v. State of Indiana, 956 N.E.2d 195 (Ind.Ct.App. 2011)
  • The trial court was reversed


  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Saline County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Certified JTIP Trainer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 - Present
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Dearborn County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Past State Delegate
  • 1997 - Present
  • Legal Volunteers of Southeast Indiana, Inc.
  • Executive Director
  • 2005 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Training Immersion Program - TPI
  • Suppressing Juvenile Statements
  • 2015
  • Development in CHINS and Termination of Parental Rights Law
  • Case Law Update
  • 2012
  • Juvenile Delinquency Defense
  • Defending against Detention
  • 2009
  • Criminal Procedure, A to Z
  • Motions to Dismiss
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Frank Cardis in any area of law, but for the purposes of this endorsement, specifically in the area of criminal defense. Frank is incredibly passionate about defending people charged with criminal offenses. His professionalism and knowledge are simply unmatched. Whenever I had a close friend or family member in need of legal services, I always sent them to Frank because I knew their case would be handled with great care and diligence. If you are in need of legal services, I would highly recommend you contact Frank Cardis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I practiced law in the same community as Frank for some 15 years. Frank was a consummate professional, always prepared, and very highly regarded for his skill and legal savvy. Whenever I had to refer someone whom I could not represent for whatever reason, I could always refer to Frank with confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cardis' Avvo Q&A responses are well thought out and articulated."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Cardis, he is a very talented and dedicated criminal defense attorney, who has been able to obtain favorable results using a first rate knowledge of the Criminal Code, creative negotiation skills, and years of trial experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is the man to see for Criminal Defense. I have had many opportunities to read Frank's legal work and analysis, as well as hear from his client's.His legal writing and analysis are top-notch. His clients are pleased by his responsivenes, thoroughness and aggressiveness. Because of the aforementioned, Judges and Prosecutors respect his legal arguments. That respect determines how good of a plea-offer an attorney can negotiate for his clients. Therefore, if you are in trouble, Frank is the man to see!"
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