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Dave Frankel

Education Attorney at Newtown Square, PA

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This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 17 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 17 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2006
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2006
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dave

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    Frankel & Kershenbaum represents kids and their families to secure the educational services to which they are legally entitled. We support our clients in everything from developing IEP's to representing them at Due Process hearings.

  2. Personal injury
    The personal injury lawyers of Frankel & Kershenbaum are prepared to fight for the rights of injured children and their parents throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We offer zealous representation to families facing the long-term effects of catastrophic childhood injuries, including permanent disability, medical expenses, lifetime care, educational challenges, loss of potential earnings, wrongful death and other hardships.

  3. Communications and media
    As a former reporter, Dave knows how the media works - from the inside! Dave's media background and extensive contacts in newsrooms from coast to coast are invaluable to his clients. When news reporters call them, they call Dave. Dave's unique experience as a lawyer and a former reporter give his clients the edge and insight they need when dealing with the news media. When the courts of law and public opinion collide, Dave's there to counsel his clients and help them tell their stories.

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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Dave Frankel - Attorney
P.O. Box 214
Newtown Square, PA, 19073

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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2011
Recent experience
My experience with Dave Frankel was very helpful, informative and overall positive. It was very evident that Dave's passion is to help families. Dave was genuinely concerned for me and my son. He was honest and up front about challenges or concerns regarding my case. I was always treated with integrity and respect, I highly recommend Dave's legal services.
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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Villanova University School Of Law
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Founding Member
  • Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC
  • 2009 - 2018
  • 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
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Dartmouth College
  • A.B.
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bullying
  • Settled
  • Special Education
  • Both resolved and pending
  • Higher Education
  • Settled and Pending


  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Volunteer
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Radnor Educational Foundation
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Emmy
  • N.A.T.A.S
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • "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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Dave
Education Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
General practice Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I worked closely with Dave when he was at Montgomery McCracken and endore Dave"
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Dave, with whom I worked for two years at Montgomery McCracken on several matters. Dave is a highly-skilled attorney, who represents his clients with great passion. He gains a thorough understanding of the facts and issues at hand, and never loses sight of his clients' needs. His legal analysis is insightful, and his writing is persuasive. Dave also is of the highest integrity. Dave is well-respected in the Philadelphia area, both as an attorney and a person."
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Newtown Square Education Lawyer Dave Frankel
Dave Frankel
Education Attorney
Newtown Square, PA