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Lessons in Searching for a Personal Injury Attorney: Fake Brandon Attorney Steals Money from Clients

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a man pretending to be a Brandon attorney. The fake lawyer was representing to clients that he practiced immigration law. The victims of this fraudster include a Brandon couple who were attempting to obtain citizenship because their child has a rare brain injury. The Brandon couple were hoping to have their son’s rare brain disorder treated here in the Tampa Bay area.

Research Riverview Personal Injury Lawyers

When it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney, you must be selective and always make sure you do your research. Just like buying a car, you should never purchase the first car you see. The Florida Bar has a public membership portal to search for the status of a Florida lawyer’s standing. If you can’t find the lawyer on The Florida Bar membership search that is a big red flag! Also take notice if the attorney has a disciplinary history in the last 10 years, which you can also find on The Florida Bar website.

Unfortunately, practice areas like immigration law and personal injury law in Tampa Bay are rife with unqualified attorneys. After you confirm your attorney is indeed a lawyer, there are also independent third party sources that can attest to attorneys’ credentials and identify the best lawyers in a given practice area. Florida Super Lawyers magazine publishes a yearly list of the top rated attorneys in personal injury, medical malpractice and every other conceivable practice area. Similarly, legal websites like Avvo and offer insight into car accident attorneys and other personal injury practice areas. Online reviews, while often abused by personal injury attorneys, are another source of research for anyone shopping for a personal injury lawyer in Riverview or throughout Tampa Bay.

For those looking for an experienced personal injury attorney in Riverview, our firm President Frank Santini offers his clients three important advantages. He knows what it’s like to work for the other guys. He previously worked for a large Tampa law firm that specialized, among other things, in representing large corporations and insurance companies. Mr. Santini has earned honors from Florida Super Lawyers and’s sister company Martindale-Hubbell, in addition to graduating at the top of his law school class. Finally and most importantly to attorney Santini and his team, he brings to his clients the same passion and fighting attitude he brought to his life experiences as a college football player and former professional wrestling champion.

Frank Santini

Frank Santini

Founding partner Frank Santini graduated first in his law school’s class of full-time students (second overall), summa cum laude, at Stetson University. Prior to founding The Frank Santini Law Firm, Frank was a Practice Group Leader at a nationally-recognized Tampa, Florida law firm. Frank has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and awarded the Preeminent AV Rating.