Attorney Profile – Frank D. Zilaitis

GENERAL

  • Counselor and Attorney at Law, Zilaitis Law, P.A. – Indialantic, FL
    • Marital/Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Debt Defense
  • Member of Brevard Public Schools Audit Committee – May 2011-August 2015 and February 2016-present
  • Guest speaker – law and politics
  • Past service to citizens of Brevard County, Florida as Commissioner on 2009-10 Charter Review Commission
  • Past service to citizens of Brevard County, Florida as an Assistant State Attorney (Prosecutor)
  • Past Service to Florida Bar Family Law Section
    1. Member of the Executive Council
    2. Member of the Legislation Committee
    3. Chair – Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee
    4. Chair – Parental Responsibility and Time-sharing Bill Ad Hoc Committee
  • Over twenty years of worldwide experience in engineering/business development with Hughes Aircraft, United Technologies, Westinghouse, and Northrop Grumman.
  • Over fifteen years of professional litigation experience
  • Admitted to the United States District Court – Middle District of Florida – August 1, 2007
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar September 29, 1999
  • Juris Doctor – Law – Quinnipiac University School of Law – 1999
  • Master of Business Administration – Finance – University of Bridgeport – 1990
  • Master of Science – Electrical Engineering – University of Southern California – 1985
  • Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering – Drexel University – 1983
  • Diploma – Cardinal Brennan High School – 1978
  • Born April 11th, 1960 in Pottsville, PA
  • Raised in Frackville, PA
  • Married to Marcelle
  • Father of Five (Rachel, Charles, Samantha, Peter, and Tabitha)

EXPERIENCE

Attorney/Owner 02/2002-Present
Zilaitis Law, P.A., Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Fifteen years of successfully managing day-to-day operations of the firm. Help clients resolve a wide variety of legal issues. Prepare contracts and other agreements, pleadings, motions, discovery requests, and proposed orders and judgments. Negotiate settlements including representing clients at mediation and settlement conferences. Litigate contested matters by conducting motions hearings, depositions, and trials. Prepare corporate governance documents and annual reports for organizations. Knowledgeable about federal, state, and local governments and public and private health care through operating a business that provided health insurance for employees and managing the affairs of incapacitated individuals dependent upon Medicare and private health insurance. Knowledgeable about operations of the health care industry, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Worked with an executive of a company attempting to provide comprehensive medical services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Have completed transactions CLE (Real Estate Contract to Closing, Contract Drafting, Employment Agreements, Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements, License Agreements / Intellectual Property, Uniform Commercial Code Basics, Lease Agreements) for purposes of assuming general counsel responsibilities.

Associate Attorney 09/2015-11/2015
Volk Law Offices, P.A., Melbourne, FL

Prepared pleadings, motions, and discovery requests in business litigation matters.

Associate Attorney 08/2001-02/2002
Morgan & Barbary, P.A., Melbourne, FL

Helped clients resolve marital and family matters, including dissolutions of marriage, determination of paternity, establishment of child support, and injunctions for protection. Prepared pleadings, motions, discovery requests, agreements, and proposed orders and judgments. Negotiated settlements by representing clients at mediation or settlement conferences. Litigated contested matters by conducting motions hearings, depositions, and trials.

Assistant State Attorney 10/1999-08/2001
Office of the State Attorney, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Viera, FL

Resolved over two thousand misdemeanor and criminal traffic cases. Tried thirty cases to jury verdict and over one hundred cases to bench verdict. Negotiated plea agreements, including restitution for crime victims and reimbursements for costs of law enforcement.

