Frank Cronin, Esq. brings over 40 years of litigation experience in various types of labor, employment, contract, and class action cases to ADR Services, Inc. As a veteran trial lawyer, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in over 100 jury and bench trials in California, Texas, Oregon, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. He has litigated hundreds of cases in federal and state courts and before governmental enforcement agencies, as well as arguing multiple appellate cases in both federal and state appeals courts.

Since becoming a full-time neutral, Mr. Cronin has mediated and resolved more than 100 cases involving employment law, trade secret disputes, breach of contract, landlord-tenant and consumer issues.  He has also arbitrated over 30 cases through to final award in the areas of wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination (race, national origin, religion, gender, disability and reasonable accommodation), breach of employment contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, wage disputes, commission disputes and related subjects. 

As a recognized leader in the field of employment law, he has been honored by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in the areas of Employment Law and Litigation, Labor Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


  • Wrongful Termination and Whistleblowing
  • Wage & Hour; Class Actions; PAGA
  • Discrimination/ Harassment/ Retaliation
  • FEHA; TITLE VII; ADEA; ADA; California Labor Code
  • Disability Discrimination; Medical Condition; Failure to Accommodate
  • Family Leave, both state and federal
  • Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Litigation
  • Meal/ Rest Periods; Overtime and Off-the-clock; Misclassification
  • Contract Disputes; Commissions; Stock Options; Golden Parachute Issues
  • Collective Bargaining; Labor-management issues
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements


Mediator and Arbitrator      2015 - Present

Partner & Of Counsel, Snell & Wilmer LLC     1996 - 2015

Partner, Jackson Lewis     1979 - 1996

Assistant General Counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund     1976 - 1978

Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division       1971 - 1976

Legal Intern, Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights Under Law      1971


Boston College Law School, J.D.     1971
Managing Editor, Law Review; Legal Aid Bureau; Dean’s Graduation Award

Boston College, Cum Laude, A.B.     1966
English Literature and Philosophy

U.S. Army, Field Service Medical School, Texas     1966



The State Bar of California, 1976

District of Columbia Bar, 1972 (inactive)

Massachusetts, 1971 (inactive)



Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, “Mediating the Litigated Case”     2016

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Mediation Panel      2016

Community Services Programs of Orange County, DRPA Certified Mediator     2015

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Certified Arbitrator      2013

American Arbitration Association, Certified Arbitrator      2012

University of California – Irvine, DRPA Mediation Certification      2007



Best Lawyers in Orange County, “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law      2017

Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law and Employment Litigation     2001 - 2017

Best Lawyers in America, Alternative Dispute Resolution      2015 - 2016

Best Lawyers in Southern California, “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law      2015

Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution      2016 - 2017

Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation      2006 - 2016

19000 MacArthur Boulevard
Suite 550
Irvine, California 92612
Tel. (949) 863-9800

Fax (949) 863-9888


Frank Cronin, Esq.

 Mediator and Arbitrator