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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


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

Established: 1995

Practice Areas

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • General Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • First Party Defense
  • 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
  • ERISA
  • 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 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 100+ Insurance Defense Litigation attorneys across ten offices in Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart, 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 Gavel Nationwide Claims Defense Network, 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.

Request a screen share meeting (email LS@insurancedefense.net) to view our claims portfolio management process, how we use artificial intelligence in litigation strategy and how we leverage claims analytics and technology to work effeciently and mitigate legal spend.

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Additional Locations

  • Tampa, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Stuart, 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

Members


Jack D. Luks

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Born: 1961


Anthony J. Petrillo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Admitted
  • 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
Certifications:
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S., 1987
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1990

Born: 1965


Daniel J. Santaniello

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Born: 1964

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Senior Partners


  • Luis Menendez-Aponte
  • Dorsey C. Miller, III
  • Christopher H. Burrows
  • Thomas Gary Gorday
  • Marc M. Greenberg
  • David A. Lipkin

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Managing Partners


  • William J. Peterfriend
  • Stuart Cohen
  • Howard W. Holden
  • Dale Paleschic
  • Anthony Merendino
  • Todd T. Springer
  • Vicki Lambert
  • Michael J. Schwartz
  • Dorsey C. Miller

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Junior Partners


  • Rey Alvarez
  • Carl W. Christy
  • Marcella L. Garcia
  • Patrick Hinchey
  • Matthew G. Krause
  • Jairo Lanao
  • Jorge Padilla
  • Christopher Ritchie
  • Justin Schwerling
  • Dale Spurr
  • Jennifer J. Seitz

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Senior Associates


  • Deana Dunham
  • Edgardo Ferreyra
  • Allison Janowitz
  • Alec Masson
  • John F. Meade

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Associates


  • Rachelle Adams
  • Hayley Newman
  • Lauren E. Wages

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Administration


  • Sherri L. Bauer, Esq.
  • Julie Congress, Esq.
  • Maria C. Donnelly
  • Jennifer Lowit
  • DeeDee Lozano
  • Glenn Palaia, Esq.

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Articles

Legal Update, April, 2020, Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen

Legal Update, December, 2019, Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen

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