Frank A. Santini

Associate

ALTERNATE CONTACT

Terri Fowler
Legal Secretary

OVERVIEW

Frank Santini concentrates his practice in the areas of cybersecurity, commercial litigation, and personal injury. Frank’s cybersecurity practice focuses on working with small and medium-sized businesses in cybersecurity compliance and litigation avoidance. Frank approaches his cybersecurity practice holistically, endeavoring to work in tandem with cybersecurity forensic experts, insurers, public relations and c-level executives to minimize any damage that may be caused by a data breach. Frank also assists businesses seeking a proactive approach to cybersecurity and interpreting the ever-changing cybersecurity laws, regulations, and business-sector-based standards, including drafting policies and procedures.

Frank has represented business in varied industries in commercial litigation, with a special emphasis on banking and financial services. Frank has also represented clients in both prosecuting and defending personal injury lawsuits.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Frank was a professional wrestler, having competed for the National Wrestling Alliance and TNA Impact Wrestling. Frank is a former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion.

Additionally, Frank was a standout offensive lineman for the Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania) football team, earning Academic All-American honors and serving as team captain.

EXPERIENCE

  • Represented minor in obtaining six-figure settlement against after-school program following playground fall
  • Represented lender in obtaining deficiency judgment in excess of $1M against guarantor.
  • Represented lender in foreclosure of real property with environmental issues and successfully obtained authority to enlist a Special Master to handle sale of real property, ultimately resulting in a successful sale to purchaser with expertise in remediating contaminated properties.
  • Successfully defended lender at Arbitration and obtained award for costs in $2.5M action by account holder regarding purported unauthorized instruments.
  • Successfully defended financial services company at trial against claim for unauthorized distribution of funds.
  • Successfully obtained judgment of eviction for landlord at trial on a non-monetary default of tenant.
  • Represented chain of fitness centers in obtaining favorable settlement against personal training company.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Cyberspace Committee
    • Cybersecurity Subcommittee
  • Member, Florida Chapter of InfraGard, a nonprofit partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure between cybersecurity threats.
  • Founding Member, Friends of Raman, a Stetson Law School scholarship fund
  • Toastmasters
    • Humorous Speach Contest Champion
    • Past Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms
    • Founding Member of Downtown St. Pete Toastmasters

PUBLICATIONS

"Rogue Employees: A Cybersecurity Scenario You Can Actually Do Something About", Author, Daily Business Review, November 9, 2016.

NEWS

PRESENTATIONS

  • Cyber Panel, Financial Executives International, Tampa Bay Chapter, April 2017
  • Crash Course in Legal Issues in Cybersecurity for the Open Web Application Security Project, Tampa Bay Chapter, March 2017
  • "Cybersecurity for CPAs: A Legal Perspective," Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, February 2017.

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell

EDUCATION

J.D., summa cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2008

-Graduated second in his class of 200+ students
-Stetson Honors Program
-Stetson Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor
-Office of The Honorable Susan C. Bucklew at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Intern
-Book awards in Constitutional Law, Real Property I, Agency and Unincorporated Business Organizations, Remedies, and Criminal Procedure

MBA, Stetson University, 2008

Executive Certificate Cybersecurity Leadership & Strategy, Florida International University

B.A., cum laude, Muhlenberg College, 2005

ADMISSIONS

Florida

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Alternate Contact

Terri Fowler
Legal Secretary

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2008

-Graduated second in his class of 200+ students
-Stetson Honors Program
-Stetson Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor
-Office of The Honorable Susan C. Bucklew at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Intern
-Book awards in Constitutional Law, Real Property I, Agency and Unincorporated Business Organizations, Remedies, and Criminal Procedure

MBA, Stetson University, 2008

Executive Certificate Cybersecurity Leadership & Strategy, Florida International University

B.A., cum laude, Muhlenberg College, 2005

Admissions

Florida

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

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