Frank J. Vavonese

Frank J. Vavonese
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Phone: (315) 422-1311
Fax: (315) 479-7612
Email: [email protected]

Frank R. Vavonese Retired from Melvin & Melvin in 2017.

Prior to joining Melvin & Melvin, PLLC, in 2006, Mr. Vavonese was with the Vavonese Law Firm, PLLC, a general practice firm with a concentration in domestic relations. Mr. Vavonese has broad experience in “people-based” practice serving the legal needs of individuals, families, and small businesses. This experience has helped him gain the expertise to meet the day-to-day challenges that businesses and institutional-based practices might choose to avoid. His over thirty-one years of practice has provided Mr. Vavonese with the necessary knowledge of the law and system to advocate effectively for the “little guy.”


  • Boston College (J.D., 1974)
  • Canisius College (B.A., 1971)


  • 1982, United States Supreme Court
  • 1975, New York
  • 1975, United States District Court, Northern District of New York

Honors and Affiliations

Onondaga County Bar Association

  • Family Law Section

Community Organizations

  • Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association
  • Canisius College Alumni Association of Central New York
  • Canisius College Board of Regents “Emeritus”
  • Italian American Athletic Club

Prior Work Experience

  • Vavonese Law Office, PLLC