Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Juvenile Dependency
- 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
Russell J. Frank is a member of the Orlando office of CPLS, P.A. He is a member of the firm’s Divorce and Family Law and Mediation practice groups. Mr. Frank is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar Certification Board and certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator.
Mr. Frank began his legal career in Washington, D.C., where he worked for a large multinational 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, where he was lead counsel in over thirty criminal trials, ranging in offenses from Drug Possession to Attempted Murder. 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 practice group. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Frank left to begin his own firm where he continued to focus on criminal defense and family law.
Mr. Frank now exclusively handles family law and juvenile dependency matters, including dissolution of marriage, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity and close family adoptions, in addition to contempt and enforcement matters, child support, and timesharing modifications. Mr. Frank also represents parents and children in Juvenile Dependency matters in which Florida’s Department of Children and Families becomes involved. Mr. Frank proactively defends the rights of his clients by effectively and efficiently guiding them through the legal system, protecting their Constitutional rights and those of their children, and diligently working to achieve fair and just results.
Mr. Frank volunteers his time as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing the interests of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, and has been recognized by the Orange County Bar Association’s Legal Aid Society for these pro bono efforts. In a further commitment to his community, Mr. Frank serves on the Board of Directors at IMPOWER, Inc., a leading non-profit mental health, child well-being, and drug treatment organization headquartered in Seminole County, Florida.
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 is a life-long Orlando Magic fan and season ticket holder. Mr. Frank remains active in various community activities and organizations and helps raise funds and awareness for causes near and dear to his heart, including Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy, a rare neurodegenerative brain disease that prematurely took the life of his father and Multiple Sclerosis, on behalf of his wife.
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.