James E. Frankel

James Frankel

Jamie Frankel provides creative, efficient, and team-focused solutions to owners, architects, engineers, construction companies, and joint ventures on projects and transactions related to the built environment throughout the United States and abroad. He utilizes his team-building skills by counseling on project structuring, transactional documentation, and dispute resolution, bringing his multidisciplinary background and creative problem-solving skills to those client matters calling for efficient solutions.

Jamie also offers intermediary and business advisory services to support his Merger and Acquisition Program within the built environment, representing buyers as well as sellers in the private equity community.

Jamie builds products to tackle issues focused on certain building and/or building component systems. Inside of Venable’s Curtain Wall Risk Management Program (CWRM), he addresses the risks associated with innovative, high-performance façade systems for owners, designers, and curtain wall manufacturers. He and the curtain wall team provide this industry-leading guidance which includes contract formation, contract administration and dispute avoidance / resolution.

Jamie developed a Building Failure and Collapse practice calling upon his 25 years of litigation experience in this space. Notable projects include pre-engineered buildings throughout the United States, the John Hancock Building in Boston, the NYS Thruway Authority’s Schoharie Bridge Collapse, as well as the representation of the City of New York on the tragic collapse of 7 World Trade Center.

Jamie also has experience at the intersection of the technology and the senior housing/memory care industry, where he represents one of the largest U.S. REITs in this space.

Jamie started his career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Claims and Litigation Bureau for the State of New York , where he litigated on behalf of and defended state agencies engaged in the development of highways, buildings, and other infrastructure projects.


Representative Matters

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Advised on major international transportation infrastructure project, such as Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, and the finance, design, build, and own of rail facilities in the Middle East
  • Counseled on important transportation projects in the United States, including New York City’s Grand Central Station and Miami International Airport

Social and Cultural Infrastructure

  • Created a Project Finance Program, designed to provide financing alternatives for social infrastructure projects, including hospitals and educational facilities; the program supports host organizations as well as the architect, engineering, and construction communities
  • Led the procurement process for the design and construction of a military hospital in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Counseled on projects such as the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, and Miami's American Airlines Arena, as well as other major international facilities
  • Represents owners in the development of sports stadia, including the representation of the New York Yankees for their stadium in the Bronx

Failure and Collapse

  • 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
  • Assisted clients in the export of American construction and design work on projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East




  • 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 of Ohio University


  • Legal 500, Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
  • Chambers & Partners
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent


Personal Activities

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