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General Defense

110 SE 6th Street, 20th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Established: 1995

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail and Restaurant Defense
  • Negligent Security
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Professional Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental and Toxic Injury
  • Securities and Shareholders' Claims
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medicare Set-Aside Practice

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About Us

Our verdicts tell the story™. Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen is a Florida Corporate & Insurance Defense Litigation Law firm. Our mission is to provide our clients with legal services that help them manage risk and reduce exposure. Our goal is to ensure that our clients obtain equal justice in the courtroom. Luks, Santaniello is a member of The LLC. nationwide insurance defense network.

Luks, Santaniello defends businesses and insurers in Liability, most insurance lines and Workers' Compensation matters. The firm also offers Medicare Lien Negotiation, MSA and Medicare Reporting services. The firm has a diversified team of 85+ Insurance Defense Litigation attorneys across nine offices in Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola. Since inception in 1995, members have tried over 200 cases in Florida State and Federal Courts. The firm has a full service Appellate team in South, Central and Northern Florida to assist with summary judgments, motions in limine, discovery objectives, trial strategy and post-trial motions.

Managing Partner Dan Santaniello and Central North Partner, Anthony Petrillo (Tampa) are Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Experts. Partners Christopher Burrows and Patrick Hinchey are Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Experts. The firm's Partners are members of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). The Daily Business Review selected Luks, Santaniello as finalists for the Most Effective Lawyers for its innovation in filing a Declaratory Judgment Action in a multiple Wrongful Death claim.

In addition to representing claims and law suits, we provide our clients with law alerts, legal updates and CEU/CLE training that is informative and useful to their claims handling.

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Additional Locations

  • Miami, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Pensacola, FL

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Alamo Rent-A-Car, LLC
  • EMCOR Group
  • The Home Depot
  • Laboratory Corporation of America
  • National Car Rental
  • Simon Property Group, Inc.

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Personnel Information


Jack D. Luks

Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Florida, 1987
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1983
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1986

Born: 1961

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Anthony J. Petrillo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1999
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial
  • University of Florida, B.S., 1987
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1990

Born: 1965

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Daniel J. Santaniello

Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Florida, 1990
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (President, 2013-2014)
  • Co-Author: with Alvarez, Rey, "Medicare White Paper," Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2 June, 2011
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial
  • Northeastern University, B.S., 1987
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D. (summa cum laude), 1990
Recipient of FDLA's 2010 President's Award

Born: 1964

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Senior Partners

Heather M. Calhoon

Luis Menendez-Aponte

Dorsey C. Miller, III

William J. Peterfriend

Christopher H. Burrows

Managing Partners

Stuart Cohen

Thomas Gary Gorday

Marc M. Greenberg

Howard W. Holden

David A. Lipkin

Dale Paleschic

Anthony Merendino

Todd T. Springer

Junior Partners

Rey Alvarez

Carl W. Christy

Marcella L. Garcia

Patrick Hinchey

Matthew G. Krause

Vicki Lambert

Jairo Lanao

Jorge Padilla

Shana Pollack Nogues

Christopher Ritchie

Joseph F. Scarpa, Jr.

Justin Schwerling

Dale Spurr

Jennifer J. Seitz

Senior Associates

Deana Dunham

Edgardo Ferreyra

Allison Janowitz

Alec Masson

John F. Meade


Rachelle Adams

Bradley Latone

Hayley Newman

Alexis Trematerra

Lauren E. Wages


Sherri L. Bauer

Julie Congress

Maria C. Donnelly

Press Releases

Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones Adds New Legal Division To Represent Environmental Claims and Expand Professional Liability Team. by Maria Donnelly, Client Relations, Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones

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Medicare White Paper by Daniel Santaniello, Reinaldo Alvarez and the Florida Defense Lawyer's Association, Luks Santaniello LLC

Legal Update April-June 2017

Legal Update, July - September, 2015, Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones

Legal Update April - June, 2016 by Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones

Legal Update Jan - March 2017

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Daniel Santaniello Managing Attorney Member of The

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"Did You Know...Florida Legal Board Certification"

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