Brooklyn attorney Frank V. Carone. Photo by Daniel J. Marino – Marino Photography.
Frank V. Carone, the lead partner in making Abrams Fensterman into Brooklyn’s largest law firm, has been named to City & State Magazine’s Law Power List for 2021. Heading the list are Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
The Law Power List also names Elizabeth Holtzman and Ken Fisher. A trail-blazing member of U.S. Congress in her early career, Holtzman also served as Brooklyn district attorney. Today she serves as co-chair of the government relations group at Herrick, Feinstein. Fisher, a partner at Cozen O’Connor, is a former city councilman and expert on land use processes.
Frank V. Carone is one of Brooklyn’s most effective business litigators, known for insightful legal prowess, business acumen and leadership skills. He helped transform Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP, into one of the premier law firms in the metropolitan region, with offices on Long Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan, White Plains and Rochester. Named head of the Brooklyn office in 2011, he turned it into the largest legal practice in the borough and helped spur the firm’s growth statewide.
Designated a super lawyer in government relations and known for his creative solutions, Carone has attained significant achievements in both business as well as in the legal profession. His practice comprises a diverse array of civil and criminal matters for individuals, corporations large and small, governmental agencies, nonprofits, professional practices and independent family offices, as well as providing high-level government relations strategies. Forbes has cited him as “one of the foremost experts on business negotiating strategy” in the country.
Prior to joining Abrams Fensterman, Carone founded a successful mortgage bank that he grew into a multi-state enterprise with more than 200 employees and negotiated a successful merger with a larger institution. His ongoing business and nonprofit engagements include board member and audit chair of Hanover Community Bank (HCB) where he led a successful reorganization and recapitalization; board and Audit Committee chair of Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a nonprofit serving 30,000 constituents, where he helped restructure the agency; and board member and audit chair of the Catholic Foundation of Brooklyn and Queens.
Carone joined the founding advisory board of the New York League of Independent Bankers and serves on the board at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He is the immediate past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association as well as its dinner chair.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Carone has long devoted himself to serving local organizations. He served two terms on the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, having been appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011 and reappointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2015 and unanimously confirmed by the New York City Council for both appointments.
His tenure as a commissioner is marked by notable advancements in green vehicle standards, the advent of e-hail apps, significant improvements to accessibility and driver wage increases. He lobbied for the creation, and served as chair, of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Transportation Law, which focused on issues associated with ride-sharing services and driverless vehicles.
For almost a decade, Carone has been counsel to the Kings County Democratic County Committee, where he has represented numerous elected government officials. He frequently appears as a guest lecturer before legal and business trade organizations.
Frank V. Carone graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a bachelor of science degree in finance. He received his juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated in the top of his class and received the award for American Jurisprudence in Legal Ethics.