Frank Handelman
Adjunct Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York,  NY  10023                       
Telephone: (212) 257-4362
Fax: (212) 674-4614

Frank Handelman practices law in Manhattan with specialties in criminal defense, civil litigation, and real estate and probate law. During his more than thirty years in practice, he has tried dozens of cases to verdict in both state and federal court and argued appeals before the NYS Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals.   His clients have included the lead defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case, and, in 2006 the grand juror accused of leaking information in a major insider trading case. Prof. Handelman is also active in elder law and is a former chair of the Elder Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. He was the attorney for the alleged incapacitated person in the case that established the right to counsel for such individuals under the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.  Before entering private practice, he was a defense attorney with the Legal  Aid Society in the Bronx. He has a master's degree in social work, and prior to attending law school worked as a community organizer, and co-founded a multi-denominational clergy-based community action group in the Bronx.

In addition to his law practice and teaching, he is a professional running coach. He is currently the head coach of Frank Training, LLC, a track and long distance training program.  From 2007 to 2010 he was the head coach and training director of Team for Kids, preparing thousands of runners for the ING New York City Marathon and other races as part of the New York Road Runners Foundation. As a runner he competed nationally and internationally.  He won the first-ever Corporate Challenge race in Central Park in 1977, and was the 2003 and 2007 National Masters indoor 800 meter champion.

Since 2002, Prof. Handelman has been an adjunct professor at Fordham, teaching Fundamental Lawyering Skills. He has also taught extensively with the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) at the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University.  He lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side and has been active for many years on various community issues. He twice served as treasurer for the election campaigns of current West Side City Councilwoman Gale Brewer.


J.D., New York University School of Law
M.A., Social Welfare Policy, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
B.A., English Literature, University of Pittsburgh