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Overview

Current

Tampa, Florida Injury Attorney & Partner at the Fernandez Firm (a statewide Florida personal injury law practice)

Location
2503 W. Swann Avenue, Suite 100
Tampa, Florida  33609
(800) 222-8163
Education

Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Contact
The Fernandez Firm
ffernandez@fernandezfirm.com

Biography

Frank F. Fernandez, III, was born in Tampa, Florida.  After obtaining his degree in Finance from the University of Florida in 1989, Mr. Fernandez attended Stetson University, College of Law, in St. Petersburg, Florida, receiving his Juris Doctorate law degree in 1992. Following an internship with the U.S. District Court, for the Middle District of Florida, Mr. Fernandez began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting criminal cases in Tampa, Florida. 

In 1994, Mr. Fernandez joined the Orlando-based law firm of Meyers, Mooney and Meyers specializing in plaintiffs’ personal injury law and worker’s compensation disputes.  In 1996, Mr. Fernandez joined the civil trial firm of Wooten, Honeywell & Kest and, thereafter, the nationally-recognized law firm previously known as Morgan, Colling and Gilbert (now Morgan and Morgan).  While a partner with Morgan, Florida injury Attorney Frank Fernandez gained significant trial experience in all matters of personal injury and premises liability, ultimately specializing in nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.    

In 2003, Tampa Attorney Frank Fernandez co-founded The Fernandez Firm.  For more than a decade, his law firm has represented hundreds of plaintiffs and successfully tried numerous Florida personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. Fernandez has been an active member of his local, state and national bar and trial lawyer associations.  He has held numerous leadership positions and has been a frequent lecturer for these organizations since 1996.  Recently, Tampa injury lawyer Frank Fernandez was selected by his professional peers as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s “2012 Legal Elite.”

Practice Areas

  • Amputations
  • Auto Accidents
  • Brain Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligent Security
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Personal Florida Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
 
 

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education

Stetson University College of Law
Juris Doctorate
1992
 University of Florida
 BSBA, in Finance
1989
 Jesuit High School
 Tampa, Florida
1985

Professional Memberships

The Florida Bar
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Florida Justice Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
Orange County (Florida) Bar Association
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

Honors and Awards

Florida Trend Magazine, 2012 Legal Elite
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Bronze EAGLE Award, 2003
Phi Delta Phi Honorary Society

Leadership Positions & Pro Bono Service

American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
Board of Governors, New Lawyers Division, 2001 - 2002

Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
Founding Member
Board of Directors, 1999 – 2001

Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
Board of Directors, 2001 – 2004; 2008 – 2009
Nursing Home Committee Member, 2001 – 2003
Young Lawyers Section
         President, 2001 - 2002
         Vice-President, 2000 - 2001
         Secretary, 1999 - 2000
         Board of Directors, 1996 - 2002
         Member, 1994 – 2002

Orange County Bar Association
Guardian Ad Litem, Volunteer, 1994 -2001
Great Oaks Village “Day in the Park” Committee, 1996 – 1998

Speaking Engagements

Civil Litigation for Paralegals & Legal Assistants, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, November 2004, Speaker - Florida injury Attorney Frank Fernandez

Trial Preparation, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 2004, Civil Litigation for Paralegals & Legal Assistants, Moderator/Speaker – Tampa injury Lawyer Frank Fernandez.

Direct Examination: The Basic Building Blocks, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, November 2002, The Art and Science of Persuasion Seminar, Moderator/Speaker- Florida Injury Attorney Frank Fernandez.

The Earl Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition/Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2001, Moderator, Speaker and Co-Chairman- Florida injury Attorney Frank Fernandez.

Litigating in the 21st Century: Who will Fight for the Victims? presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1999, Moderator/Seminar Chairman - Tampa injury lawyer Frank Fernandez.

Developing the Difficult Case, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1998, Seminar Chairman - Florida injury Attorney Frank Fernandez.

The Ultimate Trial Notebook, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1997, Seminar Committee- Tampa injury lawyer Frank Fernandez.

Continuing Legal Education

2012 Auto Insurance Seminar, Advanced Trial Skills, presented by the Florida Justice Association, Tampa, Florida, June 2012.

Proposals for Settlement and Compulsory Medical Examinations, presented by the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Tampa, Florida, February 2012.

AAJ 2011 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice, New York, New York, July 9 – 13, 2011.

Ethics & Professionalism, presented by the Florida Justice Association, January 2010.

FJA 2009 Insurance Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, November 2009.

2009 Medical Malpractice Seminar, presented by the Florida Justice Association, November 2009.

Notable Cases and Statutes Influencing Your Practice, for FJA Voting Members only, presented by the Florida Justice Association, May 2008.

2007 Legislative and Case Law Update, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2007.

Advanced Trial Skills, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2007.

2006 Legislative and Case Law Update, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2006.

Advanced Trial Skills, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2005.

2005 Medical Malpractice Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, April 2005.

2005 Workhorse Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February 2005.

2005 Collateral Sources Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, January 2005.

2004 Jury Selection Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, April 2004.

The Art and Science of Persuasion, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, November 2002.

Medical Malpractice Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, March 2002.

Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June 2001.

Long Term Care Advocacy Skills for the Elder Law Practitioner, presented by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Elder Law Section, January 1999.

Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, – AFTL Voting Members Only, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 1998.

Direct and Cross Examination of Experts, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, October 1997.

Insurance Bad Faith Seminar – AFTL Voting Members Only, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, September 1997.

Premises Liability, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, July 1995.

Nursing Home Liability, presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February 1995.

Civic, Cultural & Community Involvement

Annual Gil Memorial Classic: Sponsor

Bay Area Legal Services: Sustaining Member/Benefactor

Central Florida Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer, 1999 – 2000

Central Florida Meals on Wheels: Volunteer, 1994 – 1997

Cystic Fibrosis Association: Benefactor

Democratic Lawyers Association: Election Law Attorney Volunteer/Poll Watcher, 2007 -2008

Florida Democratic Party: Volunteer/Sponsor

Glazer Children’s Museum: Sponsor

Jesuit High School: Alumni Benefactor

John B. Gorrie (Elementary School) Foundation:
          Board Member, 2008 – 2011
          Foundation Board, Information Technology Committee Chair, 2010 - 2011
          Volunteer/Benefactor, 2004 – 2012
          Great American Teach In Volunteer, 2008 – 2011

Lutz Little League Leaguerettes: Team Sponsor

Make a Wish Foundation: Benefactor

March of Dimes Association: Volunteer/Sponsor

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Volunteer Summer Camp Counselor, 1984

Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Parishioner

Sigma Chi Fraternity: Alumni Benefactor

Tampa Bay Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Benefactor

Tampa Gator Club: Sponsor/Volunteer - Kickball Tournament for Children of the Spring

Tampa Museum of Art: Pavilion Sponsor

Woodrow Wilson (Middle School) Foundation:
PTA Member/Volunteer, 2009 – present
Benefactor, 2009 – present

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  • As a Connecticut trial lawyer, I have regularly referred a number of personal injury cases to the Fernandez Firm. As skillful and experienced Florida injury attorneys, their lawyers are attentive to our clients’ needs and committed to making their voices heard. I feel very confident that the clients I refer to the Fernandez Firm are in excellent hands.
    Attorney Eric Smith
    Stratton Faxon
    New Haven, CT