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Frank A. Lightmas Jr., Mediator, Atlanta, Georgia.

Frank A. Lightmas Jr.

The Law Offices of Frank A. Lightmas Jr., LLC
Suite 1150, The Peachtree
1355 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel: (404) 876-3335
Cell: (404)274-1080
Fax: (404) 876-3338
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Recognized to Georgia Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee

Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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Frank Lightmas has been a trial lawyer and commercial and business litigator for over 38 years.  He has argued cases before federal and state appellate courts, tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, tried cases before arbitration tribunals of the AAA, FINRA, the NYSE, the CBOE, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and ad hoc panels, and appeared in contested hearings before federal and state agencies and federal, state and professional licensing, enforcement, regulatory and disciplinary boards and tribunals.  Most cases have involved commercial and business disputes, contracts, corporation, partnership, shareholder, joint venture, limited liability and other intra-organizational disputes, securities and other financial fraud, officers and directors liability, professional liability and negligence, employment agreements, covenants not to compete or covenants not to solicit, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty claims, tortious interference with contractual relationships, negligence and other torts, intellectual property disputes, insurance and insurance coverage issues between insureds and insurance companies, defamation, real estate, education, employment, EEOC and Title VII claims involving allegations of racial and sexual discrimination, banking and finance, healthcare, sports and entertainment, environmental actions involving federal claims under CERCLA and state law claims, franchise, technology, trusts/estates and probate and transportation.  Mr. Lightmas has received the AV Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, which is the highest rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell and is an objective indicator of his high ethical standards and professional ability, and has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer®.

He also is certified by and registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a neutral in the areas of arbitration, general mediation and early neutral evaluation.

Mr. Lightmas has served as a mediator in over 300 cases in over twenty-three states and the District of Columbia.  90% of the cases he has mediated have settled.  Many have involved complex, multi-party disputes, the largest of which involved over 200 parties.  Mr. Lightmas tries to employ all aspects of evaluative, facilitative and transformative techniques to aid the mediation process and also actively uses evaluative techniques and reality testing approaches to advance the process.  Attorneys and their clients have used the following terms in describing Mr. Lightmas' work as a mediator:

The Best, Great, Professional, Respectful

Great disposition, Fair-minded, Even-keeled, Objective

Creative, Determined, Intelligent, Knowledgeable

Effective communicator, Empathetic, Good bedside manner

Persistent, Patient, Persuasive, Pragmatic

Prepared, Thorough, Hard-working

Mr. Lightmas has also served as an arbitrator for over 25 years for parties who have privately retained him and as a member of various arbitration neutral panels.  These arbitrations have included single neutral arbitations, single neutral arbitrations decided on the basis of written submissions only, 3-neutral panels and 5-neutral panels.  On all but a few of these, he has serviced as chairperson.  As chairperson, he has conducted and participated in pre-hearing conferences, issued discovery, non-dispositive and dispositive rulings, and held arbitration hearings that have resulted in final awards being issued.  The longest of these hearings lasted over 20 sessions spread over several weeks.

To learn more about Mr. Lightmas' litigation, mediation and arbitration experience, please go to http// To review his complete resume, please go to and click on the button "Download Resume" at the top right corner.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital


1973, Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, in Government

1976, Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D.; Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review; Member, Moot Court Board; Research Assistant on the Restatement (2d) of Torts to Dean John W. Wade, the reporter; course assistant, Legal Methods course

Certified by and registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in areas of general mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation (1996-present)


Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Panel of Arbitrators, FINRA (1985-present)

Member, Panel of Mediators, FINRA (1997-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) (2011-present)

Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2011-present)

Member, North American Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2011-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, International Chamber of Commerce/United States Council for International Business (2011-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, London Court of International Arbitration (2011-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, National Futures Association (2010-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, Gwinnett (Ga.) Judicial Circuit ADR Program (2010-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, Macon and Houston County (Ga.) Judicial Circuits ADR Program (2010-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, 6th Judicial District (Ga.) (2011-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, 7th Judicial District (Ga.) (2011-present)

Member, Panel of Neutrals, 9th Judicial District (Ga.) (2011-present)

Member, Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators (2009-present)

Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2010-present)

Member, International Mediation Institute (2010-present)

Certified by and registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in areas of general mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation (1996-present)

Member, American Bar Association (Sections on Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, Law Practice Management)

Member, State Bar of Georgia, 1976 (Sections on General Practice and Trial, Insurance Law and Legal Economics of Law)

Member, Atlanta Bar Association (Sections on Dispute Resolution [Board of Directors, 1999-2001], Litigation, Sole Practitioner /Small Firm)

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Atlanta Chapter of the St. Thomas More Society

Harvard Club of Georgia (Vice-President 1995-1999, 2001-2007, 2008-present, President 1999-2001, 2007-2008, Board of Directors, 1995-present)

Harvard Alumni Association, Southeastern Regional Director, 2001-2004

Rates Information

$395 per hour. No per party charge or administrative fee charge. If travel of more than 1 hour outside of Atlanta is required, travel is billed at $200 per hour up to a maximum of 5 hours.

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