Francis Carling

Carling Mediation and Arbitration

The New York Peacemaker
Newark, New Jersey 07101


Appellate, Banking, Business, Civil Rights, Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Financial Services, Labor, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Partnership Disputes, Real Estate, Securities, Workplace

Francis Carling was born and raised in New York City.  He graduated from Fordham College in 1967, and from Yale Law School in 1970.  After a two-year stint as a civil litigator at the Legal Aid Bureau in New Haven, he returned to New York in 1972 and joined Sullivan & Cromwell, where he handled general commercial cases and eventually specialized in labor and employment litigation.  In 1980 he was recruited by Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts [now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman] to head its labor and employment litigation group.  In 1997, he joined a labor and employment boutique firm which was renamed Collazo Carling & Mish.  In 2007, he was named a New York SuperLawyer(r) in the field of labor and employment law.

Carling has participated in bar association activities at the local, state and national levels, and has been active as a director of both business and non-profit corporations.  He has served as a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Inc. since 1975, and is a former President of that agency.  He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.  

Carling has served as a mediator since 1992, as a labor arbitrator since 1998, as a securities arbitrator since 2002, and as a commercial arbitrator since 2005.  Frank Carling has been active as a mediator for over 15 years.  He received his initial formal training in mediation in 1992, as part of the launch of a voluntary mediation program in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Manhattan.  Since then he has served regularly as a mediator in that program, as well as a private

mediator selected by the parties.  In 1998, he was a mediation trainer for the U.S. Department of Justice.  At the end of 2007 he retired from the practice of law, and now works full-time as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mediation Panels

 American Arbitration Association
 Finra (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
 Resolute Systems, LLC

Frank is a graduate of Yale Law School, and has over 35 years' experience in litigation and dispute resolution with major New York law firms. He has been serving as a neutral, with outstanding results, since 1992.  Inquiries are invited on Carling's availability for appointment as a mediator, arbitrator or special settlement counsel.

Frank Carling is a highly-qualified full time dispute resolution specialist.

Settlement Counsel

There are times when a company or individual embroiled in litigation desires to bring an end to the dispute, but can't quite find the way.  Sometimes, a fresh approach is required: everyone involved in the litigation has been so close to the trees that they no longer can see the forest.  Sometimes, what is needed is a creative solution that has eluded the parties.  Litigation occasionally can create such bitterness between counsel that they cannot deal effectively with each other in any mode other than combat.  At times, a party will simply wish to consult with someone whose principal focus is settlements rather than litigation tactics.  In situations like these, parties should consider retaining special settlement counsel, either to give advice behind the scenes, or to negotiate with the other side.  With a wealth of both litigation and mediation experience in his background, Frank Carling is ideally situated to serve as settlement counsel.  All inquiries regarding possible retention in that capacity are treated as strictly confidential. 

Professional Experience

2008 – present                 MEDIATOR and ARBITRATOR

1997 - 2007                      COLLAZO CARLING & MISH LLP

                                                Partner (counsel 2008-2009)

(employment and commercial litigation)               

1980-97                             WINTHROP, STIMSON, PUTNAM & ROBERTS

                                             Associate 1980-82; partner 1982-1997

(in charge of labor and employment litigation group)

1972-80                             SULLIVAN & CROMWELL


(commercial litigation and labor)

1970-72                             NEW HAVEN LEGAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION

New Haven, Connecticut

                                                (staff attorney -- civil litigation) 



Bar Admissions

 Connecticut (1970)
 New York (1972)

 U.S. District Courts for the:

  • District of Connecticut (1971)
  • Southern (1972)
  • Eastern (1972)
  • Western (1981)
  • Northern (1991) Districts of New York
  • Northern District of Ohio (1978)

 U.S. Courts of Appeal for the:

  • Second (1972)
  • Third (1980)
  • Fourth (1990)
  • Sixth (1986)
  • District of Columbia Circuits (1976)
  • United States Supreme Court (1973)

 Bar Associations

 AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION: Dispute Resolution Section; Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee, Litigation Section
 NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: Dispute Resolution Section (Committee on Mediation); Labor and Employment Law Section
 NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION:  Committee on International Human Rights 1981-83; Committee on Labor and Employment Law 1983-87; Committee on

Recruitment of Lawyers 1990-1993; Committee on Litigation 1992-1995; Committee on the Judiciary 1996-99; Committee on Sex and Law 2004-2007  

Other Activities

 COURT-APPOINTED MEDIATOR; U.S. District Court; Southern District of New York; (1992-present)
 MEDIATION TRAINER; U.S. Department of Justice; (1998)
 PUBLIC ARBITRATOR; National Association of Securities Dealers and New York Stock Exchange (now consolidated as FINRA Dispute Resolution); (2002-present)


 Association for Conflict Resolution
 The New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Inc.

174 East 74th Street, Suite 12BC

New York, NY 10021

P: 212-628-3036

C: 917-951-1237

F: 212-249-7471

E: [email protected]
Seven Habits of Ineffective Advocates in Mediation
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Description: By Francis CarlingEmployment and Labor Relations Committee Newsletter, Litigation SectionAmerican Bar AssociationJanuary 2008 Assume that, as a young lawyer, you are preparing to represent a client in your first mediation.  Assume, too, that