Attorney Profile – Frank D. Zilaitis

SUMMARY

  • Counselor and Attorney at Law, Zilaitis Law, P.A. – Indian Harbour Beach, FL
  • Litigation: Marital/Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Debt Defense
  • Transactions: Draft, review, negotiate, and advise on consultancy agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint-venture agreements, compliance and regulatory matters, and other corporate work.
  • 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
    • Member of the Executive Council
    • Member of the Legislation Committee
    • Chair – Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee
    • Chair – Parental Responsibility and Time-sharing Bill Ad Hoc Committee
  • Over twenty years of worldwide experience in engineering and project management, with Hughes Aircraft, United Technologies, Westinghouse, and Northrop Grumman
  • Over sixfteen years of professional litigation experience
  • Admitted to the United States District Court for the 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
  • Private Pilot – Aircraft, Single Engine, Land – Florida Institute of Technology – 1981
  • Diploma – Cardinal Brennan High School – 1978
  • Born April 11, 1960 in Pottsville, PA
  • Raised in Frackville, PA
  • Married to Marcelle
  • Father of Five (Rachel, Charles, Samantha, Peter, and Tabitha)

EDUCATION

• The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education, 1999-Present
• Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT, Juris Doctor, May 1999
• United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, CT, Program/Project Management Course, 1993
• Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Radio/Television Broadcasting Course, 1992
• University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, Master of Business Administration, Finance, 1990
• University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985
• Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1983
• Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, Flight School, 1981

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES

• The Florida Bar, Attorney, 1999
• United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Attorney, 2007
• Federal Aviation Administration, Private Pilot Certificate (Airplane, Single Engine, Land), 1981

EXPERIENCE

Attorney/Owner 02/2002-Present
Zilaitis Law, P.A., Indian Harbour Beach, FL
• Sixteen years of successfully managing day-to-day operations of Zilaitis Law, P.A.
• Help litigation-based clients resolve marital/family, personal injury, criminal defense, and other legal matters. Prepare pleadings, motions, discovery requests, marital settlement agreements, and proposed orders/judgments. Negotiate settlements directly or by way of alternative-dispute-resolution forums. Litigate contested matters by conducting motions hearings, depositions, and trials.
• Help transaction-based clients by preparing, reviewing, negotiating, and advising on consultancy agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint-venture agreements, compliance and regulatory matters, and other corporate work.
• Knowledgeable about State Department International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”—22 CFR) and Commerce Department Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”—15 CFR) as they relate to Federal Aviation Regulations (“FAR”—14 CFR).
• Knowledgeable about federal, state, county, and municipal government operations.
• Knowledgeable about public and private health care through managing the affairs of incapacitated individuals dependent upon Medicare and private health insurance. Managed a proposal for an executive of a company attempting to provide comprehensive medical services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
• Completed continuing legal education in transactions (Real Estate Contract to Closing, Contract Drafting, Employment Agreements, Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements, License Agreements / Intellectual Property, Uniform Commercial Code Basics, Lease Agreements).

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
• Prepared pleadings, motions, discovery requests, agreements, and proposed orders and judgments.
• Negotiated settlements by representing clients at mediation and 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
• Tried thirty cases to jury verdict and over one hundred cases to bench verdict.

