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 in Philadelphia, Dave’s dedication to the needs of children and their 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, civil rights, LGBT matters and personal injury.
Dave’s special needs education work includes legal counseling and representation for parents, federal and state litigation, due process hearings, discipline matters and a wide range of related legal needs. His children-centered personal injury practice is designed to protect kids who suffer birth injuries, school and playground injuries, injuries caused by restraint devices, assaults, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, sexual assault and head injuries. Dave is also 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. Similarly, he handles LGBT-related matters, including harassment and discrimination, for children and adults.
Dave has served as an adjunct professor of contract drafting at Villanova University School of Law and currently sits 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 a spokesman for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and serves as the host for Alex’s Original Lemonade Stand each June and the auctioneer for the Lemon Ball in January. Dave helped establish the Magnolia School for Autistic Children, and served on the boards of directors of Leadership Philadelphia and the Radnor Educational Foundation.
As a broadcast news professional, Dave was a well-known investigative reporter, weatherman and news anchor. He is perhaps best known as Philadelphia’s CBS-3 News Anchor and 6-ABC’s weather anchor.
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 and 2011, 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.
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Over the years Dave has not only been a worthy adversary but also an excellent source of legal knowledge. He is a refined and skilled attorney with the unique ability to be friendly, caring and genuine, while remaining a stern and vigorous advocate for his clients. Dave is a respected member of his community, a credit to the legal profession and a person I am always proud to call a friend.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Founding Member||Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC||2009 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Villanova University School Of Law||2010 - 2010|
|Litigation Attorney||Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP||2006 - 2009|
|Freelance Reporter||ESPN||2005 - 2006|
|News Anchor||CBS-3||1997 - 2001|
|Weather Anchor & Investigative Reporter||6-ABC||1984 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|EASI Foundation||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation||Volunteer||2002 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2006 - 2010|
|Radnor Educational Foundation||Former Board of Directors||2002 - 2005|
|Special Education||Both resolved and pending|
|Higher Education||Settled and Pending|
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|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|"Straight Talk" with Nick Lawrence||Special Education Law...A Child's Rights||2015|
|National Conference, Miami, FL||Full Day Training on School Bullying||2012|
|40th Education Law Conference||Social Media Use in Special Education||2012|
|Bullying CLE - Public Policy Panel||Bullying||2011|
|Representing Talent in Television and Media||How To Be An Agent||2008|
|Attorneys & Reporters - Ethical and Effective Communications||Law and the Media||2007|