Frank Handelman became of counsel to the firm in 2016 after 35 years in private practice. He specializes in criminal defense, probate and elder law and residential real estate.
Frank began his legal career as a defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. He has tried dozens of cases in state and federal court and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals and the New York Court of Appeals. Among his hundreds of clients is the lead defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case and the grand juror accused of leaking information in a major 2006 insider trading case. With a Master’s degree in social work and expertise in elder law, Frank has served as an evaluator or guardian for numerous incapacitated clients and was the attorney for the alleged incapacitated person in the case that established the right to counsel for such individuals in New York. He served as Treasurer for the first two City Council campaigns of current Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
Since 2002, Frank has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching Fundamental Lawyering Skills and has also taught in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Cardozo Law School. In addition to his law practice, he is a professional running coach, offering track and marathon training through his company, FrankTraining LLC. He was the winner of the first Corporate Challenge race in Central Park and the 2003 and 2007 National Masters 800 meter champion.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York County Lawyers' Association (former chair, Elder Law Committee)/New York Criminal Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild
New York University School of Law (J.D. 1974)
University of Chicago (M.A., Social Welfare Policy, 1969)
University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1967)
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit