David Frankel

Senior Counsel

David Frankel is senior counsel in the Cannabis Law, Corporate & Business practice groups at Greenspoon Marder. Mr. Frankel focuses his practice on business formations, LLC and corporate transactions, startups, negotiations, contracts, venture capital, and cannabis licensing and compliance.  He represents individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, investors, tribes, and community and nonprofit groups. He also defends Cannabis companies in IRS tax audits and provides value-added legal advice to potential investors in Cannabis companies.

Mr. Frankel has over 20 years’ experience representing parties in cannabis related activities.  He was a founding director of Votehemp.com, a Director and Legal Counsel to the Hemp Industries Association, a Legal Counsel in the Court of Appeals cases of HIA v. DEA I, HIA v. DEA II, and US v. White Plume and the NAFTA case of Kenex v. US.  He has served as a compliance counsel for medical cannabis patient collectives since 1996 and was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

As an Aide to Tribal Government, Mr. Frankel drafted/implemented business codes/UCC; conducted trainings for Tribal officials, and represented a Tribe in Nation-to-State negotiations and execution of Memorandum of Understanding concerning UCC Filings.

Mr. Frankel has previously taught a college level course in the Business and Law of Media and served as Acting President of CIVIC – the Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict which helped innocent civilians injured in Afghanistan and Iraq to obtain medical care and compensation.  He also accompanied musician/filmmaker Michael Franti on a 10 day trip to the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Israel, as legal and security support on a documentary film project called ‘I Know I’m Not Alone’.

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Unites States District Court, California Supreme Court
  • Unites States District Court, Court of Appeal
  • Oglala Lakota Supreme Court
  • Oglala Lakota Tribal Court

Bar Admission

  • California


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., Amherst College, cum laude, 1987
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