James E. Frankel


Jamie Frankel advises owners, architects, engineers, and construction companies on projects and transactions related to the built environment. Jamie counsels on project structuring, transactional documentation, and dispute resolution. He brings a multidisciplinary background and creative problem-solving skills to every client matter. Jamie also offers intermediary and business advisory services. He created the Curtin Wall Risk Management Program (CWRM) in 2014 to address the risks associated with innovative, high-performance façade systems.

Previously, Jamie founded a construction industry practice group within a major national law firm. He was also an assistant attorney general in the Claims and Litigation Bureau for New York State. In that role, he defended state agencies engaged in developing highways, buildings, and other infrastructure projects. Jamie also served as general counsel of AIA-New York for 14 years.


Government Experience

  • Assistant attorney general, New York State

Representative Matters

  • Advised on major transportation infrastructure projects, like the Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, and the finance, design, build, and own of rail facilities in the Middle East
  • Developed the Failure and Collapse Program to address major construction collapse; applied this program to the Schoharie Bridge collapse on the New York State Thruway, the John Hancock building in Boston, and the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center building in New York City
  • Counseled on projects such as New York's Grand Central Station, the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, the Miami International Airport, and Miami's American Airlines Arena, as well as on other major international facilities
  • Assisted clients in the export of American construction and design work on projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East
  • Created the Project Finance Program, designed to provide financing alternatives for social infrastructure projects like hospitals and educational facilities; the program supports host organizations as well as the architect, engineering, and construction community




  • J.D. Albany Law School 1973
  • B.B.A. Ohio University 1968

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Construction Engineering Management Advisory Board, Russ College of Engineering and Technology


  • Chambers & Partners, 2015-2016
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro, 2015, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbard, Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent, 1993


Personal Activities

  • Board member, Salvadori Center
  • Board member, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation