David Frankel

Curriculum Vitae

David Cory Frankel, Esq.

Business Consulting & Economic Development
Serves You Right, Inc.
1430 Haines Avenue, #108-372
Rapid City, SD 57701

David Frankel has 25 years’ professional experience as a multi-disciplinary business attorney, consultant, owner, director, partner and part-time professor, nonprofit director and aide to tribal government, working in various fields including digital media, agriculture and rural economic development.


US Federal:  US Nuclear Regulatory Administrative Litigation; Federal District & Appellate Litigation; US Trademarks; US Copyrights; Federal Administrative Law

Estate Planning.  Wills; Family Trusts; Powers of Attorney; Living Wills

Corporate Counsel: Business and Employment Law; Litigation Management

Transactional: Startups; Securities Law; Financings; Structuring; Mergers/Acquisitions; LLCs; Partnerships; Closely Held & Family Businesses

Intellectual Property: Copyright, Trademark; Digital Media Law and Licensing

Mediation:Marital Settlements; Business Dispute Resolution; Redwood Forest Dispute

US Courts: US Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal; US District Courts; California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal

Tribal GovernmentTribal Business Consultant, Attorney; Aide to Tribal Government; drafted/implemented Business Codes/UCC; conducted trainings for Tribal Council, Revenue Office, Local/Tribal Business Owners, Lenders, Attorneys and Judges; represented Tribe in Nation-to-State negotiations and execution of Memorandum of Understanding concerning UCC Filings.

BarsCA State Bar 1990-Present

LAW FIRMS – 1990 to Present

Sole Practitioner Business Attorney and Contract General Counsel. Founded law practice.  Represent individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, tribes, community and nonprofit groups, in startups, LLCs, partnerships, corporations, licensing, contracts, negotiations, venture capital, financing transactions, regulatory compliance, litigation management and dispute resolution in various fields including drones, digital media, food, clothing and health products industries, restaurants, agricultural and rural economic development, indigenous rights, Indian law and nuclear regulatory litigation.  Research, analysis and blogging concerning the emerging field of drones/UAS/UAV/robotics.

May 1994 to December 1997

Stein & Lubin LLP, San Francisco, CA
Business Attorney.  Counsel to entrepreneurs and companies regarding business and deal structuring and closing, partnership and LLC law, securities and tax law, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and venture capital, commercial (UCC) law, and intellectual property protection (copyrights, trademarks, domain names and trade secrets) and licensing (e.g., software, multimedia, film).

October 1990 to April 1994

Pettit & Martin, San Francisco, CA
Corporate Lawyer.  Business and deal structuring and closing, securities, bank regulatory and intellectual property.  Work included hostile bank takeover, $5mm asset securitization, $25mm biotech public offering and real estate company restructuring.  Lead attorney on international trademark registration program, and various private offerings, venture capital and financing transactions.



December 2015 to present

TheLibertarianLawyer.com.  Founded website to promote law practice and libertarianism.

December 2014 to present
CEO/Director.  Founded website to take advantage of new opportunities in connection with commercial use of drones in the US.

January 2006 to 2008

Realty Fund ManagerCo-founded sustainable real estate fund to invest in sustainable family communities.  Developed and sold a 3 acre project on Big Island of Hawaii.

February 2004 to 2008

Technologies Investment ManagerCo-founded company to invest in and promote sustainable technology, practices and land use.  Investments included agricultural land in Hawaii and secured loans to a Maui-based bamboo importer, marketing and sales company.
August 1999 to 2005

Carbon Trading Co. President and General Counsel.  Co-founded company to develop and exploit carbon sequestration, marketing, consulting and trading opportunities under the Kyoto Protocol.  Consultant to largest landowner in California concerning on 325 acre sustainable forestry and carbon sequestration pilot project.  Landowner later expanded project to encompass landholdings and set the standards for California state carbon trading.

January 1997 to December 2005

Environmental Investment Co. General Counsel and Partner. Structured and counseled sustainable development and investment company which invested several million dollars in research and early stage companies to stimulate rural economic development and sustainable agricultural technologies in the United States, Canada and at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Non wood pulp and paper; industrial hemp agriculture and processing; and waste treatment technology.

March 2002 to December 2003

Digital Media Co. General Counsel and Director.  Structured and counseled digital media company which was sold to to large internet company for several million dollars.

November 1993 to December 1996

Entertainment Co. Partner and General Counsel.  Co-founded film     production company.  Produced independent films and a music video.  Financed early films of Salvador Litvak, a Los Angeles based independent filmmaker.



January 2000 to December 2003

Digital Media College Professor:  Business and Law of Media.  Taught 30 hour course to explain law and business to “layperson” candidates for bachelor’s degrees in digital media arts (video, sound and websites).  Developed curriculum which covered: the Constitution; legal and judicial system; role of lawyers and attorney-client privilege; business organizations; financial statements; taxes; copyrights; trademarks; contracts; torts; publicity rights and new media law, licensing; business and media deals.



June 2007 to Present

Responsible Mining NGO Legal Director.  NGO works with tribal, nonprofit and community groups to oppose uranium mining in and near the Black Hills of South Dakota and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Federal administrative litigation in Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing proceedings.

October 2002 to 2007

Innocent Victims NGO President, General Counsel and Director.   NGO helps innocent noncombatants and their families who are injured or killed in Afghanistan and Iraq to obtain medical care and compensation. Served as President to accomplish smooth transition during 2005 after founder (client and friend) was killed doing humanitarian work in Baghdad.  Crisis management; Coalesced Board of Directors; managed hiring of new Executive Director and Associate Director, public relations and grant acquisitions.

June 2004

Middle East Peace Mission, Travel Crew Member.  Accompanied musician/filmmaker on 10 day trip to West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Israel, as legal and security support on documentary film project.



New York University School of Law, New York, NY, J.D. 1990

Amherst College, Amherst, MA, B.A. 1987
Double major in English and Political Science (cum laude honors thesis: The Influence of Socratic and Christian Thought on Civil Disobedience).





1430 Haines Ave
Ste:108 #372
Rapid City, SD 57701

My Latest Blog

Why Shooting a Drone is NOT a Federal Crime Under 18 USC 32

May 13, 2017

Click Here To Watch Video In this recent interview on AV News, I explain that contrary to FAA statements and popular belief, it is not a federal crime to shoot down a drone under 18 USC 32. See arstec ...

Click here to