Frank is a trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience representing companies and individuals in a variety of complex domestic and international disputes. 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 trying cases, Frank often provides strategic advice to trial teams and handles legal arguments in high-stakes trials, including in the most plaintiff-friendly venues in the United States. He frequently develops new and creative arguments and has achieved a number of significant victories—including dismissal of his clients before trial in some cases, favorable evidentiary rulings and jury instructions during trial in others. In addition to his U.S.-based 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.

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Frank is a frequent writer and commentator on a broad array of legal issues, including enforcement of arbitral awards under the New York Convention, the Alien Tort Statute, discovery in international litigation, Article III standing in U.S.-based class actions, federal preemption, the scope and application of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and punitive damages.

Frank’s experience includes:

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


Publications

Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Talia Zucker, Domino's Pizza Seeks Supreme Court Resolution of Whether the ADA Applies to Websites, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), June 19, 2019. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Melissa N. Madsen, Florida Supreme Court Says Goodbye to Frye and Doubles Back to Daubert On Expert Testimony, Legal Opinion Letter (Washington Legal Foundation), June 7, 2019.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Erica E. McCabe, Third Circuit Builds on Post-Spokeo "Bare Procedural Violation" Standing Jurisprudence, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), March 27, 2019.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Rachel Forman, Food-Labeling Suit's Successful Class Action Certification is Cause for Concern in California, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), January 23, 2019. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Erica E. McCabe, Decision’s Permissive Standing Analysis Tags Ninth Circuit as Favorable Forum for Data-Related Suits, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), March 16, 2018.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Erica E. McCabe, On Issue of First Impression, Fifth Circuit Applies CAFA in Mass-Tort Cases to Deny Remand, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), January 25, 2018.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Eighth Circuit Finds Standing, but Ultimately Rejects Claims, in Data-Breach Suit, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), October 24, 2017. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Canfield, Because of "Winn-Dixie"?: Uncertainty over ADA's Applicability to Websites Deepens, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), July 11, 2017. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Talia Zucker, Past Preemption Opinions May Indicate Newest Justice's Pull on Court's Statutory-Construction Tug-of-War, Legal Opinion Letter (Washington Legal Foundation), June 16, 2017. 

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Supreme Court Addresses Judges' Inherent Sanction Authority in "Goodyear v. Haeger,"  The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), April 26, 2017.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Fourth Circuit: Unsubstantiated Risks Related to Data Breach Insufficient for Article III Standing, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), March 24, 2017.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Cahen v. Toyota Motor Corporation, On The Merits (Washington Legal Foundation), December 16, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Ravika Rameshwar, Federal Court in NY Cites Obstacle Preemption in Dismissing State-Law Fraud Suit Against Organic Producer, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), September 22, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel Forman, Second Circuit Upholds Decertification of Class Action After Jury Award, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), August 9, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Supreme Court Observations: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), April 13, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, The Future of Class-Action Litigation in a Post-Scalia World, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), March 10, 2016.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia: The Supreme Court’s Latest Word on Arbitration and Federal Preemption, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), December 22, 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, District Court Tosses $15 Billion Facebook Tracking Class Action, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), November 4, 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Jennifer Voss, Jared Sherr & Talia Zucker, Federal Preemption: Origins, Types and Trends in the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington Legal Foundation Monograph, Oct. 2015.

Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Rachel A. Canfield, Ninth Circuit Limits CAFA’s “Single Local Event” Exception and Broadens Removal of Mass Actions, The Legal Pulse (Washington Legal Foundation), June 9, 2015.

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.