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Frank T. Spano

New York

Frank T. Spano

Frank Spano has been immersed in the worlds of business, technology, and law for more than 40 years. From manufacturing, engineering and aerospace, to defense and computer hardware and software, Frank has worked in a variety of industries, first as an engineer and manager, and then as legal counsel.

Frank's background enables him to appreciate and understand his clients' most challenging business and technical issues, and explain them to judges and juries.

Frank's proven track record of success has led clients worldwide to depend on his leadership in resolving some of their most complex arbitration and litigation disputes. Among Frank's many qualifications, he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Representative Experience

Represents Chinese telecommunications company in arbitration and litigation.

Represents Chinese manufacturers of building products in products liability litigation.

Represented a U.S. bank in litigation related to an inadvertent overpayment.

Represented a UK manufacturer of fire protection systems in a litigation with a U.S. customer arising from contractual overpayment dispute.

Represented a U.S. manufacturer of helicopters in arbitration and litigation against the UK government arising from a contract payment dispute.

Represented a multinational computer technology and consulting corporation and its affiliates in commercial litigation and arbitration.

Represents a Canadian energy company in litigation and investigations in U.S.

Represented a major oil and gas pipeline in federal, state, and bankruptcy litigation concerning payment to creditors.

Represented several international automotive companies in consumer class actions.

Represented a manufacturer of automotive equipment in emissions testing equipment products liability litigation.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, St. John's University, 1988
  • B.S., Fairleigh-Dickinson University, 1981


  • Aviation and Space Law Committee, American Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Columbian Lawyers Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Tort and Insurance Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Practical Principles for E-Discovery in the 21st Century: Phase One Results of the Seventh's Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program

Digital Discovery and E-Evidence Report, Vol. 10, No. 7
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