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Dave Frankel, Founding Member

 

An Emmy Award-winning former weatherman, news anchor and investigative reporter, Dave Frankel turned his attention to law after enjoying a broadcast news career that spanned more than 25 years. While he began his legal career representing broadcasters and other creative professionals as an attorney with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP in Philadelphia, Dave's dedication to the needs of children and families led to the launch of Frankel & Kershenbaum in 2009. While continuing to represent members of the media, Dave spends much of his time advising his clients on special education issues, bullying and civil rights.

Dave’s special needs education work includes legal counseling and representation for children and their parents, federal and state litigation, due process hearings, discipline matters and a wide range of related legal needs. Dave also represents college students and graduate students in education disputes and discipline matters.  Dave is passionate about protecting the Constitutional rights of children when they are faced with bullying, racial, sexual, religious or other discrimination, disabilities, First Amendment violations or other civil rights infringements. 

Dave has served as an adjunct professor of contract drafting at Villanova University School of Law and on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Not surprisingly, his passion for public service focuses on education and the needs of children: he is actively involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and serves as the host for Alex’s Original Lemonade Stand each June.  Dave currently serves on the board of the EASI Foundation – Ending Aggression and Self Injury in the Developmentally Disabled.  Dave helped establish the Magnolia School for Autistic Children, and also served on the boards of directors of Leadership Philadelphia and the Radnor Educational Foundation.
   
Dave is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 he was recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. Dave lives in Delaware County with his wife, Marjie.  They have three children.

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2006
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1979

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2006
  • United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • United States District Court of New Jersey, 2006
  • United States District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2011

Experience

  • Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC, Founding Member, 2009-Present
  • Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 2006-2009
  • ESPN, Freelance Reporter, 2005-2006
  • CBS-3, News Anchor, 1997-2001
  • 6-ABC, Weather Anchor, 1989-1997
  • 6-ABC, Investigative Reporter, 1984-1989
  • WSVN-TV Miami, News Reporter, 1982-1984

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2006-Present

Honors

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Thomson Reuters published annually in Philadelphia Magazine, 2010 - 2014
  • Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly® Weatherman, 1990
  • Emmy® Awards for Reporting and Writing, 1984

Publications

  • “2010 Special Needs Law Update,” MetroKids, January 2011
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Phone: 610-922-4200
Email: Dave@MyKidsLawyer.com
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