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Frank R.DeSantis

Retired Partnermoc.eniHnospmohT@sitnaSeD.knarF

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Frank R.DeSantis

Retired Partner

Focus Areas

  • Received the Catholic Lawyers Guild’s “St. Thomas Moore Award,” 2018
  • Received The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s “Legacy of Justice Award,” 2017
  • Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court, Master Bencher
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 to 2022 for Commercial Litigation, Litigation and Controversy-Tax, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Mediation, and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, and 2022 Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland
  • Listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2014 to 2022
  • Received the Cuyahoga County Bar Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 1993
  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list, 2006-2022 (Ranked in the Top 100 in Ohio and Top 50 in Cleveland, 2015)
  • Awarded 2009 William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for enhancing professionalism and ethics in the greater Cleveland legal community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Law and Leadership Institute, Board of Directors, 2018
  • Children and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, Board of Directors, 2017 to present
  • St. Mary’s Seminary, Board of Trustees, 2015 to present
  • Jesuit Retreat House, Board of Trustees, 2009 to 2016
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Board of Directors, president 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, president 2010
  • Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Board of Trustees, president, 2007 to 2009
  • The Lawyers Guild, Executive Committee, 2005 to 2010; president 2007 to 2009
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Foundation, president, 2001 to 2008
  • St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Parish Pastoral Counsel, 1995 to 1999 (vice president, 1996 to 1999); New Church Design and Construction Committee, 1999 to 2002
  • Hospice of The Western Reserve, volunteer attorney

Professional Activities

  • Appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a member of the Board of Professional Conduct, 2022
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association, president, 1997 to 1998; Executive Committee, 1994 to 2002; Board of Trustees, 1994 to 2002
  • Advisory Board for Juvenile Court Mediation Project, president, 1999 to 2002
  • Judicial Conference of Eighth Judicial District, life member
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a member of the Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2004 to 2006, and 2007 to 2009; appointed chairman of Board of Commissioners, 2008 and 2009


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1979,
    magna cum laude
  • Gannon University, M.B.A., 1977
  • Mercyhurst College, B.A., 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court