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Frank Spano

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600 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10016


Description of Practice

Clients depend on Frank Spano to provide mediation and arbitration services grounded in a solid understanding of their businesses, in order to help them resolve complex disputes. Frank draws on knowledge gained during more than 40 years of experience in law and business. Frank serves clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy, telecommunications, food, beverages, and luxury goods.

Professional Background

NY Part 146 Mediator Certification; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; F.A.A. licensed pilot, single-engine, land, and sea; F.A.A. licensed airframe and power plant technician


Representative Matters as Arbitrator or Mediator • International arbitration under engineering contract for power transmission systems. • International arbitration under metals and minerals supply contract. • International arbitration between telecommunications companies and cellular networks. • International arbitration between health care company and software developer. • International arbitration between luxury goods manufacturer and former shareholders. • International arbitration between aerospace manufacturer and government agency. • International arbitration between software company and distributor. • International arbitration between bank and former officers. • Arbitration between cellular network and tower company. • Arbitration between law firm and former clients. • Arbitration between retailer and manufacturer of dietary supplements. • Arbitration between beverage manufacturer and marketer. • Mediated claims against aircraft manufacturers in air crash litigation. • Mediated consumer claims against motor vehicles manufacturers. • Mediated consumer claims against manufacturers and retailers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements. • Mediated premises liability claims. • Mediated commercial lease disputes. • Mediated shareholder and corporate take-over disputes. • Mediated disputes concerning finder’s fee and investment banking fees in corporate transaction. • Mediated disputes between real estate brokers and clients. • Mediated disputes arising from real estate transactions.


• J.D., cum laude, St. John’s University, 1988 • B.S.M.E., Fairleigh-Dickinson University, 1981 • A.A.S., Academy of Aeronautics, 1976


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
October 2015    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators    Pathway to Fellowship, 80 hours
January 2019    NYSBA    Mediator training, 20 hours
November 2020    Elena Sapora    Part 146 Training, 24 hours


I tend to favor the facilitative approach to mediation. I use a broad range of interventions that are designed to empower the parties’ informed decision making. I work to help the parties move from positional conflict by identifying their underlying interests and needs in the dispute. I have found that this approach often leads to collaborative problem solving.


I offer discounted hourly and fixed fee engagements.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Evictions
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Oil and Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.