Dean Trantalis was born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1979, he completed his legal studies at the Stetson University School of Law. He took his studies aboard and studied international law in London, Eastern Europe and Russia.
He’s been practicing law in Broward County since 1992. Currently, he maintains a general practice that handles real estate, probate, and corporate matters.
When Broward County was amidst a referendum to pass a human rights ordinance in 1990, Trantalis decided to enter politics. Three years later, he became chair of Broward United Against Discrimination, a local chapter with a statewide effort. The aim was to defeat American Family Association’s petition drive to prevent any city or county from enacting gay-rights laws.
In 1995, he served as co-chair of Americans For Equality. His leadership experience is extensive.
“As time passed, I became drawn to issues affecting human rights and anti-discrimination causes,” he wrote.
His charity work includes being on the board for the Broward House, a nonprofit that serves individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Currently Trantalis is a City Commissioner for Fort Lauderdale.