Injury Board Attorney Member

Stuart R. Fraenkel

Nelson & Fraenkel, LLP

Los Angeles, California

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Defective & Dangerous Products
  • Property Owners' Liability (Slip & Fall)
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Civil Litigation
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Stuart R.'s Biography

Stuart R. Fraenkel handles high profile, complex matters with a broad range of experience in civil litigation; including aviation, admiralty/maritime, automobile, bus, motorcycle, truck, rail, crashworthiness, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance, insurance bad faith, premises, business litigation and entertainment.  Mr. Fraenkel is well versed in national and international conflicts and choice of law issues.  His litigation experience has involved matters throughout the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and South America.

Mr. Fraenkel received his undergraduate degree with honors from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1989 where he was an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was awarded the Balfour award for being a distinguished senior.  During his tenure at Embry Riddle, Mr. Fraenkel also worked as a legal assistant at the Volusia County Office of the State Attorney of Florida.

He received his doctorate of jurisprudence from Southwestern University School of Law in 1994.  During his time at Southwestern, Mr. Fraenkel was elected the President of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Law Fraternity and was the President and Founder of the Aviation and Space Law Society.  Additionally, he spent a semester in Paris, France with Tulane University School of Law studying comparative law, with an emphasis on French Civil law and European Union law.

Mr. Fraenkel is a graduate of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Aviation Accident Investigation School in Washington, D.C. As a United States Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Fraenkel served his tour of duty as a CH-46 Sea Knight crew chief and A-4 Skyhawk plane captain and was awarded numerous commendations.  He was also selected as an Aviation Officer Candidate for the United States Navy.  His service to our country added to his already extensive experience in aviation and vehicle maintenance; including combustion, diesel and turbine engines, electrical systems, hydraulics, structures, avionics systems, ejection systems and airframes.

Mr. Fraenkel is admitted to and/or practiced the bars of the Supreme Court of California, the United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has also appeared pro hac vice in several courts throughout the United States.  He has authored and argued appellate matters in the California Court of Appeals and briefed appellate matters in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

As a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Mr. Fraenkel served on the Barristers Executive Committee, was the Barristers Secretary, and was a committee member on the Community Outreach, Continuing Legal Education, Children’s Rights, Bench and Bar and Networking committees.  Mr. Fraenkel has participated in numerous Los Angeles County “Law Day” programs and was the Chair of the program in 1999.  He has also served as a Judge for the Annual Western Regional Finals Moot Court Competition.  Mr. Fraenkel was appointed to and served as a Trustee on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, was a Board Member for the Los Angeles County Foundation along with being a Delegate for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Conference of Delegates.  He has served as the Chair for the Lawyer Referral and Information Services and is a member of the Access to Justice committee.  He has acted as a Mentor for the LACBA Mentor/Mentee program and was the co-founder of the LA Thursday Club, a legal and business related networking organization.  Mr. Fraenkel also serves on the Editorial Board for the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine.

Mr. Fraenkel is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly ATLA) where he was elected to and served as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair-Elect and Chair for the Aviation section and has been actively involved in coordinating the section’s annual educational programs.  He was appointed to the AAJ Aviation Legislation Task

Force and has served as the California State Delegate.  Mr. Fraenkel serves on the International Relations and Public Relations Committees. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS), and Air and Space Law sections and served as the Co-Chair for the TIPS Aviation and Space Law annual program.  Mr. Fraenkel was the Vice-Chair for the TIPS Trial Techniques committee and Vice-Chair/Membership Coordinator for the TIPS Aviation and Space Law committee.

Mr. Fraenkel is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) where he serves as a Board Member, and is active with the Education Committee. He was also a past-chair of the Public Relations Committee.  Mr. Fraenkel is a member of the Consumer Association of California (CAOC), and the Public Justice Foundation (PJF)(formerly TLPJ).

Mr. Fraenkel has been serving as a Judicial Arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior courts since 1999 and a Mediator since 2009. As a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Preeminent rated attorney, Mr. Fraenkel has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.  He has also been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America and a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in California.

Mr. Fraenkel has handled a multitude of high profile personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout his twenty plus year career with notable results.  These injury cases have encompassed; significant burn injuries, brain injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, orthopedic injuries, nerve damage, significant psychological and other emotional distress injuries, etc.  Being well versed in State and Federal Tort claims procedures and requirements, he has been trial counsel in aviation, automobile, insurance bad faith, and premises liability trials and binding arbitrations.

