Top rated construction litigation attorney in Hallandale, FloridaSouth Florida Law, PLLC
Frank DelloRusso is an attorney at South Florida Law, PLLC, in Hallandale, Florida, where he serves as managing partner of the law firm’s litigation department. He handles cases involving commercial litigation, construction law, business disputes, contract disputes, and general liability, serving clients throughout all of Florida.
Mr. DelloRusso has substantial litigation experience in both state and federal courts. His clients include contractors, designers, developers, manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers. Over the course of his career, he has successfully litigated and arbitrated complex cases, some involving multimillion-dollar projects. He is a committed and dedicated advocate for his clients, providing thorough and comprehensive representation with their best interests in mind.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and philosophy, Mr. DelloRusso received his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, also graduating magna cum laude. During law school, he served as vice-president of the Hon. Peter R. Palermo Student Division of the Federal Bar Association.
Following law school graduation, Mr. DelloRusso passed the Florida bar examination and obtained his license to practice law before all Florida state courts. He is also qualified to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Active in professional organizations, Mr. DelloRusso is a member of The Florida Bar and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He is a former member of the Honorable Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court and the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court.
Practice areasConstruction litigation: business, Personal injury - products: defense, Business litigation, Business/corporate, Civil litigation: defense, General litigation
Construction defects, Motor vehicle defects, Medical devices, Pharmaceutical, Non-compete agreements, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Contracts, Business organizations, Litigation
- 40% Construction litigation: business
- 20% Personal injury - products: defense
- 10% Business litigation
- 10% Business/corporate
- 10% Civil litigation: defense
- 10% General litigation
First Admitted: 2014, Florida
Professional Webpage: https://www.southfloridalawpllc.com/our-team/
- The Florida Bar
- Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
- The CALI Excellence for the Future Award is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class at many law schools., Cali Book Award for Wills and Trusts, 2014
- The CALI Excellence for the Future Award is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class at many law schools., Cali Book Award for Florida Criminal Procedure, 2014
- Magna Cum Laude, Law Student, 2014
- Pro Bono Commendation Certificate for over 40 hours of Pro Bono work with the Department of Homeland Security (ICE). , 2014
- St. Thomas Law School (magna cum laude), 2014
- University of Tampa (magna cum lauds) Major: Criminology Minor: Philosophy , 2011
- Frank DelloRusso successfully represented a joint compound manufacturer, receiving a decision from the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversing the trial court’s denial of our client’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in a matter out of Broward County, FL. Defendant challenged personal jurisdiction in Florida on the grounds that it did not market or sell its products in Florida during the 1970s, when Plaintiff alleged exposure to Defendant’s products. Defendant filed an affidavit stating that it did not have any contacts with Florida prior to 1994. The appellate court agreed with our client’s position, finding that Plaintiffs failed to establish that Defendant had sufficient constitutional “minimum contacts” with Florida to be subject to jurisdiction in Florida. The appellate court reversed and remanded for entry of an order dismissing Defendant from the case. This decision is an important contribution to the law of personal jurisdiction in Florida, as it clarifies how the “arise out of or relate to” standard for specific personal jurisdiction should be properly applied in product liability lawsuits brought against non-resident defendants in Florida. It confirms that the relevant non-resident defendant contacts which satisfy the U.S. Supreme Court’s “minimum contacts” analysis (see Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) are those occurring at the time of the alleged injury., 2018
- Frank DelloRusso successfully represented a stucco and plaster manufacturer, receiving a decision from the Third District Court of Appeal reversing the trial court’s denial of our client’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in a matter out of Miami-Dade County, FL. Defendant challenged personal jurisdiction in Florida on the grounds that it never targeted any business in Florida, despite Plaintiffs’ allegations of exposure to Defendant’s products in Florida in the 1970s. Defendant filed an affidavit stating that it never transacted business in Florida, never purposely directed conduct toward Florida, and never manufactured, distributed, sold, supplied, or installed any products in Florida. The appellate court agreed with our client’s position, finding that Plaintiffs failed to present evidence that Defendant directed its products into Florida for distribution, how such products may have made their way to Florida and it what quantity. As a result, it found that Plaintiffs failed to meet their burden of satisfying the constitutional due process prong of the personal jurisdiction analysis, and reversed the trial court’s order denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. This decision is another important contribution to the law of personal jurisdiction in Florida, as it builds on another recent successful personal jurisdiction challenge Frank DelloRusso mounted in the Fourth District Court of Appeal which clarified the appropriate standard for specific personal jurisdiction in product liability lawsuits brought against non-resident defendants in Florida. The Third District Court of Appeal opinion confirms that when a non-resident defendant presents proof of lack of Florida contacts, the burden shifts to the Plaintiffs to present evidence that the non-resident defendant did purposely direct conduct to Florida., 2018
- Conducted seminar on Construction Defect Litigation in Florida for insurance carrier. , Speaker, Florida Construction Defect Seminar , 2020
- Conducted seminar on Construction Defect Litigation in Florida for insurance carrier. , Speaker, Florida Construction Defect Seminar , 2019
- Conducted seminar on Construction Defect Litigation in Florida for insurance carrier. , Speaker, Florida Construction Defect Seminar , 2018
Office location for Frank DelloRusso
1920 E Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale, FL 33009
- Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023