Frank M. Mari
Associate
Frank Mari was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2011 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Mari received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Florida in 2008 and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2011.

OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

While in law school, Mr. Mari served as an Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review. He also served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Practice and earned the Pro Bono Project Certificate of Excellence. Mr. Mari is a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Bell & Roper, Mr. Mari served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp, Senior United States District Judge, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

EDUCATION

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, majoring in Economics, 2008, cum laude

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Public Entity Law
  • Products Liability

SELECTED HONORS & RECOGNITION

  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law Pro Bono Project Certificate of Excellence

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Orlando Chapter
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice, which was affirmed on appeal following oral argument and a petition for rehearing en banc, in favor of a government employee with respect to claims for First Amendment retaliation brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  Wall-DeSousa v. Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, 691 F. App’x 584 (11th Cir. 2017).
  • Obtained final summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, in favor of two community development districts with respect to numerous plaintiffs’ failure-to-accommodate claims brought under the Fair Housing Act and Title II of the ADA.  Schwarz, et al. v. The Village Center Community Development District, et al., 672 F. App’x 981 (11th Cir. 2017).
  • Obtained final summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, in favor of county emergency medical personnel on failure-to-treat claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  Boynton v. City of Tallahassee, et al., 650 F. App’x 654 (11th Cir. 2016).
  • Obtained injunctive relief, which was affirmed on appeal, in favor of a town commissioner who would otherwise have been the subject of an improperly-initiated recall election.  Gibson v. Kesterson, 188 So. 3d 125 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016).
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice, which was affirmed on appeal, on former employee’s due process and breach of contract claims.  Meeks v. City of Holly Hill, 189 So. 3d 796 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).

A complete list of Mr. Mari’s reported cases is available upon request.