A substantial part of Frank Carling's 35-year career as a litigator was devoted to arbitration. He began representing parties in arbitration in 1972, and commenced service as a neutral arbitrator in 1998. In 2002 he was added to the roster of public arbitrators at both the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange, and continues in that capacity at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra). He has arbitrated labor, securities and commercial disputes involving a very broad range of industries and issues.
American Arbitration Association (Commercial Panel)
Finra (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
Resolute Systems, LLC
Labor and Employment
From 1972 until 1980, Carling was a litigation associate at one of New York's pre-eminent law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell. One of his assignments there was to the labor and employment group, which represented major corporations with far-flung operations all over the country. For eight years, Carling regularly tried labor arbitration cases in industrial towns in Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and New Jersey, as well as in New York City.
In 1980, Carling became head of the labor and employment litigation group at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, and in 1997 he joined the labor and employment boutique Collazo Carling & Mish. In both firms, a major part of his practice was labor arbitrations, primarily in the New York Metropolitan Area. He also appeared regularly as counsel in discrimination and employment cases in the courts, representing both employers and employees. Since 1972 he has served as counsel in hundreds of labor arbitrations. In 1998, he began service on a part-time basis as a neutral arbitrator in labor cases. In 2007, Carling was named a New York SuperLawyer® for his work in labor and employment litigation. At the end of that year, he withdrew from the practice of law to serve full-time as a mediator and arbitrator.
As a litigator for over 35 years at three law firms in New York City — Sullivan & Cromwell; Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts; and Collazo Carling & Mish — Carling gained extensive experience in commercial litigation in general and commercial arbitration in particular. He has served as counsel in many commercial arbitrations over the years, from run-of-the-mill business disputes to unusual situations. (For example, he represented the actor Anthony Quinn in a dispute with a producer over Quinn's withdrawal from a Broadway play.) His first appointment as an arbitrator in an American Arbitration Association commercial case was in 2005.
As an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in the 1970s, Carling gained substantial experience in securities litigation. In the 1990s, he was active in the New York securities market as a private investor and entrepreneur. He has served on the boards of directors of two private corporations, Rand Communications, Inc. and Progressive Grocer Associates, L.L.C. In 2002 he was added to the roster of public arbitrators at both the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange, and continues in that capacity at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra). With his combined experience in the financial world and labor and employment law, he is ideally placed to arbitrate employment and discrimination disputes in the securities industry.