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Named a Florida Trend magazine “Up and Comer” for the past several years, Frank Sardinha represents prominent and successful businesses and individual clients in complex, high-stakes civil litigation. A pragmatic advocate and litigator and ardent team player, Frank is resolutely committed to exceeding the expectations of clients and colleagues alike.
Involved in all stages of civil litigation, Frank serves as a catalyst for keeping resolution moving forward and matter constituents well-informed. His litigation and case management experience includes conducting investigations, discovery, depositions and settlement negotiations, appearing in court and arguing motions, and preparing for trial and appeal. Frank is frequently able to identify potential problems and solutions others may overlook. Notably, he is particularly skilled in taking and defending depositions, where his preparation, resourcefulness and professionalism serve clients well.
Frank is appreciated for his willingness to go above and beyond in pursuit of the right result for firm clients. He is aggressive when needed and tempered when a situation calls for a careful or diplomatic approach to realizing the right end. Meticulously prepared and driven to achieve each client’s distinct goals, Frank thrives in the face of challenge and the pressure inherent in adversarial proceedings. In addition to his resolute work ethic, Frank continuously strives to build strong relationships of trust with everyone around him.
In the community, Frank’s spirit of commitment is manifest in his myriad volunteer endeavors. Frank is currently the youngest member of the Board of Directors for Florida American Legion Boys State, after serving as the program’s youngest ever Executive Director. He is an active participant in, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, an organization focused on service to humanity without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender or religious beliefs. Frank also serves as a coach and Alumni Advisory Board member of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board at the University of Miami School of Law.
Member of the litigation team that represented pop-star Justin Bieber from civil claims for battery and negligence.
- Represented former WBC Middleweight Champion in World Boxing Council administrative appeal process.
- Provided support for the majority shareholder of an electronic financial services firm in a corporate dissociation action against the minority members.
- Defended prominent Palm Beach County restaurant of tortious interference claims, resulting in favorable settlement on behalf of its owners.
- Provided support for investors in litigation concerning the Miami World Center development project which resulted in a favorable settlement with their former partners.
Prior to joining the firm, Frank practiced at a well-respected Florida law firm where he defended claims of products liability, medical negligence, pharmaceutical and medical devices liability, auto negligence and premises liability in both state and federal courts. During law school, Frank worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. Prior to law school, Frank worked in the financial services industry.
Awards and Recognition
- "Ones to Watch," Best Lawyers - Commercial Litigation, 2021
- Trustee, Dade County Defense Bar Association
- "Rising Stars," Florida Super Lawyers, 2020
- "Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer," Florida Trend, 2016-2017, 2020
- The Legion of Honor Award, The Chapel of Four Chaplains Foundations, 2018
- Minette Massey Alumni Award, University of Miami School of Law, 2015
- Order of Barristers, University of Miami School of Law, 2014
- Faculty Scholarship Recipient, Litigation Skills Program, University of Miami School of Law, 2013
- Semi-Finalist, Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition – The Florida Bar, 2013
- Semi-Finalist, Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition – Albany Law School, 2013
- Champion, John T. Gaubatz Moot Court Competition – University of Miami School of Law, 2012
Mr. Sardinha serves on the Board of Directors for Florida American Legion Boys State. From 2012 through 2018, Mr. Sardinha served as the Director of Florida American Legion Boys State. As the leader of Florida’s Premiere Youth Leadership Program, Mr. Sardinha, along with a volunteer staff of 70, oversaw 530+ rising high school seniors during a week-long summer educational program focused on Florida’s history, legal system and legislature. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Sardinha became the youngest-serving Director of the program’s 73 year history. He had the honor of planning, coordinating, and presiding over the program’s 75th Session. The Tallahassee Democrat published an article about the 75th session.
As well, Mr. Sardinha is a member of the Board of Directors of The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, which is a national organization out of Philadelphia honoring four war heroes from World War II. The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation’s vision is to impart the principles of selfless service to humanity without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender, or religious beliefs.
Consistent with his dedication to the moot court program during law school, Mr. Sardinha also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board at the University of Miami School of Law. He assists in the strategic planning and direction of the moot court program, while serving as a Coach for several of the program’s competitive teams. His success as a student has transitioned to success as a Coach:
- 2014 John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition – Seton Hall Law School, Champion
- 2014 Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition – The Florida Bar, Champion
- 2015 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship – University of Houston Law Center
- 2015 Herbert Weschler National Criminal Moot Court Competition – SUNY Buffalo Law School, Champion
- 2016 John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition – Seton Hall Law School, Octo-Finalist
- 2017 John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition – Seton Hall Law School, Quarterfinalist
- Florida, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014