Frank De Santis
Managing Partner & Founder
Frank De Santis has been in successful practice for 33 years, handling a vast array of civil cases, focusing on victim’s rights. An immigrant from Italy in 1970, Mr. De Santis came to The Bronx, New York speaking no English whatsoever.
As an immigrant boy and young man, he worked various blue collar jobs to pay for his self support and education. He has fought to fit into American culture and society. In 1983, Mr. De santis succeeded in passing the California Bar Exam on the first attempt.
As a lawyer, Mr. De Santis has used his background as a marginalized foreigner to zealously advocate and fight for his clients who are often disadvantaged. His first field of expertise was in maritime injury claims, representing mostly fisherman and crewmembers. In addition to maritime companies, he also represents his clients against insurance companies, banks, governmental agencies, large corporations, and other powerful entities. One of such cases, which was litigated against a bank, was recently published by the California Court of Appeals and decided in Mr. De Santis’ client’s favor.
For leisure, Frank loves to fish, is an avid outdoorsman, and he is heavily involved in advancing the sport of bocce in the United States, a sport which he plays competitively throughout the country. He is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish.
Thomas De Santis
As a young boy, Thomas De Santis worked for his father, Frank De Santis, in his law practice doing filing and answering phones. Since those days he dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps of becoming an attorney. He admired the way his father helped those in need and made it his life goal to do the same.
A lifelong San Diego native, Thomas graduated San Diego State University with a B.A. in psychology, Magna Cum Laude, in 2008. He went on to attend California Western School of Law and graduated from there obtaining his Juris Doctor in January 2012. He passed the February bar on his first attempt and became a licensed attorney that same year.
Since becoming licensed, Thomas has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for his injured clients. Standing up for the rights of his clients to large corporations, insurance companies, and governmental entities is his passion. He brings steadfast work ethic to each and every case that comes his way and fights to ensure his clients are being fairly and justly compensated for their losses.
In his free time, Thomas loves spending time with his wife, kids and dog and loves to cook for them when he is able. He also brings his dedicated work ethic with him to the gym as he is a devout health and fitness enthusiast.
Valorie E. Ryan
Valorie E. Ryan has worked with the Law Offices of Frank De Santis since 2009. Ms. Ryan handles civil litigation, including injury and insurance claims arising from auto accidents, defective products, premises, construction, medical malpractice as well as other causes of personal injury.
Ms. Ryan was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of California and United States District Court, Central District of California. She received her law degree from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 1999. While attending the California Western School of Law, Ms. Ryan served as a legal extern for United States Federal Judge Hon. Rudi M. Brewster at the United States District Court, Southern District of California and also served as a board member of California Western School of Law’s Women’s Law Caucus. She has been a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the San Diego County Bar Association, and has volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego.
Ms. Ryan graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts in both English Literature and Art, with an emphasis in Photography. She is a graduate of Point Loma High School, in San Diego, California. Ms. Ryan enjoys cooking and swing dancing.
Certified Legal Consultant
Blake Tastad has been a lifelong advocate of equality and justice. Born and raised in San Diego, he is familiar with the region and its various complexities. Devoting time and energy to serving the community is more than a profession, it is a lifestyle.
Desiring to spend as much time in the county he wished serve, Blake attended and graduated with Honors from the University of California San Diego. Subsequently, Blake was accepted as a Trustee Scholar to California Western School of Law, where he continuously ranked near the top of his class. In 2012, he was accepted as a member to the California State Bar. Additionally, he is licensed to practice in the United States Southern District Court.
Practicing law allows Blake an opportunity to put his knowledge to work for those most in need of quality representation. The legal system can appear complicated and daunting, but Blake takes pride in ensuring that that all legal remedies are accessible to everyone. Great communication and his commitment to excellence are readily apparent. Blake is willing to put in the time and energy necessary to ensure his clients are properly compensated.
In his free time, Blake enjoys traveling with his wife and son, and has had the pleasure of experiencing numerous countries and cultures. Fishing, surfing, and reading are some of Blake’s favorite hobbies. He is blessed to have great friends and family who fully understand and support his passions.