Senior Partner, Chair of the Construction Law Groupfsoto@haber.law
Franchesco (Frank) Soto is a Senior Partner and has been with the firm since 2012. Mr. Soto is the Chair of the Construction Department and handles matters throughout the State of Florida in the areas of Construction Defect Litigation, Complex Construction Litigation and Commercial Litigation on behalf of community and condominium associations, developers, contractors, and subcontractors. Mr. Soto has been selected by his peers to the Florida Super Lawyers list (2016 – 2023) and was selected by his peers as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Litigation – Construction in Miami. In addition to this honor, Mr. Soto was featured in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in Construction Law and Construction Litigation and is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyer’s Society of America.
Mr. Soto has successfully represented and collected sizeable awards on numerous construction defect cases on behalf of owners that include Home Owner Associations, Condominium Associations, single family residential projects, garden style communities, townhome communities and commercial properties. The claims often involve all components of a construction project from roof and unit owner balcony claims, to waterproofing systems, underground parking defects, fire sprinkler and life safety systems along with stucco, painting, post tensioning, and concrete placement defects.
As part of Mr. Soto’s practice, he has extensive experience in litigating multi-million dollars construction disputes and navigating the various hurdles with insurance carriers and complex insurance policies. He has also represented individuals and corporations in various contract, negligence and fraudulent conveyance claims and has defended residential mortgage lenders and other financial institutions in various claims involving, breach of contract, business torts, bankruptcy, claims involving alleged violations of the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, state consumer fraud and anti-predatory lending laws, and consumer privacy claims.
J.D., Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2002
B.A., Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 1998
Partners David Haber & Franchesco Soto, along with law clerk Brett Silverberg, authored 'Supreme Court's Latest Construction Defect Decision and Its Impact on Construction Insurance Claims," published in the Daily Business Review. - January 16, 2018
Partners David Haber and Franchesco Soto, along with law clerk Brett Silverberg, authored 'Florida Supreme Court's Latest Construction Defect Decision: Triggering the Insurer's Duty to Defend in the Pre-Suit Process,' published in the statewide Florida Community Association Journal. - January 12, 2018
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