The focus of Frank’s practice is the defense of complex commercial and product liability cases throughout the United States, including class actions and mass torts. Frank has represented numerous Fortune 100 companies, serving in a number of capacities from pre-trial counselor to trial and appellate counsel. In addition to his trial practice, Frank also represents foreign and domestic corporations in arbitrations throughout the world. He is familiar with and has participated in arbitrations administered pursuant to the rules of a number of arbitral bodies.

Frank’s experience includes:

  • the representation of diet drug and contact lens solution manufacturers in Florida state courts;
  • the representation of a manufacturer of a hip replacement system in federal litigation;
  • obtained summary judgment on behalf of an infrastructure management company engaged in a contract dispute presenting an issue of first impression under Florida law;
  • national counsel and trial counsel for a major tobacco manufacturer in cases pending in Florida state and federal courts;
  • national counsel for a major tobacco manufacturer in lawsuits filed in Florida state court by flight attendants alleging injuries from exposure to secondhand smoke on board airplanes;
  • lead counsel for a major chemical company in international commercial arbitration under the rules of the International Center for Dispute Resolution; and
  • filing amicus curie briefs on behalf of national trade associations in numerous cases pending in the Florida intermediate appellate courts and Florida Supreme Court.

A frequent writer and commentator on a broad array of legal issues in both the litigation and arbitration arenas, Frank is a “featured regular expert contributor on civil justice/class actions” for the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Pulse Blog.

Recent Trials

  • Sowers v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (2015) – Defense Verdict
  • Gore v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (2014) – Mistrial
  • Gonzalez v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (2014) – Defense Verdict
  • Jacobson v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (2013) – Defense Verdict

Publications

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Ninth Circuit Thwarts Plaintiffs' Efforts to Evade Removal Under CAFA, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Dec. 1, 2014.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia Zucker, Eighth Circuit Creates New Class Action Fairness Act Requirement, Sends Case to State Court, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Apr. 16, 2014. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Travis Robert-Ritter, Ninth Circuit Ruling Rejecting Preemption in Food Labeling Class Action Difficult to Swallow, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Feb. 24, 2014. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Travis Robert-Ritter, Sixth Circuit Affirms Preemption Defense in Suit against Branded and Generic Drug Companies, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Jan. 2, 2014. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia Zucker, Third Circuit Reaffirms “Rigorous Analysis” for Ascertaining Class Members under Rule 23, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Sept. 3, 2013. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Jared Sherr, U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Class Action Fairness Act’s “Mass Action” Provision, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), June 10, 2013. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Supreme Court Observations: Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Mar. 22, 2013. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia M. Zucker, Will ‘Sea Change’ in Florida Class Action Standards Unleash a Flood of Suits?, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Feb. 19, 2013. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia M. Zucker, The Food Court Stays Open: Preemption Defense in Food Labeling Class Action Rejected, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Dec. 12, 2012. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Jared Sherr, Courts Reject States’ Drug Pricing "Regulation Through Litigation," The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Aug. 14, 2012.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia Zucker, Kentucky’s Use of Contingent-Fee Counsel in Vioxx Suit Questioned in Court, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), Apr. 16, 2012. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia Storch, "No Injury" Class Action Plaintiffs Found to Lack Legal Standing, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, Sept. 9, 2011.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Laura E. Wade, Second Circuit Correctly Interprets the Alien Tort Statute: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 1109 (2011).

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Alexandra Bach Lagos, Court Ruling Offers Case Study In Proper Proximate Cause Analysis, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, Jan. 14, 2011.

Luis Perez & Frank Cruz-Alvarez: 28 U.S.C. § 1782: The Most Powerful Discovery Weapon In The Hands Of a Foreign Litigant, 5 FIU L. REV. 177 (2010).

Luis Perez, Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Salo Kozolchyk & Mark Schweikert, Collecting on Your Winnings: Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 24:2 International Law Quarterly (The Florida Bar), Winter/Spring 2009, at 8, 45. 

Mark A. Behrens & Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Rhode Island Supreme Court Joins Other State Courts in Rejecting Product-Based Public Nuisance Claims, Class Action Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Oct. 2008, at 5. 

Luis A. Perez, Frank Cruz-Alvarez & C. Ryan Jones, North Meets South: Figuring out the Discovery Puzzle in International Commercial Arbitrations, 23:2 International Law Quarterly (The Florida Bar), Winter 2008, at 4, 24. 

Kenneth J. Reilly & Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Has the Eleventh Circuit Set a New Standard for Federal Diversity Jurisdiction?, Class Action Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Sept. 2007, at 5. 

Mark A. Behrens & Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Premises Owner Liability for Secondhand Asbestos Exposure: The Next Wave?, 7:2 Engage – The J. of the Federalist Society’s Prac. Groups, Oct. 2006, at 145. 

Mark Behrens & Frank Cruz-Alvarez, State-Based Medical Criteria Legislation Is Making a Difference, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, Aug. 4, 2006.

Mark Behrens & Frank Cruz-Alvarez, A Potential New Frontier in Asbestos Litigation: Premises Owner Liability for “Take Home” Exposure Claims, Mealey's Litigation Report: Asbestos, July 5, 2006.