Mr. Albert “Al” L. Frevola is a Partner in the Firm’s Fort Lauderdale Office. Mr. Frevola is a seasoned attorney with significant trial experience as lead or co-lead counsel in multi-week trials in federal and state courts and administrative hearings. His trial experience includes extensive use of multi-media technology to effectively communicate complex ideas in understandable and persuasive presentations.
Mr. Frevola’s experience in complex litigation matters ranges across a broad spectrum of practice areas from representing large corporations in complex commercial cases to the extremely personal relationships developed when representing individual clients in difficult family related probate disputes. His commercial, probate and maritime practices span several states and countries. He has been counsel of record in cases in California, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has also overseen matters on behalf of clients in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Israel, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, the Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. His business degree with an emphasis on economics allows him to understand complex financial issues and damage models.
While maintaining an active commercial litigation practice with the Firm, Mr. Frevola served as City Attorney for the City of Miramar from 1997 to 1999. He has represented governments, land owners, telecommunications companies and community interest groups in complex land use and constitutional litigation matters involving local governments. Additionally, clients rely on Mr. Frevola’s experience with local governments to resolve issues without the need for costly litigation.
Mr. Frevola played a key role in the Firm’s complex litigation team’s recovery efforts on behalf of victims of the infamous multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein. Notably, the team achieved an historic settlement returning investors what is said to be the highest percentages of recovery for victims of a Ponzi scheme. News outlets described the settlement as a “huge victory” and a “landmark” lawsuit.
In 2000, Mr. Frevola worked closely with the Firm’s Founding Partner, William R. Scherer, on the Presidential Election Litigation in Florida. He first became involved when he flew to Volusia County, Florida to represent then candidate George W. Bush on the first day of the re-count there. After returning to Broward County the next day, he spent the better part of November 2000 participating in high-level strategy sessions, working on presentations for both the court room and the local canvasing boards that were covered by the national media, and counting ballots with the now infamous “hanging chads.”
- Rocketown Ministries, Past Board Member
- Red Cross – Broward County, Past Board Member
- New World Aquarium, Past Board Member
- Represented diverse group of plaintiffs seeking recovery of over $225 million in investor losses resulting from a billion dollar structure settlement Ponzi scheme. This nationally publicized case focused on Toronto Dominion Bank’s (TD Bank) role in facilitating this criminal enterprise asserting novel claims that the Bank willfully aided and abetted the Ponzi fraud. After months of litigation, the matter was resolved through settlement resulting in our clients receiving the highest percentage recovery for victims entangled in a Ponzi scheme
- Represented a large corporate client in a garnishment action involving efforts to collect on a $400 million judgment against Cuba arising out of the torture and murder of a U.S. Citizen in the 1960s. The case involved complex issues under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
- Represented large corporate client in dispute with the Florida Turnpike related to the location of telecommunications facilities. A successful resolution of the matter avoided the relocation of a key fiber optic facility that would have cost the company millions to relocate elsewhere.
- Represented the wife and children of a well-known missing entrepreneur and philanthropist in a dispute with other family members. This Broward County Probate Court case involved legal issues of the highest complexity involving the absentee’s estate, including property rights related to the absentee’s extensive personal property and real estate holdings across the globe.
- Defended large corporate client in class action dispute involving Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Case involved complex financial and regulatory accounting issues including the proper allocation of direct and indirect costs.
- Represented telecommunications client in claim against the U.S. Government involving over $1 million in damage to a transatlantic fiber optic cable damaged by a deep sea NOAA weather buoy at a depth of over 10,000 feet. The case involved claims under the Suits in Admiralty Act and the Public Vessels Act as well as complex issues of maritime law, causation, and discretionary function immunity.
- Represented wireless carrier in dispute involving interference to the company’s wireless services caused by bi-directional amplifiers. That dispute lead to ongoing representation of the client on a nationwide basis to assist in resolving interference with the carrier’s wireless services caused by multiple sources.
- Defended a client against a third-party government agency’s interference with Broward County’s public bid process, which put at risk an existing five year janitorial services contract for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport totaling approximately $69 million and the potential for the award of a newly proposed contract. Successfully asserted constitutional due process violations challenging the third-party agency’s involvement in the process and deviation from the County Code and Charter. Prepared to file a bid protest and to seek judicial relief for the constitutional violations if a successful political resolution was not reached.
- Defended one of the largest mega-yacht marina and shipyards in the Country in a dispute with a local fire marshal and was able to resolve the matter favorably through the political process and without litigation. The fire marshal had attempted to regulate the shipyard’s spray painting of mega-yachts/large vessels within temporary enclosures – an industry-wide practice already regulated under OSHA. Resolution required multi-government lobbying of the Florida CFO in his capacity as the State Fire Marshal, Broward County Commission, the Broward Board of Rules and Appeals (“BORA”), the City of Fort Lauderdale, and the local Fire Prevention Bureau. If the fire marshal was successful, the impacts to South Florida’s multi-billion dollar marine industry would have been devastating. In addition to the government relations aspect of this matter, prepared to seek judicial relief for the constitutional violations if a successful political resolution was not reached.
- Represented a number of shareholders in claims against a large medical company for stock fraud. Was co-lead counsel in multi-week trial, handled multiple witnesses including the cross examination of the defense economic expert. The jury trial resulted in a multi-million dollar damage verdict in favor of the Firm’s clients.