Attorney Frank P. Remsen
[PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]
(This Article was First Published in LLN in November, 2014 — Issue No. 20.)
For attorney Frank Remsen of Tavares, Florida, it’s about family. Family is often the last feeling you’d get in a law office, but it’s apparent as soon as you walk in the door of the once two-story house that Remsen has now converted into an office. Pictures of his 5-year-old daughter Paige adorn his walls and one can’t help but notice her gorgeous red hair. When Lake Legal News recently interviewed Remsen, he was still glowing from baking a princess cake with her which he proudly showed off. “I’m a very active and involved dad,” Remsen tells LLN. Though he sometimes sees the uglier side of society, Remsen remains practical: “When I go home, I shut it off,” he explains. “I go home and that’s time for family.”
A transplant from South Florida, Remsen was born at Homestead Air Force Base and raised in Boca Raton. He moved to Orlando in 2003 and finally purchased a house in Mount Dora in 2006 with his wife, Teri. “You can buy a bigger house and more land than you can in Orlando,” he explains. “We were trying to expand the family.”
Remsen’s career aspirations didn’t begin with the law, but he quickly knew it was right where he belonged. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s in business administration, his best friend encouraged him to go to law school and he took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test just one day apart. He decided to go with law school and enrolled at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.
And it was in the courtroom, while clerking for an insurance defense firm, he knew he made the right decision: “I loved it. I loved the courtroom, I loved the litigation battle,” he tells LLN. “That’s my favorite part of the law.”
Remsen practices bankruptcy, family, and criminal law, and recently began offering his services as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL.) A GAL can be court-appointed or agreed upon by both parents — and Remsen offers flat-fee rates based on a sliding scale. The compassion in his eyes is obvious as he talks about children and their needs. “In family court, children don’t have a voice (without a GAL),” he notes.
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