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Rodd Santomauro

Chief Business Development Officer at Synergy Settlement Services; Attorney

Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Industry
Legal Services
Current
  1. Synergy Settlement Services
Previous
  1. Synergy Settlement Services,
  2. HALT,
  3. Nash and Associates, LLC
Education
  1. Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
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Synergy Settlement Services

Synergy Settlement Services

Chief Business Development Officer

– Present

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Background

Summary

Highly credentialed attorney with extensive experience as an executive in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Strong fundraising and business development background. Nationally recognized for superior ethics and professionalism. Highly regarded by attorneys, judges, as well as former clients. Skilled lecturer and nationally published author. Promoted to equity partner the day sworn in to practice.

Experience

Chief Business Development Officer

Synergy Settlement Services
– Present (9 months)Washington, DC

Chief Operations Officer

Synergy Settlement Services
(1 year)Washington, DC

Responsible for overseeing all strategic and operational functions of the organization, as well as the company's business development strategies, plans, and initiatives.

CEO/Executive Director

HALT
(3 years)Washington, DC

CEO of 20,000 member national legal non-profit organization, and led advocacy, personnel, finances, operations, fundraising, and marketing. Drafted and finalized documents used in advocating for pro-consumer legal reform issues, including legal comments, press releases, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, as well as articles for both website and print publication. Analyzed legal issues as they related to the interests of members/donors.

-- Provided successful and compelling testimony at state-level hearings on behalf of member base, resulting in multiple pro-consumer proposals and laws being passed.
-- Re-energized public awareness of organization through an aggressive PR campaign, resulting in significant coverage by numerous publications, including, but not limited to: the Wall Street Journal Online, the front pages of The Des Moines Register and the Connecticut Law Tribune, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and a feature story in the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Publication Nonprofit Agenda.

Associate

Nash and Associates, LLC
(1 year)Towson, MD/Washington, DC

Brought unique and powerful perspective to the firm's cases based on extensive plaintiff personal injury experience. Increased effectiveness of the firm's marketing capabilities, utilizing previously successful strategies.

-- While researching several significant medical malpractice cases across multiple jurisdictions, dramatically increased traffic to the firm's website through blogging on various medical/legal issues.
-- Planned legal strategies regarding complex personal injury/medical malpractice cases.
-- Discussed and analyzed the liability and damages aspects of the various cases.

Board of Directors

Florida Justice Association
(12 years)Tallahassee, FL

Served as 1 of 28 attorneys elected to the Board of Directors (from 3,000 member organization). Personally acted as liaison to hundreds of attorneys and law firms. Drafted legislation, interacted with political candidates at both the local and state levels, lobbied at the state capitol, and recruited new members.

-- Recognized as top ten fundraiser during first year on the Board of Directors.
-- Established significant network of top tier attorneys for business relations and referrals through a 12 year active membership.
-- Assisted in positively impacting millions of Floridians through effective lobbying and drafting legislation aimed at protecting Florida consumers.

Associate

Bogin, Munns, and Munns, P.A.
(1 year)Melbourne, Florida

Led business development efforts by effectively networking with physicians and referral attorneys in other practice areas. Met with potential and existing clients to acquire new cases, including handling all matters up to and including settlement. Negotiated and satisfied medical liens on behalf of clients, including Letters of Protection, Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, as well as other forms of collateral sources.

-- Created comprehensive growth plan, which resulted in substantial six-figure net profit within six months, based solely on cases personally generated.
-- Established 60 new referral sources, which continue to provide income to the office.

Board of Directors and Sponsorship Chairman

Brevard County Bar Association
(4 years)Melbourne, Florida

Selected as 1 of 8 attorneys responsible for leading 700 member organization. Worked with numerous attorneys, judges, and law firms to promote fundraising efforts, increase membership, coordinate speaking and continuing legal education events, as well as host networking functions. Served as a key contact for both local and state bar leaders, including members of the Florida Supreme Court, during appearances at local bar functions.

