James E. Frankel
Jamie is a partner in the firm’s Construction practice group. He 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.
He 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 continually assists clients in the export of American construction and design work on projects in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Jamie builds products to tackle issues focused on certain building and/or building component systems. Inside of his 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.
He 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.
Examples of Jamie’s experience include:
- Advised on major international transportation projects, including Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and the finance, design, build and ownership of rail facilities in the Middle East
- Counseled on high-profile transportation projects in the United States, including New York City’ 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 education 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 construction projects, including New York’s 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 Program
- 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
Building Envelope / Curtain Wall Program
- Inside Thompson Hine’s Curtain Wall Risk Management Program (CWRM), he addresses and assists in the management of the risks associated with the design, build and installation of major high-rise curtain wall systems; including resolving disputes arising out of these building envelopes
New York State Grandfathered Engineering and Architectural Practice
- Jamie has developed this regulatory practice during the last 25 years where he has acted as an intermediary and counsel for both buyers and sellers of these unique and limited New York State business corporations
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list
- Selected to the New York Super Lawyers list, 2006-2009 and 2015-2017
- AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Recognized by Chambers and Partners
- Selection for inclusion by Legal 500 for Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
- Construction Engineering Management Advisory Board, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University
- Salvadori Center, Board Member
- Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Board Member
- Jamie lectures on the topic of Avoiding Commoditization and the Competition within the Professional Services Industry throughout the country, addressing engineering, architectural, and law firms.
He has also spoken at the Construction Law SuperConference.
June 13, 2022