Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

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
  • 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

About Us

Our verdicts tell the story.™ Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen is a Florida Corporate & Insurance Defense Litigation firm. The firm defends professionals, corporations and their insurance companies from both Liability and Workers' Compensation claims. From our eleven Florida offices in Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Stuart, Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola, the firm's 120+ attorneys deliver counsel and legal services in over 33 practice areas. The firm has several strategic and innovative practice areas including a dedicated Time and Policy Limit Demands and Tenders Practice Group and Surgical SIU | LOP Practice that handle a number of specialized issues. Members have tried over 200 cases in Florida State and Federal Courts.

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. The Law Firm is a member of The LLC., Nationwide Claims Defense Network.

Managing Partner Dan Santaniello, Esq., and Tampa Partner Anthony Petrillo, Esq., are Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Experts. Construction Law Partners Christopher Burrows, Esq., and Patrick Hinchey, Esq., are Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Experts. 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 positions.

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. These times present extraordinary challenges to businesses and their insurers, who are increasingly faced with expensive, overreaching lawsuits. Let us help even the playing field.

Additional Locations

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

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.

Personnel Information


Jack D. Luks

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Born: 1961

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

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

Senior Partners

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

Managing Partners

  • William J. Peterfriend
  • Stuart Cohen
  • Howard W. Holden
  • Anthony Merendino
  • Todd T. Springer
  • Vicki Lambert
  • Michael J. Schwartz
  • Dorsey C. Miller
  • Audra Bryant
  • Sean Fisher
  • Jessalea Shettle

Junior Partners

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

Senior Associates

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


  • Hayley Newman
  • Lauren E. Wages


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


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

Legal Update, December, 2020 by Luks & Santaniello LLC., Luks & Santaniello LLC.

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

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