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Frank A. Natoli

Business Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   86 reviews
  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 5 years
    New York - NY 16 years
    New Jersey - NJ 16 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    We offer flat-rate legal services in the areas of business law to entrepreneurs, small-to-medium businesses, independent inventors and artists. Because the nature of our entrepreneurial practice is transactional, we serve clients across the nation and well over 30 countries abroad. Business Formation General Corp Matters Disputes Legal Research and more

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    We offer flat-rate legal services in the areas of business law to entrepreneurs, small-to-medium businesses, independent inventors and artists. Because the nature of our entrepreneurial practice is transactional, we serve clients across the nation and well over 30 countries abroad. All Manner of Business Agreements IP/EULA License Agreements Joint Ventures/Strategic Alliance Partnership/Operating/Shareholder Independent Contractor/Work-for-Hire and more

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Intellectual property
    25%
    We offer flat-rate legal services in the areas of Intellectual Property to entrepreneurs, small-to-medium businesses, independent inventors and artists. Because the nature of our entrepreneurial practice is transactional, we serve clients across the nation and well over 30 countries abroad. Trademark Filing & Due Diligence Trademark Infringement Copyright/DMCA/Internet Patent

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Internet
    25%

Beyond his position as Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Natoli-Legal, LLC (formally Natoli-Lapin, LLC) Mr. Natoli has an extensive background creating enterprise as a small business and international entrepreneur. In 1995, he began a start-up trading company based in both New York and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and was one of the first independent US concerns engaged in commercial trade in that country after many years of restrictions.

Mr. Natoli went on to establish a successful wholesale liquidator & import/export company, and has created and operated an array of small businesses throughout his tenure across a broad spectrum of industries.

 

Mr. Natoli also spent two years with The Economist Newspaper Group, Inc. in their New York office serving as a Programme Director. He was responsible for crafting and facilitating high-caliber think-tank roundtable events for the editorial staff. These roundtable gatherings covered geo-political and industry specific subjects and hosted Global 100 executives, government officials and thought leaders on topics such as Corporate Governance, Energy, Airline and Automotive Industries, Human Resources, Latin America and more.

After experiencing legal practice working primarily on corporate transactions with a large international law firm, Mr. Natoli decided to focus his legal career on the area he has the greatest passion for: Small Business Entrepreneurship.


Mr. Natoli graduated Columbia University, NY, cum laude, with a BA degree in Political Science focusing on International Relations, and he received his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, DC, which boasts one of the most respected progams in the United States in the area of Intellectual Property Law.

 

He is an active member of the American Bar Association's Business Law & Practice Section and a Committee Member of the Middle Market & Small Business Group and Venture Capital & Private Equity Groups. He also serves as an ABA Panel Advisor. Mr. Natoli is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey and participates regularly in speaking engagements on the subject of small business and entrepreneurship.

 

As an aside, Mr. Natoli spent many years as a professional actor in New York City and is still a member of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). He is also an accomplished classical and jazz pianist and composer, and a writer of fiction and poetry.

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Location

Natoli-Legal, LLC
305 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY, 10007

