Frank Silva is responsible for all of Shoma Group’s legal matters, including the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of both residential and commercial real estate. An experienced legal practitioner, Mr. Silva provides invaluable guidance throughout Shoma Group’s affiliated companies.
Prior to joining Shoma, Mr. Silva was a Shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt. The primary focus of his practice was commercial litigation, construction defect litigation and class action litigation. His additional practice areas included mass torts, medical liability litigation, condominium and homeowner association matters, professional liability claims, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Silva defended one of nation’s largest REITs in defense of class actions related to moisture intrusion and indoor mold claims. He is a Certified Arbitrator and a Certified Indoor Environmentalist.
Mr. Silva began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Silva earned his Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1991, and his B.S., with honors, in Political Science from Florida International University in 1988. He is a former adjunct professor at the Florida University Legal Studies Institute. Mr. Silva has also served as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for St. Thomas School of Law, as well as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee for the Miami-Dade County School Board.