Hon. Stephen G. Crane (Ret.)

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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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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)

Background and Education

  • 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


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