-- Surpassed fundraising goals by 75% as a result of successfully securing contributions from both individuals and corporations.
-- Raised the most funds in one year by one person in the 55 year history of the association by creating first of its kind grass roots fundraising campaign.

Partner

The Law Office of Camfield and Santomauro
(5 years)Melbourne, Florida

Co-managed all aspects of law firm, including personnel management, marketing, and achieving revenue objectives. Recruited, supervised, motivated and evaluated employees, including clerical staff and paralegals. Handled cases from intake through settlement, including conducting depositions and motion practice. Reviewed and interpreted medical records and liaised with physicians of various disciplines.

-- Personally secured majority of personal injury cases for the office, resulting in consistent annual six figure net profits to the firm.
-- Effective marketing quickly established firm as one of the top personal injury firms in the area.

Adjunct Professor

Everest University (Formerly known as Florida Metropolitan University)
(1 year)Orlando, Florida

Taught a variety of law-related courses at the undergraduate level; including ethics, civil procedure, and torts.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Corporate Sponsorship Chairman

Brent Elementary School
(3 years)Children

Partner and Fundraiser

Women's Center Guild of Brevard County, Florida
(2 years)Civil Rights and Social Action

Guest Speaker/Lecturer

University of Central Florida
(5 years)Education

President of the Greater Washington DC Alumni Chapter

Barry University
(3 years)

Outreach and Constituent Services Task Force Resident Member

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B
(2 years)

Membership Oversight Committee Member

American Association for Justice
– Present (4 months)

Development Committee Member

Public Justice
– Present (1 year 3 months)Civil Rights and Social Action

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Organizations

The Florida Bar

Member
– Present

The District of Columbia Bar

Member; Membership Committee
– Present

U.S. District Court; Middle District of Florida

Member
– Present

U.S. District Court; District of Columbia

Member
– Present

Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, DC

Member; Membership Committee; Education Committee

Maryland Association for Justice

Member

Brevard County Bar Association

Member; President, Young Lawyers Division; Board of Directors; Sponsorship Committee Chairman

Florida Justice Association

Member; Board of Directors; Auto Insurance Committee

American Inns of Court

Member; Barrister Level

Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association

Member

American Association for Justice

Member

Supreme Court of the United States

Attorney Member
– Present

Public Justice

General Member; Development Committee
– Present

American Association for Justice

Member; Membership Oversight Committee
– Present

Florida Justice Association

Member
– Present

Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, DC

Associate Member
– Present

Publications

Surviving Litigation with Civility

American Inns of Court
September 2008

Discusses the issue of practicing law with professionalism, citing examples of how to do so.

Automobile and Homeowners Insurance Coverage 101

American Association for Justice
April 2008

Discusses various tips on insurance coverages, as well as how to relate to clients when discussing those coverages.

How Does a Young Lawyer Generate Business in the Community?

American Association for Justice
April 2007

Cites and describes several examples of ways to bring in business to a law firm, as well as aspects of professionalism and ethics in this regard.

Honors & Awards

Dean's Achievement Award

Barry University of Orlando School of Law

Given to one student/graduate who exhibits qualities that would ultimately lead to a successful career as an attorney, as stated/decided by the Dean of the Law School. First-ever recipient of this Award.

Annual Professionalism Award

Brevard County Bar Association

Awarded for the tireless pursuit and practice of the highest ideals and tenets of the legal profession and for consistently demonstrating the essential attributes of professionalism: Character, Competence, and Commitment.

Shining Star of Professionalism Award

Brevard County Bar Association

Recognized by colleagues as an attorney that practices with professionalism and civility. Selected by the Board of Directors for exemplifying all that is good in the legal profession.

Board Member of the Year

Brevard County Bar Association

In recognition of continued dedication and enthusiasm, and for service beyond the call of duty to the Brevard County Bar Association.

Silver Eagle Award

Florida Justice Association

Top ten fundraiser and extraordinary support of the civil justice system.

Education

Barry University of Orlando School of Law

J.D., Law

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