David Frankel

David Frankel

David Frankel has been a lawyer since 1990 specializing in business law, intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets), start-ups, small business financing, private offerings, contracts, federal ‘Indian’ law, civil and human rights projects, federal administrative, nonprofits, and government licensing proceedings.

In 1989-1990, Mr. Frankel was recruited out of NYU Law School to join the Corporate Law department of what was then a large San Francisco law firm called Pettit & Martin.  Working long hours, he learned the ropes and intricacies of corporations, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, hostile takeovers, private and public offerings, fiduciary and banking law, federal administrative matters, and copyrights, trademarks, and licensing law.  That changed with the experience of surviving the law firm shootings at 101 California Street on July 1, 1993.

After recovering from the shock and trauma of losing friends and colleagues to the mass shooter’s violence, Mr. Frankel changed course and switched to a boutique San Francisco law firm called Stein & Lubin where he practiced business and corporate law.  At the end of the associate track, Mr. Frankel was offered a partnership position but turned it down in order to start his own independent law practice and focus more time on human rights, civil rights and environmental concerns than would be appropriate in a law firm partnership setting.

Since 1998, Mr. Frankel has maintained an independent law firm including a large percentage of pro bono work for the benefit of civil rights organizations, tribal members, community and/or environmental organizations for the benefit of people’s liberty, freedom, civil rights, constitutionally protected rights, and human rights.  In that regard, Mr. Frankel has worked for, with or otherwise assisted many community and nonprofit organizations including Aligning for Responsible Mining, Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (Civic Worldwide), Clean Water Alliance, Hemp Industries Association, Owe Aku International, Votehemp, and Western Nebraska Resources Council.   Such public interest work has taken Mr. Frankel to California, Hawaii, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Washington, Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, including the Occupied Territories often referred to as “Palestine,’ New Zealand, and Jordan.

Mr. Frankel founded his law practice based on a ‘virtual company’ model designed to minimize out of pocket costs and eliminate inefficiencies often found in old fashion ‘brick and mortar’ law practices.  By working with clients closely and efficiently and allowing clients to do as much of their own work as they are comfortable with, Mr. Frankel has been able to deliver complex business legal services on a cost-efficient basis to a variety of clients in diverse industries, including digital media, food, clothing and health products industries, restaurants and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Since 2005, Mr. Frankel has served as an environmental business consultant and as a tribal business consultant, and has participated in economic development projects at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a contract consultant and Aide to Tribal Government of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  In that capacity, Mr. Frankel was the principal draftsman of the Oglala Sioux Tribe business and UCC laws, as well as its due diligence laws from 2006 to the present.

After the 2008 Heller decision by the US Supreme Court (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller), Mr. Frankel focused time and energy in a concerted effort to better understand the nature and extent of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, as protected by the Second Amendment, as a fundamental individual human right.   Mr. Frankel is one of a handful of pro-gun rights survivors of mass shootings, a Lifetime Member of the NRA, a member of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, a member of Gun Owners Association and National Association for Gun Rights, and the South Dakota Gun Collectors Association.

My short story about evolving from a mass shooting survivor, to a gun control activist to a gun rights advocate has been published as an Ebook by the California Rifle and Pistol Association and can be downloaded here:  http://www.crpa.org/coming-to-terms/.

Since 2012, Mr. Frankel has focused some attention on the emerging field of private and commercial use of drones in the United States. Mr. Frankel maintains a free online directory of drone/UAV/UAS lawyers in the US at www.dronelawyer.com.

Mr. Frankel’s professional resume may be viewed here.  Mr. Frankel is authorized to practice law in California and in the federal courts and in federal agencies.  Mr. Frankel associates with local counsels to consult on projects in other states and internationally.

Feel free to contact David Frankel by email at ‘info’ AT ‘thelibertarianlawyer’ DOT ‘com’.





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