Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Criminal Defense
- Florida Supreme Court certified Family Mediator for all Florida family law issues
- District of Columbia
- J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, 2003
- B.S. from Emory University, 2000
- Florida Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
Mr. Russell J. Frank is a member in the Orlando office of CPLS, P.A. He is a member of the firm’s Criminal Defense and Divorce and Family Law Practice groups.
Mr. Frank began his legal career in Washington, D.C., where he worked for a large international law firm representing corporate clients in regulatory and compliance matters. Following his relocation back home to Orlando, Mr. Frank worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for five years, where he was lead counsel in over twenty-five criminal trials, ranging in offenses from Drug Possession to Driving Under the Influence to Attempted Murder and Capital Sexual offenses. Mr. Frank handles a broad array of criminal defense matters and has significant experience on 4th Amendment issues, having argued nearly thirty suppression motions based on illegal searches and seizures
Following his time at the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Frank joined a large civil firm where he continued working on criminal matters, while also joining the firm’s Family Law Department. After strengthening his knowledge of family law issues, Mr. Frank left to manage his own practice where he continued to focus on criminal defense and family law. Mr. Frank handles a wide variety of divorce and family law matters, including dissolution of marriage, prenuptial agreements, paternity, adoption, contempt and enforcement matters, child support and timesharing modifications, in addition to juvenile dependency and delinquency matters.
Mr. Frank volunteers his time as a Guardian Ad Litem, where he represents children whose parent’s rights have been suspended or terminated, and was recently recognized by the Orange County Bar Association’s Legal Aid Society for his pro bono efforts. Mr. Frank also serves on the Board of Directors at IMPOWER, Inc., a leading non-profit mental health, child well-being and drug treatment organization located in Longwood, Florida.
Mr. Frank strives to proactively protect the rights of his clients by effectively and efficiently guiding them through the legal system, protecting their individual freedoms and liberties, and those of their families and children, actively listening to their legal concerns and problems, and working with them to achieve a fair and just result for them and their families.
Mr. Frank is happily married to his wife, Carly, a former prosecutor whom he met in Court while working as an Assistant Public Defender. Mr. Frank remains active in various community activities and organizations and is a life-long Orlando Magic fan and season ticket holder. Mr. Frank helps to actively raise funds and awareness for causes near to his heart, including Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy, a rare neurodegenerative brain disease that prematurely took the life of his father in 2013, and Multiple Sclerosis, on behalf of his wife, who was diagnosed with MS in 2010.
Notable Family Law Cases
- In July 2015, Mr. Frank successfully changed residency for a minor child from the Mother to his client, the Father, based on evidence of psychological abuse and neglect.
- In February 2015, Mr. Frank successfully obtained permanent, lifetime alimony for his client with medical disabilities overcoming substantial legal obstacles in the case, including the length of the marriage and over the expert testimony of a licensed occupational therapist.
- In July 2013, Mr. Frank successfully defended and negotiated against a six-figure contempt and enforcement action related to unpaid alimony and child support, resulting in no jail time or additional sanctions levied against his client.
Notable Criminal Defense Cases
- In February 2011, Mr. Frank secured a victory for a defendant in a cultivation of cannabis case by convincing the Court that any evidence obtained by law enforcement was collected in violation of the 4th Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the Court agreed, with the State ultimately dismissing all charges.
- In April 2010, Mr. Frank obtained a victory for a defendant in a complex drug trafficking case in which the client was looking at over 100 years in minimum mandatory prison penalties. After months of negotiations, Mr. Frank was able to convince the State to release his client on drug offender probation with no additional jail or prison time.
- In August 2009, Mr. Frank obtained a not guilty verdict for his female client charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. Mr. Frank successfully convinced the jury as to his client’s innocence after two days of testimony from over a dozen witnesses and law enforcement officers.