About Frank Lightmas
Frank Lightmas is an experienced, effective and respected Atlanta, Georgia, trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants for over 35 years in commercial and business disputes, litigation, arbitrations and mediations. Frank is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, which is the highest rating awarded by the national law directory and is an objective indicator of high ethical standards and professional ability. A rating of AV Preeminent is testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Frank also has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer®.
Frank has argued cases before federal and state appellate courts and has tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, federal and state agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, and federal, state and professional licensing, enforcement, regulatory and disciplinary boards. Frank's practice is focused on:
- Securities and Financial Services Arbitration and Litigation
- Business and Commercial Litigation
- Professional Liability, in particular with respect to Accountants
- Securities Enforcement and Regulatory Matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and state agencies
- Employment Liability
- Shareholder, Partnership and Intra-Company Disputes
- Insurance and Insurance Coverage Litigation
- Officers and Directors Liability
Frank provides each of his clients with creative and high quality services to help them solve their problems. Frank has the ability to work closely with each client to develop cost-effective, timely and pragmatic solutions that protect each client’s interests and meet each client’s goals, whether through negotiation, litigation, arbitration or mediation. Most of Frank’s clients come to him through referrals from existing or former clients and other attorneys, including former adversaries, which speaks volumes for the fact that Frank enjoys a reputation for providing outstanding representation and rendering sound judgment and advice while being capable and willing to take on significant matters against tough opponents. He has argued cases before federal and state appellate courts, and tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, federal and state agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, and federal, state and professional licensing, enforcement, regulatory and disciplinary boards.
Frank also is an experienced Atlanta mediator and arbitrator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in the areas of arbitration, general mediation and early neutral evaluation. For over 30 years, Frank has served as an arbitrator for parties who have privately retained him and as a member of many arbitration neutral panels. For over 20 years, Frank has also mediated more than 300 cases, of which more than 90% have been settled. Many of these have been complex, multi-party disputes, the largest of which involved over 200 parties.
Frank's complete resume can be viewed by clicking on the button at the top right of this page.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank previously was a partner in the litigation department of Kutak Rock and a partner with Lightmas & Delk. Frank is married to his wife Terri and has two daughters, Lauran (Nichols) and Lindsay.