Project Engineer / Project Manager 10/1986-03/1999
Northrop Grumman Norden Systems, Norwalk, CT

Helped advance the state of the art in a combat aircraft and a civilian airport runway and taxiway traffic control system by organizing, directing, planning, and controlling multimillion-dollar project and program activities. As a project engineer, was recognized by the customer for contributions to success of the design and development of two radar subsystems for the Israeli Air Force’s F-4 Phantom. Received a Turnaround Club Award (TCA) for contributions to the division’s return to profitability that occurred as a result of the successful completion of the F-4 program’s transition from engineering to production. Major responsibilities at time of receipt of the TCA included providing technical support to subcontract managers to assure timely delivery of components of the Antenna and Antenna Electronics Unit subsystems. As a project manager, led a design and development team for an airport runway and taxiway vehicle detection and collision avoidance system for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, and briefly managed a similar program for the United States Federal Aviation Administration. Attended evening classes while working full-time at Norden and received a Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree in 1990 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1999.

Member of Technical Staff / Fellowship and Rotation Program 06/1983-10/1986
General Motors Hughes Aircraft, El Segundo, CA

Helped advance the state of the art in a combat aircraft as an engineer in the Receiver/Exciter Department of the Radar Systems Group by way of design and test of an electronic amplifier circuit for the United State Air Force’s F-15 Eagle Multi-Stage Improvement Program (MSIP) that provided the aircraft with all-weather strike capability, including ground attack. Helped advance the state of the art in commercial communications satellites as an engineer in the Systems Integration and Test Department in the Space and Communications Group by way of integration and testing of satellites for domestic and foreign customers, including re-testing of Westar VI and Palapa B-2 satellites after in-orbit retrieval by a space shuttle crew after the satellites had failed to launch during a prior space shuttle mission. The retrieval was the first-of-its-kind mission for NASA’s Space Transportation System. Attended graduate school part-time on a Hughes Fellowship and earned a Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) degree.

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
1979 – 1983
Cooperative Associate
Performed engineering internships with Pennsylvania Power & Light Co., Allentown, PA and Harris Corp., Melbourne, FL

AWARDS/HONORS
Florida Bar Family Law Section:
Executive Council Service Award – 2010-11
Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service – 2010-11
Chair’s Special Award of Merit – 2009-10
Award of Merit – 2008-09
Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service – 2005-06
Quinnipiac University:
Distinguished Academic Achievement Award
Superior Classroom Performance Award
Connecticut School of Broadcasting:
Our broadcast team placed first in the class broadcasting final
United Technologies Norden Systems:
Membership in “The Turnaround Club”
Hughes Aircraft Corporation:
Hughes Graduate Fellowship
Drexel University:
Outstanding Senior Electrical Engineer
Dean’s List – Four years
I.R. Dunlop Scholarship
Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi

PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS

  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida – August 1, 2007
  • Florida Supreme Court – September 29, 1999

PUBLISHED WORKS
Collaborative Experience, LLC, FOLKS UPSET BY THE CAPITAL KARMA: A Shock and Awe Campaign for Political Reform, Bloomington, IN, AuthorHouse, 2007, Hardcopy and Kindle

UNPUBLISHED WORKS
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT UNPLUGGED: Florida’s Electric Chair Sits Relatively Idle Despite the State’s Efforts to Speed Up Executions, 1999
BLINDED BY THE ENLIGHTENMENT, 1998

SPEECHES/LECTURES

  • Guest Speaker – 2008-2014 – Pregnancy Resources – Paternity Law
  • Guest Speaker – Head Start Program – Port Malabar Elementary School – October 2014
  • Guest Speaker – Republican Liberty Caucus October 2012 Meeting – Proposed Amendments to Florida Constitution
  • Guest Speaker – Space Coast Patriots May 2011 Meeting – Federal Debt
  • Guest Commentator on law and politics in local radio market
  • Various speaking engagements as candidate for United States House of Representatives in Florida’s District 15 – May – November 2008
  • Guest Speaker at Brevard County Family Law Network regarding SB2532 – July 2008 – From Custody and Visitation to Parenting Plans and Timesharing Schedules
  • Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists Annual Meeting – Collaborative Law – April 2008
  • Brevard Paralegal Association – Mediation and Collaborative Law – September 2007
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Central Florida Juvenile Justice Class – Judicial Candidate – July 2006
  • Presentation to the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Family Law Section regarding the proposed Parental Responsibility and Time-Sharing Bill – January 2006
  • Co-Chair – “Maximizing Your Trial Effectiveness with Technology that Is Already on Your Desk . . . Or Could Be.” – Family Law Section Technology Committee’s CLE Seminar at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar
  • “Remarks” at Swearing In Ceremony of New Attorneys that was sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association – October 1999
  • Numerous technical presentations in various states of the United States and to several governmental (civil and defense) agencies in Europe and Asia – 1986 to 1998, inclusive
  • Speech and comedy performance to the entire engineering and manufacturing team associated with the successful delivery of a sophisticated combat aircraft subsystem to systems integration and test – 1991
  • Speech to a realtors association in Fairfield County regarding my personal experiences of relocation from California to Connecticut – 1987

