|Mr. Santos obtained
his doctorate of law from Florida State University where he
graduated with honors. While at Florida State University, Mr.
Santos was a member of the Florida State
University Law Review. Not only was he published, but he also
served on the Editorial Board of the Florida State University Law
Review. He also attended Oxford University, England in 1980 as a part of comparative law studies.
Mr. Santos received his
Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in 1979,
graduating magna cum laude. This placed him within the top 5% of
his class. Mr. Santos was also elected to the honorary society,
Phi Beta Kappa.
Directory, a worldwide recognized legal directory, has given Mr. Santos an
AV rating, the highest rating available. The "A" signifies the highest level of
legal ability; the V" denotes "very high"
adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability
Mr. Santos was admitted to the
Florida Bar and licensed to practice law in 1982. In 1991, The
certified Mr. Santos as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.
Less than 5% of all Florida lawyers are board certified as
specialists. In 1998, the
Supreme Court of Florida certified Mr. Santos as a Certified Circuit Civil Court
Mediator. Mr. Santos is also a court certified Arbitrator. He offers his services to all forms of Alternative Dispute
Resolution. He is a member of the Florida Academy of
In addition to being a member
of the Florida Bar since 1982, Mr. Santos has had extensive
Federal Court experience. He is admitted and has appeared before
the United States
District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr.
Santos is also recognized as a Certified Federal Court Mediator
(United States District Court for the Middle District of
Mr. Santos has been invited to
join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This organization is
the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United
States, and membership is limited to trial attorneys who have
achieved million and multi-million dollar results.
to advanced critical thinking in the modern-day writing
classroom, Mr. Santos has
been active in academic research and teaching involving legal
rhetoric and discourse at the University of Tampa and the
University of South Florida. Alternative Dispute Resolution is often a focus of Mr.
Santos’ teaching endeavors.
Mr. Santos was born on May 29,
1958 in Tampa, Florida and has been a lifelong resident of that
city. He is married with two children. Mr. Santos is fluent in Spanish.