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Frank A. Natoli

also known as Natoli-Lapin, LLC, Lantern Legal Services

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Beyond his position as Founder & Chief Executive Officer of 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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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 25%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Contracts: 25%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Business: 25%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Internet: 25%



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  • Peggy M. Raddatz

    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.


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  • Mark Michael Campanella

    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.


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Contact info

Natoli-Lapin, LLC

380 Lexington Avenue, 17th FL.
New York, NY, 10168


NYCurrently registered 200807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top ContributorAVVO2014
Avvo Top ContributorAVVO2013
Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access (Meritorious Recognition)American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & CEO; Attorney at LawNatoli-Lapin, LLC2007 - Present
Program DirectorThe Economist Group, Inc.2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationIntellectual Property and Business Law Committee Member2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationABA Panel Advisor; Committee Member2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Publishing Company PartnershipNegotiated terms of investment and partnership; drafted comprehensive operating agreement reflecting the parties’ intent and reorganized company’s structure in light of agreed upon terms.
Investment in High-End RestaurantAmendment to operating agreement terms for the protection of client’s investment in the restaurant.
Trademark Dispute with Time, Inc.Settlement in which Time, Inc. agreed to compensate client for cost of rebranding.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Columbia UniversityPolitical Science - International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYU Law SchoolStarting a Legal Practice2011
SCORE Counselors ConferenceAdvising the Entrepreneur2010