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Florida Bar Family Law Section
Executive Council – June 2005 to July 2011
Legislation Committee – June 2004 to July 2011
Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee – June 2008 to July 2011 – Co-Chair
Children’s Issues Committee – June 2006 to June 2008 – Co-Vice Chair 2007-2008
Membership Committee – June 2006 to June 2008 – Secretary 2007-208
Parental Responsibility and Time-sharing Bill Ad Hoc Committee, Chair – June 2005 to June 2006
Technology Committee – June 2003 to June 2005

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
The Florida Bar including Family Law Section
Brevard County Bar Association

EDUCATION:
Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT, Juris Doctor, May 1999 
Honors: Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Superior Classroom Performance Award
United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, CT, Program / Project Management Course, 1993
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, Master of Business Administration, Finance, 1990
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1985
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1983 
Honors: Outstanding Senior Electrical Engineer, 1983

PRIOR AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS/ACTIVITIES
Cub Pack 380 at Holy Name of Jesus Church – Treasurer 2003 – 2005
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Coach – Holy Name of Jesus Soccer and Basketball

HOBBIES/INTERESTS
Maximizing the quality of my life with my family
Continuous learning with a focus on philosophy and technology
Physical fitness through long-distance bicycling

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION:
DATE/ TITLE/ HOURS
10/22/2017 2017 Survey of Florida Law 14.5
10/18/2017 The Child Support Administrative Process 1.0
07/19/2017 2017 Case Law and Statutory Update 1.0
04/29/2017 Basic Transactional Law 2016 7.0
04/27/2017 Technology 2.5
01/18/2017 A Day in the Life: Chief of Legal Assistance, USAF 1.0
10/19/2016 The Salvation Army and Brevard Partnership 1.0
10/12/2016 A Night with the Super Judges – What You Need 2.5
07/20/2016 2016 Case Law and Statutory Update 1.0
02/11/2016 Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Approaches 1.0
12/10/2015 If You’re Not on Facebook, You’re Committing Legal Malpractice 1.0
08/14/2015 Working the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online 1.0
01/21/2015 Essentials of Client Trust Accounting 1.0
12/02/2014 Risk Management 2.0
12/02/2014 Electronic Discovery in Florida State Court: Navigating New Rules for New Issues 3.0
11/21/2014 Working in the Cloud: It’s the Latest, It’s the Greatest, Or Is It? 2.5
11/21/2014 Building Business in a Down Economy 2.5
11/21/2014 A Transforming Legal Environment: Setting a New Course for Success 3.0
10/15/2014 Social Investigations and Guardians Ad Litem 1.0
10/07/2014 Building the Small Firm Marketing Plan: From Planning to Ethical, Effective Action 2.5
09/26/2014 Professional Liability Insurance: Everything You Need to Ask 2.0
09/26/2014 Maintaining a Trustworthy Trust Account 1.5
09/24/2014 ABCs of Starting and Managing Your Law Practice 2.5
09/24/2014 Technology Planning for the New Law Office 2.0
04/16/2014 The New Culture of Paternity 1.0
