Bio

William J. A. Sparks, Esq.

I am an accomplished senior attorney with significant large law firm training before I went in-house. I spent most of the years since I graduated Duke University Law School in 1973 as in-house counsel (OLN: NYSE and GRA: NYSE) managing litigation. I now practice in Garden City as a Mediator and an Arbitrator.

I worked closely with outside counsel in defending cases in areas including products and commercial litigation. In my years at Grace, I had responsibility in litigation in areas of construction, products, property damage, personal injury and toxic torts. I spent years as part of a team of lawyers in our Chapter 11 reorganization (bankruptcy). I also handled other areas including employee matters related to false claims and claims brought by the EEOC.

During my handling of litigation, I developed an approach and use of early evaluation and settlement wherever possible, including mediations. I was an active in settlement negotiations and represented my corporate employer in mandatory settlement conferences, and this involved Mediations as the client.

Since July 2009 I have worked in Garden City and I am a member of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) Mortgage Foreclosure Project. I represent homeowners pro bono in clinics and in mandatory settlement conferences in Nassau County Supreme Court between homeowners and banks. I arbitrate attorney client fee disputes. I am a member of the NCBA panel of Mediators and Arbitrators.  I am on the roster of Mediators for the Supreme Courts, Commercial Division in Nassau County,  Queens County, and New York County. I mediate cases as part of the ENE – Mandatory Mediation program of the Nassau County Supreme Court. I mediate insurance cases as a Mediator on the panel of EDNY mediators to resolve Superstorm Sandy cases (insurance coverage).

I am admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I am active in organizations including the New York State Bar Association, (ADR and Commercial/Federal Litigation Sections); New Jersey State Bar Association; the Florida Bar Association; IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel); and the New York City Bar (ADR Committee). In the NCBA, I am currently the co-chair of the ADR Committee and a member of the Commercial Litigation Committee.

If your goal is to explore effective alternatives to resolving disputes, contact me by phone at 516.240.8077 or by email at wjasparks@optonline.net. You can check my availability by looking at my on-line calendar.