Stephen Crane

Hon. Stephen G. Crane (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Shakiya Wright-McDuffie
T: 212-607-2761
F: 212-751-4099
620 8th Ave, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Stephen G. Crane is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


A retired senior justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and former Commercial Division Justice, Judge Crane has confronted complex and sophisticated litigations and appeals as a judge.  Since joining JAMS, Judge Crane has had numerous assignments as an arbitrator in a variety of disputes

Representative Arbitrations

  • Employment discrimination claim on basis of race and hostile work environment
  • Various claims to unpaid bonuses by employees of investment banks
  • Claim of creditor in bankruptcy for damages for defect in electrical product manufactured by bankrupt
  • Claim to insurance proceeds of policy insuring against adverse consequences of tax audit of employer's deductions for its contributions of premiums to a life insurance plan covering key employees
  • Claim to damages for personal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident
  • Claim to damages for breach of an agreement employing the claimant as a placement agent to raise capital for the respondent, an investment fund
  • Claim for damages for breach of oral commitments to continue the claimant's employment and for unpaid compensation
  • Claim for damages for breach of an employment contract and for unpaid incentive compensation
  • Claim of breach of agreement to pay for buyout of minority interest with counterclaims for breach of non-competition obligations
  • Claim to lost profits from breach of a distributorship agreement involving a medical product
  • Claims for breaches of agreements to develop parcels for high-rise residential buildings
  • Claim for breach of agreement to supply back-end services for merchandise sold on a website
  • Claim of breach of contract to provide investment capital for a start-up hedge fund
  • Claims stemming from Hurricane Katrina under time element coverage of policy of property damage insurance
  • Claims and counterclaims between former law partners stemming from expiration of the partnership agreement, entitlement to fees on certain cases and right to continued tenancy
  • Claims to compensation of a placement agent against a private equity firm for services in marketing limited partnership interests in an investment fund
  • Claims of employees of an asset securitization group of an investment bank to payment of profit participation awards due to an alleged payout event involving the bank's alleged decision to discontinue this line of business
  • Infant’s claim to damages for personal injury referred to arbitration by court pursuant to CPLR 1209
  • Claim by investor against investment advisor for fraud, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty under Federal and common law
  • Claim for real estate brokerage commission on sale of hotel property
  • Claims and counterclaims for damages for a defect in lenses supplied for inclusion in optical instruments for military use Claims and counterclaims for damages for a defect in lenses supplied for inclusion in optical instruments for military use
  • Claim to return of deposit on contract to purchase real property dependent on interpretation of clause regulating purchaser’s limited right to terminate
  • Claim to damages and forfeiture of his membership against managing member of an LLC created to invest in real estate for failing to make his capital contribution and repay a loan
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Robert L. Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service, New York State Bar Association
  • Jack Newton Lerner Award for outstanding contributions to Continuing Legal Education, New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Louis J. Capozzoli Gavel Award, New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, Law Secretaries & Law Assistants Collegium
  • Harold A. Stevens Jewel Award, New York County Lawyers’ Association–Tort Section
  • Past President, Cornell Law Association and Past Chair, Cornell Law School Advisory Council
  • Past Member, Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
    • Co-Chair, Institute on Continuing Legal Education; Chair, History Committee
    • Member: Public Service Awards Committee, Cromwell Award Committee 
    • Past Member: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Section (founding co-chair)
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules
    • Member: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Executive Committee, Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee
    • Former Member, House of Delegates 
    • Life Fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
    • Member of former Commission on Legal Services for the Middle Income
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America and New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Honorary Board Member, formerly Member of New York Regional Board and its Executive Committee, and Chair of By-Laws Committee, Anti-Defamation League
  • National Center for State Courts: Project Advisory Committee for A Manual for Managing Notorious Cases, 1990-1992
  • Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the City of New York and Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Member, Board of Justices, First Judicial District
  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees, New York County Public Access Law Library
  • Museum Memberships:  The Guggenheim Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Frick Collection; The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; The Museum of Jewish Heritage; Frank Lloyd Wright Association
  • Neutral, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, 1984-2007 (Supreme Court Justice, 1990-2007; Acting Supreme Court Justice, 1984-1989)
    • Senior Associate Justice, Appellate Division-Second Department, 2008
    • Associate Justice, Appellate Division-Second Department, designated 2005
    • Additional Justice, Appellate Division-Second Department, designated 2001
    • Administrative Judge of Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County, 1996-2001
  • Judge, Criminal Court, City of New York, 1981-1984
  • Partner, Glass Howard and Crane, New York, 1980-1981
  • Counsel to the Office of Court Administration, New York, 1979-1980
  • Chief Law Assistant, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York, 1976-1979 (Senior Law Assistant, 1966-1976)
  • Associate, Poletti Freidin Prashker Feldman & Gartner, New York, 1963-1966
  • J.D., with distinction, Cornell Law School, 1963
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1960

Counsel Comments

    • "Thank you [Judge Crane] for your Herculean efforts in assisting the parties to resolve their dispute. This would not have happened had it not been for your determined and patient efforts."
    • "We're impressed with your involvement and the level of your commitment to the process. You not only demonstrate a sterling intellect, but keen understanding of the interpersonal aspects of negotiation."

      -Lawyer for Party
    • "We very much appreciate Judge Crane’s skillful approach and considerable efforts that enabled the parties to reach this settlement."

      -Law Firm Attorney
    • "I don't think that it would be premature to express, once again, our appreciation for your hard and skillful work in connection with the resolution of our case. We had been working on reaching a settlement for several years without success. In three short hours, you helped us work it out. We look forward to working with you again in the future."

      -Law Firm Attorney
    • "I want to thank you for being so instrumental in developing the basis to end this most unfortunate and unnecessary conflict.  Your judicial stature, knowledge of the critical aspects of the law, and capability to assess the relative significance of the factual issues were each vital in the mediation process."

      -CEO Family Business Client
    • "Thank you once again for your efforts... What a truly terrific job I thought you did. I have been singing your praises here since then. You are probably the best mediator we ever had the pleasure of working with. You really pulled a rabbit out of the hat on this one. We didn't think this one was going to settle. You did a superb job. Another round of thanks for you."

      -Attorney for party
    • "It was as painless as possible and Judge Crane deserves to be credited for his objectivity and pleasant manners in a surprisingly strife free situation."





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