A broadly experienced, resourceful and pragmatic business, corporate and commercial attorney with sound judgment and very effective analytical, communication, and negotiation skills.

Portrait final, 1-6-15David Frankel is a resourceful and pragmatic business and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience. His Seattle-based business and commercial practice includes representation and counseling of both well-established companies and new ventures in sophisticated commercial and services transactions.  His client projects often involve negotiation and creation of contracts for intellectual property development, protection, licensing, publishing and distribution, and international trade and transactions.  He also counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues and provides representation for negotiated dispute resolution.

David is a creative, strategic thinker and problem solver who is frequently commended by his clients and peers for his sound judgment and effective analytical, communication, and negotiation skills.   He was a member of the legal department at Microsoft for many years. He currently teaches a course in Intellectual Property Licensing at the University of Washington School of Law, and has previously taught International Business Transactions at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law).

David devotes significant time to volunteer projects.  He is the founder and president of Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find effective ways for lawyers to use their professional skills and influence to move society in more sustainable directions, primarily through education, client counseling, and advocacy.  As a pro bono volunteer, he has also successfully represented minor illegal aliens in deportation hearings.

David holds a BA from Yale University and received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as an editor of The Ecology Law Quarterly.  He also attended the London School of Economics, where he earned the degree of MSc, and was named The School Scholar in International Law.


Representative Legal Projects


Professional Associations

Washington Lawyers for Sustainability
Founding Coordinator and President, 2007-Present, of nonprofit organization for lawyers committed to promoting sustainability through their many professional roles. Initiatives include sponsoring education and training, publishing authoritative information, encouraging incorporation of sustainability into counseling of business and governmental clients, and advocating for appropriate regulatory changes.

University of Washington School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Licensing, 2010 – Present

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice
Lead pro bono attorney, 2007, representing a young Chinese girl trafficked to the United States by an organized crime syndicate. In a contested hearing, won relief under the Convention Against Torture.

University of Puget Sound School of Law
Adjunct Professor, International Business Transactions, 1990, 1991

World Trade Club of Seattle
President, 1992-1993; Vice President, Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, 1991-1992; Chair of Program Committee, 1990-1991

Washington State Bar Association
International Practice Section, Executive Committee, 1991-1994

State Bar of California