Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo, Cohen & Peterfriend

Luis Menendez-Aponte

Office Phone: 305.377.8900
Office Fax: 954.761.9940
Cell Phone: 305.608.9988
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Practice Areas

  • Auto / Fleet
  • General Liability
  • Trucking / Transportation

Luis Menendez-Aponte is a Senior Partner and member of the BI Team in the Miami office. Luis practices in general liability, automobile liability, negligent security, trucking claims and premises liability matters. He has been practicing since 2004 in both civil and criminal matters and has handled over 40 jury trials to verdict. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior associate at a Miami firm where he handled personal injury defense, fraud/SIU claims, homeowners' insurance claims and examinations under oath for multiple major insurance carriers. While there he litigated fraudulent insurance claims ranging from staged accidents to medical billing fraud. He was also staff counsel for a major insurance carrier in the Law and Regulation department where he handled personal injury, property damage, and PIP claims, and assisted the SIU with investigating insurance claims by conducting thorough EUOs.

Early on in his legal career, Luis was an assistant state attorney at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office. He also served as Division Chief responsible for the prosecution of homicide cases and the supervision of felony division attorneys.

Luis is an approved instructor for adjuster continuing education by the Florida Department of Financial Services. He has spoken on investigating staged accidents, independent medical examinations, fraud, and SIU tips and tactics.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University and earned his Juris Doctor from Florida State University. Luis is admitted in Florida (2004) and to the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Fluent in Spanish, Luis is bilingual.


  • Florida International University, B.A., 2000.
  • Florida State University, J.D., 2004.

Bar Admissions

  • 2004, Florida.
  • United States District Court, Southern (2008), Middle (2012) and Northern (2012) Districts of Florida.

Awards And Honors

  • Phi Delta Phi International Honors Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Honors Society

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • League of Prosecutors
  • Volunteer for the Guardian Ad Litem
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association


  • Insurance Companies
  • Third-Party Administrators
  • Property Managers
  • Shopping Malls and Centers
  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Supermarket Chains
  • Retail Specialty Stores
  • Homeowner and Condominium Associations
  • Car Rental Companies
  • State Bureaus & Agencies
  • Public and Governmental Entities


  • Spanish
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