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  86 customer reviews
Posted by Aaron | May 7, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful!
I called Frank and he helped me understand how to handle a DMCA takedown notice request that I received. Frank was highly knowledgeable and helped set my mind at ease regarding my situation.
Response from Frank Natoli May 8, 2024
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Louis | April 10, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional lawyer
I had a consultation with Frank and was very impressed with his knowledge and detailed explanation of the law. He is an excellent communicator, generous with his time and you can tell he truly loves to help people get the best result they can. He was patient and I felt he actually cared about my concerns. I highly recommend Frank to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Response from Frank Natoli April 11, 2024
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Yvonne | February 14, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly knowledgeable
Franks is incredibly knowledgeable! He was willing to explain in simple terms what felt like a very confusing situation for me. I am not at all versed in the subject of law but he was willing to take the time to break down my complicated/complex situation and make everything click for me. His expertise left me at ease in a situation that I was losing sleep over. I would HIGHLY recommend him.
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Response from Frank Natoli February 14, 2024
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Beatriz | October 27, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer you can get!
I was dealing with a very stressful situation and could not find an answer to my question but Frank was able to put my mind at ease. He was so kind and explained everything in a way I could understand. He deserves more than five stars!
Response from Frank Natoli October 28, 2023
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Ray | January 2, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Intelectual Property
I called frank regarding an issue about my business that has been keeping me up at night. I have never spoken to a lawyer before, and I honestly felt relieved after speaking to him. Frank was very informative and listen carefully to my issue. He is a expert in this field and gave me some advice on what could happen in the future and what I should do to protect myself. Frank was respectful and made sure we went over every question I had. If I ever run into any legal problems, frank will def be my first stop.
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Response from Frank Natoli January 3, 2023
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful, with a great knowledge
I called Frank regarding a few legal questions about creating a clothing brand. He anwsered right away, giving me a lot of useful and understandable information, and even explained to me other risks that i may meet on my way to a buisness. He also appeared very honest, and would not give any anwser until he knew that we were on the same page, which gives the customer a safety by knowing that he cares about you, and your situation. I would highly recommend calling Frank!
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Response from Frank Natoli August 4, 2022
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Tony | May 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unbelievably Helpful
He gave me a perfect, simple response to a question, nicely gave me the proper resources to contact him for a more specific answer, and took the time to answer all my questions thoroughly. I was blown away with how helpful he was and would definitely hire him ASAP if I ever needed to.
Response from Frank Natoli June 1, 2022
Thank you for your kind words...
Posted by Derek | March 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Love the call with Frank
Frank is a really nice lawyer and super friendly. Have given me a tons of advice that is useful for my business. The best lawyer i ever met.
Response from Frank Natoli March 10, 2022
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by uba | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straightforward, honest, generous, knowledgeable, fair - highly recommend
Frank originally answered a question for me on Avvo in June 2020. 5 lawyers answered, his answer was the clearest and most informative. Following his answer, I called him for a free half hour consultation. He was incredible. He did not use it as a means to rope me in. He just answered all my questions. He was extremely generous with his time. In February, 2021, I called him for some contract help. I hired him at his rate and again, he was incredible. He does not waste a single word. If you ask a question, you get a straight answer. If you say something unclear, he picks up on it and corrects it. I highly recommend him. Believe every positive review; it is not exaggerated. I can only apologise that it has taken me so long to write such a very well deserved review.
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Response from Frank Natoli May 17, 2021
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Philip | April 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sharp, personable, thorough, and helpful
Frank responded to a query that I had posted on a legal website. I had questions about licensing and copyright issues for a new business operating in a niche segment. Frank’s answer was detailed and he provided valuable suggestions in his response. I decided to take him up on his offer of a free consultation. Frank was very engaging and approachable when I called him. He had me give him a summary of the business so that I could fill him in on additional details. Frank’s responses showed me that he was well informed about my areas of concern. Frank walked me through different scenarios and suggested a single, efficient solution that could solve most of my problems and make life simple. Moreover, he was direct about how I could take care of some additional issues without him and save myself attorney fees. Frank’s half-hour consultation was well worth my time and I strongly recommend him.
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Response from Frank Natoli April 26, 2021
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Amy | March 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Wealth of Knowledge!
Frank took the time to listen and truly understand my concerns about trademark infringement. He offered advice and helped me work through the issues at hand. I would 100% recommend reaching out to him for any legal advice or counsel. Thank you Frank!!
Response from Frank Natoli March 30, 2021
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
Very helpful and answered my questions thoroughly and well! I appreciate it!
Response from Frank Natoli March 4, 2021
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Bruno | November 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very honest
I'll like to say that Frank was very honest on his opinion on a trademark infringement case i had. He was very helpful, and explained everything very detailed. I would honestly hire Frank if i ever had another issue to be solved.
Response from Frank Natoli December 1, 2020
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Jennifer | November 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Detailed and Helpful
Frank provided a clear and detailed outline for me to follow to resolve my IP issues. Very helpful!! Thanks! :)
Response from Frank Natoli November 11, 2020
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Courteous, Patient, and knowledgable
I had a chance to connect with Frank to discuss contract/IP licensing needs. He took the time to make sure he understood my specific questions and the nuances present, and gave his informed legal opinion. I would be more than happy to talk to Frank again if the need arises!
Response from Frank Natoli September 21, 2020
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Joshua | September 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Frank is Fantastic!
I consulted with frank about problems my company was having with competitors stealing our clothing and apparel design ideas. He responded quickly and was gracious enough to give a considerable amount of his time to help me understand the ins and outs of copyright and trademark law as it pertained to my situation. He was extremely knowledgeable and did a terrific job putting things into terms I could easily understand. I would highly recommend reaching out to him if you need legal advice or representation.
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Response from Frank Natoli September 15, 2020
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Posted by Emil | April 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Frank was Extremely Sharp and Efficient
Frank helped me get out of a bad business partnership safely. Within just the first consultation, he efficiently laid bare all my legal options, answered all my questions in a way I could understand and assisted in making plans for how to proceed, with utmost care for my interests. His expertise and professionalism beyond what anyone could reasonably expect, helped me feel in control of a situation that had caused me a lot of stress. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Response from Frank Natoli April 16, 2020
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Posted by Frank | January 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly the best
Frank is truly the best, he helped me out tremendously with a blackmail copyright infringement, he took his time, explained everything. In the end, he was so great that I wanted to pay him more, a true professional.
Response from Frank Natoli January 29, 2020
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Vasiliy | December 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
After trying to research my questions about trademark law, I consulted with Mr. Natoli. He answered my questions and gave me peace of mind about the course of action needed. I highly recommend him
Response from Frank Natoli December 27, 2019
Thank you for your kind words!
Posted by Neel | November 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Copyright Infringement Help
It was a pleasantly surprising experience with Mr. Frank. We had some issues related to copyright infringement case (more like blackmail) and Mr. Frank was very kind to offer his knowledgeable advice and helpful information and even suggestion on how to proceed related to our situation - which was very reassuring. And all this he did for no cost! If we ever need an attorney's services in future, we would not hesitate to use his services and would definitely recommend to others. Thanks.
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Response from Frank Natoli November 21, 2019
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder; Attorney at Law
  • Natoli-Legal, LLC (formally Natoli-Lapin)
  • 2007 - Present
  • Program Director
  • The Economist Group, Inc.
  • 2002 - 2004

Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Columbia University, NY, NY.
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • USPTO Refusal to Register (Office Actions)
  • USPTO examiner reconsideration and registration approval.
  • Breach of Contract Case Analysis and Action
  • Civil action brought on behalf of client for injunctive and monetary relief. Defendant filed for bankruptcy soon after institution of action.
  • Trademark Dispute with Apple, Inc.
  • Settlement in which client’s description was minimally amended and Apple, Inc. agreed to abandon its opposition and allow registration. Client’s trademarks are now registered.
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Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property and Business Law Committee Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Panel Advisor; Committee Member
  • 2005 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access (Meritorious Recognition)
  • American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
  • 2012

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • NYU Law School
  • Starting a Legal Practice
  • 2011
  • SCORE Counselors Conference
  • Advising the Entrepreneur
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (99)
Given (95)
Endorse Frank
Internet Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Natoli is held in high esteem by both his clients and his peers. He has the legal expertise and experience to do a great job as your attorney. I highly recommend this attorney and his services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Natoli is an outstanding attorney. He is both exceptionally experienced and a zealous advocate for his clients; an absolute credit to the legal profession."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Natoli is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need. He is also an asset to the Avvo Community, providing invaluable resources to those seeking help."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Natoli is everything a modern business lawyer should be. He actually thinks about appropriate engagement agreements for his nascent business clients. He understands that simply "billing by the pound" is a moribund approach and adapts his practice to the concept that the most valuable "property" is not tangible but conceptual. A lot of "transactional" lawyers could learn a lot watching how he operates. I'm an "old dog" but I learn "new tricks" watching Mr. Natoli."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Business Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is an attorney who takes the time to care about clients and answer questions with patience and knowledge."
Business Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Business Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This attorney provides sound legal advice throughout the AVVO legal community."
Business Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Natoli is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Frank Natoli is a powerful advocate for his clients. He is always prepared and very successful in the courtroom. The client who trusts his case to Justin makes a wise decision, and I highly recommend his work."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Frank Natoli knows the law extremely well and cares about making sure people understand their rights and obligations. Anyone needing assistance with an intellectual property law legal matter would be well served to contact him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Frank A. Natoli has an exceptional reputation and is a credit to the legal community. If you have a intellectual property law problem, he is your answer. If his office is anywhere near you, I recommend him to you."
Business Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Natoli is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, he is bound to invest his time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Business Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Natoli. I have viewed his responses and advice that he has offered on a wide range of topics and have found it on point and insightful."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow Intellectual Property practitioner, I am consistently impressed by the knowledge and mastery in this area that Attorney Natoli showcases in his answers over Avvo. Mr. Natoli takes the time to carefully and fully answer inquiries and in doing so has earned my full endorsement."
Internet Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Natoli is a frequent contributor on Avvo with whom I regularly agree. His answers are thoughtful, thorough, and candid. He seems well versed in a variety of business and IP-related subject, and appears to take great care to address all of the possible issues that can arise out of a particular course of action. In short, I am happy to endorse Mr. Natoli in the areas of business and intellectual property."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Natoli takes a lot of time to answer questions on the Avvo forum in a meticulous and sound manner. His responses are always great, informative, and to the point."
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