Speiser Krause was founded in New York over fifty years ago by
Stuart Speiser, one of the nation's first attorneys to specialize in the
field of aviation litigation. In 1955 our firm earned the prestigious "AV"
rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction it has retained ever since.
Speiser, Krause, Nolan & Granito mourns the loss of Frank H. Granito, Jr., who passed away on February 27, 2013, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Frank joined Speiser Krause on February 1, 1967, after serving his country as a naval aviator, and was involved in virtually every mass air disaster litigation of the next 50 years, litigating for the past 25 years with his son and partner, Frank III. He believed his representation of the families of air disasters was an honor and privilege, an outlook that was evident in all aspects of his practice. Frank was a brilliant attorney and pioneer of plaintiffs’ aviation law, but most importantly he was our colleague, mentor and friend. He is survived by his wife, Betty, their children and grandchildren.
Frank H. Granito, Jr. of Stamford, CT died suddenly on February 27, 2013 at the age of 81. Affectionately known as Ditto, he was born August 8, 1931 in New York City to Dr. Frank and Nora Granito. Frank grew up happily in the Bronx and attended Cardinal Hayes High School (where he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004), the University of Chicago, Fairfield University and St. John’s Law School. During the 1950’s and 60’s, Frank served as a Naval Aviator with the Pacific Fleet and with the Naval Reserve, flying a variety of fighter and attack aircraft. A renowned aviation law specialist, Frank spent the past 46 years with his firm, Speiser, Krause, Nolan & Granito and for the past 25 years practiced law with his son Frank. He was a mentor to many. As an active trial lawyer representing families of aviation disasters, Frank was involved in nearly every major aviation case of the past 50 years. Notably, among the cases Frank participated in were the following air disaster litigations: Mohawk Airlines, Rochester (1963); United Airlines, Parrotsville (1964); Canadian Pacific Airways, Tokyo (1966); Overseas National Airways, St. Croix (1970); TWA 707, Ionian Sea (1974); Eastern Airlines Flight 66, JFK (1975 ); Texasgulf Aviation (1981); Spantax DC-10, Spain (1982); LOT Polish Airlines, Warsaw (1987); Pan Am Flight 103 (1988); Avianca Flight 052 (1990); Action Air B-99, Bridgeport (1994); USAir DC-9, Charlotte (1994); USAF CT-43, Croatia (1996); TWA Flight 800 (1996); Swissair Flight 111 (1998); Egyptair Flight 990 (1999); AA Flight 587 (2001) and the litigation arising from the 9/11 tragedy. Frank was instrumental in continuing the fight of the Pan Am 103 families in holding Libya accountable for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The historic settlement resulted in compensation for the Pan Am 103 families and the framework for renewed diplomatic relations between Libya and the United States. Frank and his colleagues who negotiated the settlement with Libya were awarded the 2009 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Frank was an adjunct professor of aviation law at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a frequent lecturer at Fordham and St. John’s Law Schools. He lectured and wrote extensively about aviation, choice of law and trial practice. His expertise was renown. When he wasn’t at work, he was most times painting or attending to his memoirs, with a keen ability to recall events of many decades ago with mystifying detail. Extremely proud of his Bronx roots, Frank maintained lifelong friendships with his pals from Clason Point, Cardinal Hayes and St. John’s. Equally proud of his service to our country, he held annual reunions with his squadron mates. And his cadre of warhorse aviation lawyers, the Sunshine Boys, held monthly "lunch meetings" to reminisce of days gone by. Frank was a devout Catholic and a person who quietly but generously supported those many causes near and dear to his heart. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, especially his wonderful grandchildren of whom he was so proud, and his beautiful bride whom he cherished so dearly.
Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Altieri. He was the proud father of Catherine and Tim Langan, Frank III and Monica, Nora and Dan Harris and John and Luci. Frank was blessed with 16 grandchildren: Timmy, Matty, Mark and John Langan, Frank IV, Jimmy Joe, Jake, Catherine and Gunnar Granito, Cathleen, Will, Peter and Charlie Harris, John and Julia Granito. Frank was predeceased by his grandson Luke Langan. Brother of Nora (Cass) Chomicz, Gennaro (Maureen), Eileen (Andy) Simons, Sheila (Don) Dunphy. Predeceased by his sister Margaret Rose and brother John Teeple. Brother-in-law of Richard (Sharon) Altieri, Jimmy (Geri) Altieri and Johnny (Kathleen) Altieri, and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church located at 24 Roxbury Rd., Stamford, CT 06902. A private interment will be held on Tuesday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Betty and Frank Granito Scholarship Fund at Cardinal Hayes High School, 650 Grand Concourse, Bronx 10451.
A Streetwise Guide to Litigation
Kenneth P. Nolan
Published by the American Bar Association, 2013
Ken Nolan’s book has just been published by the ABA. It is a compilation of articles on the art of litigation: getting business, taking depositions, jury selection, trying a case, and all aspects of handling a legal matter from beginning to end. The book contains practical advice for the young (and old) lawyer in every phase of a lawsuit. In interesting, well-written prose, Ken provides a common sense approach to the practice of law. It’s a book full of helpful suggestions on how to be a successful and winning attorney.
It can be purchased from the American Bar Association, Publication Orders, PO Box 10892, Chicago, IL 60610-0892. Fax is 312 988 5568. Phone is 800 285 2221.
- Ken Nolan has been named one of the 2012 Top Rated Lawyers in International Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
- In November 2012, Ken Nolan has been named one of the New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
- Ken Nolan was named once again by Irish America magazine to the "Irish Legal 100." This is a list of the top 100 Irish-American lawyers in the United States. Among other honorees are Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court. This is the fifth consecutive year that Ken has received this accolade.
- Ken Nolan was named a Super Lawyer for 2010 and again in 2011. This prestigious award means that he is at the pinnacle of his profession. This honor was bestowed on him by other attorneys, many of them his adversaries.
- Ken Nolan was named once again by Irish America magazine to the "Irish Legal 100." This is a list of the top 100 Irish-American lawyers in the United States. Among other honorees are Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court. This is the fourth consecutive year that Ken has received this accolade.
- Ken Nolan has been elected to the Board of Directors of HeartShare Human Services of New York, a nonprofit community-based organization which serves 20,000 New Yorkers annually at more than 60 program locations. HeartShare provides services for the developmentally disabled, for families in crisis, and for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
- Ken and Nancy Nolan were awarded the Parent Volunteer Award by Boston College’s President, Father William P. Leahy, S.J. Ken and Nancy completed three years as co-chairs of the Parents’ Leadership Council at BC. The Council works closely with the Boston College administration to enhance students’ education and sense of community at the university located at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
- Frank H. Granito, Jr. and Frank H. Granito, III Named Trial Lawyers of the Year
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