11/01/2013 Ethics and Basic Trust Accounting 1.0
11/01/2013 Deconstructing Damages, Care and Handling of Expert Witnesses 4.0
10/16/2013 Dealing with DoR Child Support Enforcement 1.0
07/17/2013 Criminal Law Issues for the Family Practitioner 1.0
04/17/2013 Internet Tools for Cooperative Parenting 1.0
01/16/2013 Use and Abuse of Domestic Violence Injunctions 1.0
10/17/2012 Bankruptcy, Short Sales and Underwater Property 1.0
07/18/2012 Relocation 1.0
01/18/2012 Qualified Domestic Relations Orders 1.0
10/19/2011 Understanding Child Support 1.0
04/20/2011 Behind the Scenes of the Court House 1.0
01/19/2011 Ten Dumbest Things People Do to Hide Assets 1.0
11/12/2010 BCBA Fall 10 CLE E-marketing, Detecting Fraud 6.0
10/20/2010 Judges Roundtable Discussion 1.0
07/22/2010 Family Law and Dependency 1.0
04/21/2010 Parenting Coordination 1.0
02/06/2010 2010 Family Law Certification Review 15.0
02/02/2010 Secrets from the Mediators 1.0
11/12/2009 BCBA Fall 09 CLE Ethics in the Practice of Law 6.5
08/18/2009 Case Screening and Assessment 1.0
08/18/2009 Using Bankruptcy to Prevent Foreclosure 1.0
08/18/2009 Pre-foreclosure Workouts 1.0
08/17/2009 Florida Foreclosure Procedure 1.0
04/16/2009 BCBA Spring 09 CLE Afternoon 5.0
01/23/2009 2009 Family Law Certification Review 15.0
01/21/2009 Wills, Trusts & Estates 1.0
07/18/2008 Hot Topics in Family Law 1.0
11/14/2007 BCBA Fall 07 CLE Afternoon 1.0
11/02/2007 Building a Family Law Practice / Understanding Legislative Advocacy 4.0
10/26/2007 Refreshing Your Mediation I.Q. 8.0
10/17/2007 Family Law Panel 1.0
08/16/2007 Advanced Matrimonial Trial Advocacy 23.5
04/20/2007 Beating Stress in Key West 2.0
03/01/2007 Justice Teaching 3.0
01/25/2007 2007 Family Law Certification Review 16.0
11/09/2006 Collaborative Law Institute of MN – Interm. Interdisciplinary Training 14.0
10/18/2006 The Collaborative Practice 1.0
10/13/2006 Leaves and the Law Are Changing – VT 5.0
08/04/2006 2006 Family Court Conference 11.5
06/23/2006 First Amendment and US Supreme Court 4.0
06/23/2006 Masters Seminar/Ethics 3.0
05/19/2006 Live Better 4.0
01/27/2006 2006 Family Law Certification Review 14.0
11/17/2005 Fall CLE Afternoon Series – Effective Lawyering 5.5
10/21/2005 Family Law Section Fall Retreat – What Happens in Vegas 3.0
09/18/2005 Family Mediation Certification 48.0
06/25/2005 Strategic Use of Online [Resources] 3.0
06/22/2005 No More Talking Heads (partial attendance) 2.5
01/28/2005 2005 Family Law Certification Review 14.0
03/30/2004 Time Mastery for Lawyers 8.0
02/06/2004 2004 Family Law Certification Review 14.0
10/31/2003 Masters in Trial Demonstration 8.5
10/11/2003 Client Taming 3.5
08/28/2003 How to Draft Wills/Trusts 7.0
08/20/2003 Family Law Legislative Update 2.0
05/03/2003 Florida Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 25th Institute 13.0
02/27/2003 Florida Adoption Practice 7.0
02/07/2003 2003 Family Law Certification Review One (1) Day 9.5
06/06/2002 Basic Family Law 7.0
04/19/2002 Custody Cases 8.0
03/07/2002 Basic Personal Injury 11.5
02/01/2002 2002 Family Law Certification Review One (1) Day 11.0
10/26/2001 Family Litigation in Florida 7.0
10/10/2001 Practicing with Professionalism 14.0
03/22/2001 Advanced DUI Seminar for Prosecutors 13.0
01/25/2000 DUI Trial Advocacy School 26.0