Project Engineer / Project Manager 10/1986-03/1999
Northrop Grumman Norden Systems, Norwalk, CT
• Recruited from General Motors Hughes Aircraft by United Technologies Norden Systems in 1986 to join the Multi-Mode Radar System (MMRS) Program Team performing a contract to upgrade the Israeli Air Force’s F-4 Phantom. Norden was experiencing severe schedule delays and cost overruns at that time.
• Initial assignment was Box Engineer for Antenna Assembly containing seven-channel low-noise amplifier and receiver system connected to flat-plate array that swiveled on a titanium three-axis gimbal assembly. Responsible for technical oversight of design and manufacture of all electronic and electrical components of the assembly, including engineering activities at subcontractor facilities for receivers, array, inertial measurement unit, transmit/receive limiters, waveguide switches, and electrical cables.
• Promoted to Project Engineer for Antenna Assembly and became responsible for managing completion of design and test of all components of five prototype systems of the Assembly. Responsibilities included organizing, planning, directing, and controlling the activities of internal electrical-, mechanical-, and software-engineering staff and external subcontractors. Utilized Earned Value Management to measure performance against budget and schedule requirements.
• Promoted to Project Engineer for Antenna Assembly and Antenna Electronics Unit and became responsible for delivering the prototype subsystems to system integration and test. Simultaneously oversaw transition of the subsystems from a prototype-assembly environment to a production-manufacturing environment.
• After completing successful delivery of the prototype subsystems to the manufacturing team, served as engineering liaison to a business development team responsible for marketing the MMRS and spin-off products to potential customers in Europe and Asia. Traveled extensively with the MMRS business development team and gave technical portions of presentations to potential customers.
• Promoted to Project Manager for Airport Movement Area Safety System for Aviation Authority of Singapore. Responsibilities included organizing, planning, directing, and controlling the activities of all internal staff and external subcontractors designing and developing the next generation of collision avoidance systems for airport runways and taxiways. Responsibilities included travel to Singapore to conduct management and design reviews and travel to Paris, France to conduct testing of the prototype system at a program-team-partner’s facilities at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
• Received a Turnaround Club Award for contributing to Norden’s return to profitability after successful completion of the Multi-Mode Radar System’s transition from engineering to production.

Member of Technical Staff / Fellowship and Rotation Program 06/1983-10/1986
General Motors Hughes Aircraft, El Segundo, CA
• Component design engineer in the Receiver/Exciter Department of the Radar Systems Group for the United States Air Force’s F-15 Eagle Multi-Stage Improvement Program (MSIP) that provided the aircraft with all-weather strike capability, including ground attack.
• Satellite integration and test engineer in the Systems Integration and Test Department in the Space and Communications Group.
• Attended graduate school part-time on a Hughes Fellowship and earned an MS (Electrical Engineering) degree.

Cooperative Associate 1979-1983
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
1979 – 1983
• 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

 

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 – Pregnancy Resources – Paternity Law – 2008-2014
• 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 – National Debt
• Guest Commentator / Co-host – Radio Talk-Show – Law and Politics – April 2010 to February 2012
• Various speaking engagements as candidate for United States House of Representatives in Florida’s District 15 – May-November 2008
• Guest Speaker – Brevard County Family Law Network – From Custody and Visitation to Parenting Plans and Timesharing Schedules – Ch. 2008-61, Laws of Florida – July 2008
• Guest Speaker – Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists Annual Meeting – Collaborative Law – April 2008
• Guest Speaker – Brevard Paralegal Association – Mediation and Collaborative Law – September 2007
• Guest Lecturer – University of Central Florida Juvenile Justice Class – Judicial Candidate – July 2006
• Presenter – Executive Council of the Florida Bar Family Law Section – Proposed Parental Responsibility and Time-Sharing Bill – January 2006
• Co-Chair – Family Law Section Technology Committee’s CLE Seminar – “Maximizing Your Trial Effectiveness with Technology that Is Already on Your Desk . . . Or Could Be.” – 2005 Annual Meeting of the Florida Bar
• Guest Speaker – Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association – “Remarks” at Swearing In Ceremony of New Attorneys – October 1999
• Presenter – 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
• Master of Ceremonies – Project Manager’s Luncheon – To project team on the successful delivery of a sophisticated combat aircraft subsystem to systems integration and test – 1991
• Guest Speaker – Fairfield County Association of Realtors – Relocation from California to Connecticut – 1987

COMMUNITY/PROFESSIONAL SERVICE HISTORY
• Brevard Public Schools Audit Committee – 2012-Present
• Brevard County Charter Review Commission – 2009-2010
• The Florida Bar – 1999-Present
• The Florida Bar – Family Law Section – 2003-Present
– Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee – June 2008 to June 2011, Senior Co-Chair
– Membership Committee – June 2006 to June 2008, Secretary 2007-2008 Term
– Children’s Issues Committee – June 2006 to June 2008, Co-Vice Chair for 2006-2007 Term
– Parenting Bill Committee – June 2005 to June 2006, Chair
– Executive Council – June 2005 to June 2011
– Legislation Committee – June 2004 to June 2011
– 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
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, Certificate, Private Pilot – Single Engine, Land, 1981 

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 bicycling

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION:
DATE/ TITLE/ HOURS
07/18/2018 2018 Case Law & Statutory Update
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