Mr. Fraenkel has litigated numerous international and domestic airline, commuter, military and general aviation crash cases.  Some of the commercial airline crashes and incidents he has or is currently litigating include:

Aero Peru, Ancon, Peru;

Alaska Airlines, Flight 536, Seattle, Washington;

Alaska Airlines, Flight 338, Long Beach, California;

Asiana Airlines, Flight 214, San Francisco, California;

China Air, Flight 611, Over the Straits of Taiwan;

China Air CI 642, Hong Kong, China;

Faucett Airlines, Arequipa, Peru;

Gulf Air Flight 072, Bahrain;

Korean Air, Flight 801, Agana, Guam;

Korean Air, Pohang, Korea;

Malaysia Air, Flight 17, Ukraine;

Malaysia Air, Flight 370, Indian Ocean;

Millon Air, Manta, Ecuador;

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ006, Taipei, Taiwan;

Silk Air Flight MI 185, Palembang, Indonesia;

TAESA Flight 725, Michoacan, Mexico;

He was a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on the China Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Korean Airlines cases.  Mr. Fraenkel was one of the lead counsel in the landmark Silk Air settlement. Mr. Fraenkel has also handled numerous general and commercial aviation cases involving Aero Vodochody, Aerospatiale, Airbus, Beech, Boeing, Cessna, Cirrus, Citabria, Gulfstream, Marchetti, McDonnell Douglas, Mitsubishi, Pilatus, Piper, Westwind, and various experimental fixed wing airplanes, and Augusta-Westland, Bell, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky helicopters. The military accidents have involved Agusta Westland EH 101 Merlin, Bell UH-1N Huey, McDonnel Douglas F/A 18 Hornet, and Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion aircraft.

In the area of admiralty / maritime law, Mr. Fraenkel has handled numerous matters both domestical and international.  He handles cruise line cases, excursion cases, Death on the High Seas Act, Jones Act and products liability actions.  Mr. Fraenkel recently resolved a very complex matter involving a fire in the engine room aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean.  He has authored a number of articles relating to admiralty and maritime law and teaches a module on admiralty/maritime law.

In the area of insurance bad faith, Mr. Fraenkel has litigated numerous first party bad faith actions in cases arising out of the failure of insurance companies to defend and/or indemnify its insured, low-balling, fire loss, etc.  He litigated numerous cases arising out of the Northridge Earthquake against State Farm, Allstate, Farmers, etc. and was part of the team that received the landmark settlement against State Farm arising out of the Northridge Earthquake.  In 2003, he was appointed plaintiffs’ liaison counsel for hundreds of statutory bad faith cases arising out of the Northridge Earthquake before the Honorable Charles W. McCoy.  Mr. Fraenkel has also handled California Insurance Code §11580 direct actions.

Mr. Fraenkel was a founding partner of the Los Angeles offices of Kreindler & Kreindler and in 2015, he joined with Gretchen Nelson to begin the firm of Nelson & Frankel LLP. Additionally, he has been an Associate Adjunct Professor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate level Aviation Law and undergraduate Business Law, and Aviation Insurance and Risk Management courses.

Mr. Fraenkel is a frequent lecturer, having spoken at seminars, functions and educational programs at: AAJ/ATLA CLE events, ABA CLE events, CAALA and CAOC events, Lorman CLE events, NBI CLE events, a Pacific Northwest Aviation and Insurance CLE event, a Lawyer Pilot Bar Association CLE event, a Southern Methodist University School of Law CLE event, University of California School of Law educational programs, a Western Trial Lawyers event, numerous FAA safety programs, the Osh Kosh Annual Airshow, the Los Angeles Police Department Aviation Division safety seminar, two ALAANZ Conferences in Sydney, Australia CLE events, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) events, the AOPA EXPO Annual Convention in San Jose, and Orange County Pilot’s Association events. He is also used as an aviation source by numerous media companies worldwide and has been featured and quoted in various news programs and publications on numerous occasions.  An article featuring Mr. Fraenkel was written for the Cessna Pilot’s Association magazine and another one was found in an ABA TIPS publication.  Mr. Fraenkel was also featured as an aviation law expert on a special NBC segment on Hawaiian Air Tour Safety.


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Undergraduate1989
Southwestern University School of Law D.J.1994

Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
Judicial Arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior courts since 1999 and a Mediator since 2009

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