Scruggs, Frank

  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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Frank Scruggs has extensive litigation experience in the commercial, administrative, and employment law fields.  He has served at the board and executive levels in corporate, governmental, and not-for profit sectors.  Some examples of how he has used this experience in providing legal advice and representation include:

In Commercial Litigation

  • Serving as lead United States counsel for the founder and principal shareholder of a global company victimized by a massive fraud perpetuated by an advisor, coordinating the US litigation closely with related litigation in the High Court of Justice in England.
  • Defending the North American distributor of a line of European cars in litigation brought by a very large dealer seeking to enjoin enforcement of the distributor’s vehicle allocation policies.
  • Serving by orders of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida as a receiver to seize assets and effect disgorgements in cases brought by federal agencies to secure  such sanctions against the perpetrators of financial fraud.
  • Representing financial institutions in an array of litigation involving claims of lender liability and commercial transactions. 

In Governmental Law

  • Advising design professionals, construction companies, technology providers, and service companies competing for large public contracts; advising such clients regarding compliance with procurement regulations; and litigating bid protests at the state and local levels.
  • Representing landowners in litigation with taxing authorities in Florida to contest classifications and assessments.
  • Serving as lead outside counsel to one of America’s largest institutions of higher education, advising the board of trustees and college officers regarding compliance with state and federal laws affecting the rights of students, administrators, and faculty members.
  • Serving as lead counsel in federal court litigation involving the largest pubic works project in Florida history and the associated vendor diversity policies governing the expenditure of funds in that project.
  • Serving as Assistant General Counsel to Governor Bob Graham of Florida, advising the governor and senior administration officials regarding the exercise of constitutional and statutory powers, including those related to emergencies, disasters, appointments, energy conservation, and workers compensation.
In Employment Law
  • Defending the chief executive of a prominent manufacturing company in sexual harassment and assault claims asserted by an employee.
  • Averting the filing of numerous race discrimination cases against a national company by helping it assess case merits, improve policies and practices, and by providing the benefits of credibility earned through a career history of devising and implementing employment, procurement, and education policies beneficial to minorities and women.
  • Representing companies facing the risk of loss of proprietary information, customers, and employees by litigating to enforce restrictive covenants and enjoin impermissible solicitation of employees and customers.
  • Negotiating employment agreements and severance agreements for companies and executives.
  • Guiding execution of reductions in force affecting thousands of employees, mitigating risks through statistical analysis to detect potentially impermissible disparities, and assisting line managers with workflow redesign.
Public Service

Secretary of Labor and Employment Security, State of Florida: Agency head of the state’s workforce department during the recession of the early 1990’s, receiving widespread acclaim for rapid response to the plight of Florida’s aviation industry following the shutdown of Eastern Airlines and Pan American World Airways and for spearheading passage through the Florida House of Representatives of Chiles-MacKay administration proposals to reform the workers’ compensation system. The department had 250 offices, 6000 employees, and budget of $1.5 billion; introduced “one stop” center concept to co-locate and integrate job service, unemployment compensation, and related services; gained legislative approval-- unprecedented to that point in Florida history-- to institute pay for performance in the career service system as applied to employees of the department’s Division of Worker’s Compensation; through use of that special authority so dramatically increased administrative efficiency of the Division of Workers Compensation that the governor highlighted the improved performance in his “State of the State” address, in the process bringing the combined assembly of the Florida House and Senate to a standing ovation.

Chairman, Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission:  Chaired a commission that included trial and appellate judges, the state university chancellor, leading lawyers, a former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and a former President of the Florida Senate; the milestone reports of the commission, entitled “Where the Injured Fly for Justice,” led to reforms in all three branches of Florida government to address the racial and ethnic disparities so thoroughly documented in the reports. The reports led to dramatic diversification of the state’s judiciary, revisions to state’s bar examination, and mandatory diversity training for every law enforcement officer throughout the state; the reports shaped public opinion through dozens of news articles and editorials, which continued to highlight the commission’s work for more than a decade after it adjourned; the reports became widely used as texts in the state’s schools and colleges and received praise from civil rights advocates, judges, and elected officials alike.

Career Chronology

Office Depot, Inc.  Delray Beach, FL   
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, 2004-2005
Member of the Board of Directors, 1996-2003

Greenberg Traurig, LLC Ft. Lauderdale
Shareholder and Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, 1995-2004

Steel Hector and Davis, Miami     
Associate and Partner, (Excluding Leaves to State of Florida),  1977-1995
State of Florida, Tallahassee                
Secretary of Labor and Employment Security, 1991-1992
Assistant General Counsel to the Governor, 1979-1980

Board and Community Service
  • Member, Florida Board of Regents, 1982-1988
  • Trustee, University of Miami, 1992-1995 and 2002-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, 1995-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Office Depot, Inc. 1996-2003
  • Member, Florida Council of 100, 1991-1992 and 1994-present
  • Member, Orange Bowl Committee, 1989-present
  • Chairman, Broward Workshop, 1999-2000
  • Fellow of the British American Project, 1990-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Broward County, 2006-present
Honors and Awards
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Florida International University
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Bethune Cookman College
  • Urban League of Broward County, Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award
  • Leadership Broward Achievement Award
  • Florida Black Business Investment Board Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, M.P.A.
  • Cornell University, A.B. summa sum laude in Government
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Advanced Management Program Graduate

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated

Practice Area
Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment