Frank Abramson, Esq.
141 Willoughby Way
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Hourly Rate $350
Current Attorney/ADR Neutral
Practice 17
Cases 250
Languages English
Attorney/ADR Neutral
Attorney and ADR Neutral, Self-employed, 1999 – Present; Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 2003 – 2006; Shareholder/Partner/Attorney, Lapp Laurie Libra Abramson & Thomson Chartered, 1975 – 1999; Associate, Altman Geraghty Mulally & Weiss, 1973 – 1975; Staff Accountant, Touche Ross Bailey & Smart C.P.A., 1969.
Has mediated approximately 50-75 cases in which employees alleged that an employer violated state or federal anti-discrimination laws where the allegations included sexual harassment, age, gender, or disability discrimination. Those cases involved an individual making such claims against their employer, which employers range from local and state governmental agencies to small and large corporations as well as unincorporated entities. Has also mediated approximately 150 matters while serving as a neutral in the In Re The Prudential Insurance Company of America Sales Practices Litigation (class action settlement). Has also mediated numerous dissolution of marriage matters, as well as other matters including wrongful death, dispute between a professional athlete and a management company, landlord and tenant dispute, and dispute between a physician and hospital.
Mediated numerous cases involving claims of age, gender, race and disability discrimination as well as claims of sexual harassment and the damages resulting from loss of income and emotional distress. Has also mediated numerous matters involving financial issues that arise in marriage dissolution matters, including issues of business and real estate valuation, and one or more of the following: dispute between a professional athlete and management company regarding representation, wrongful death damages, physician and hospital dispute regarding privileges and other miscellaneous matters.
Has represented parties in mediations involving employment discrimination, personal injury, contracts, divorce, custody and wrongful termination. Amounts in dispute have ranged from the lower five figures to seven figures.
Mr. Abramson is primarily a facilitative mediator. Only upon request has he, as a last resort in what would otherwise be a failed mediation, become evaluative if all parties request that he do so. He believes that it is the parties' mediation but it is important that he add value to the process by building on the ideas expressed by the parties and making suggestions of ways in which the matter may be resolved which they have not considered. It is his ultimate goal to assist the parties in achieving resolution, but failing that, it is important that they feel they have fully explored the options and exhausted the possibilities for settlement at the conclusion of the mediation.
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ACE 21 – Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are?, 2021; ACE20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; Arbitrator Performance & Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA Conducting Research & Investigations: The Arbitrator's Authority ACE10, 2017; AAA Protecting Your Award from Appellate Challenge, 2016; Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, How to Avoid an Ethics Complaint as an ADR Neutral, 2017; Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, Mediating the Challenging Employment Law Matter and Tips to be Effective, 2017; AAA Crossing the Line: New Developments in the Law of Arbitral Jurisdiction, 2015; AAA Controlling Chaos in Mediation: Navigating the Behavioral Paradigm, 2014; MSBA ADR Section, Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators, 2014; Conflict Resolution Minnesota, Standing in the Middle of Conflict, 2014; MSBA ADR Section, NEW State Law Arguments … to Invalidate Arbitration Agreements, 2014; Conflict Resolution Minnesota, Building Bridges by Diminishing Conflict, 2013; MSBA ADR Section, Last Chance Mediation, 2013; Minnesota Association for Justice, Keys to Successful No No-Fault Arbitrations, 2013; Mpls. Department of Civil Rights Mediation Training, 2013; AAA Webinar, ADR Leaders Managing Stress, 2013; Minnesota Association for Justice, No-Fault Arbitrations, 2012; MSBA ADR Section, Kentucky Felony Mediation Program: A Model for Mediation of Criminal Cases in Minnesota? 2012; MSBA ADR Section, Arbitration: Have We Lost Its Traditional Benefits? Can We Get them Back? Perspectives on Realizing the Promise of Arbitration, 2011; Minnesota Judicial Branch, Financial Early Neutral Evaluation Training, 2011; Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Keep Your "In-fighting" In-House: Designing Workplace Dispute Resolution Processes, 2011; Minnesota CLE, Mediation & Arbitration Courses, 2010; Minnesota Association for Justice, No-Fault Arbitrations, 2009; Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses, 2009; Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, Mediator Certification and Mediator Codes of Conduct, 2009; AAA Arbitration Awards: No Fault Arbitration Seminar, 2008; Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2008; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2008; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties ACE02, 2006; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, No-Fault Arbitration Seminar, 2006; Minnesota State Bar Association, ADR in Employment Cases, 2006; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, ADR, The Law, The Process, The Practice, 2006; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2005; Hennepin Co. District Court, Arbitrator Training, 2005; Minnesota State Bar Association, Advantages of Arbitrators and Consensual Special Magistrates, 2005; Hennepin County District Court, Early Neutral Evaluation, 2005; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Effectively Handling No-Fault Arbitrations, 2004; AAA Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure ACE03, 2004; Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, Rule 114 - What Do Minnesota Judges Think, 2004; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, No Fault Arbitrator Qualifications, 2003; National Arbitration Forum, Arbitrator Training Course, 2003; Hennepin Co. District Court, Arbitration/Family Settlement Training, 2002; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, ADR Institute, 2000, 1999;
Admitted to the Bar: Minnesota, 1973; U.S. District Court: District of Minnesota, 1973.
Minnesota State Bar Association; Hennepin County Bar Association; Conflict Resolution Minnesota.
University of Minnesota (JD, cum laude-1973; BS, Business/Accounting, with distinction-1969).
$350 Per Hour
United States of America
Minnetonka, MN

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.