DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1993
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., Political Science, 1990
Hillel Frankel is a partner at Mandell Menkes and heads up the Nashville office on Music Row. Hillel has more than 20 years of experience representing musical artists, writers, producers, production companies, record labels, visual artists, and filmmakers in their transactional, corporate, and intellectual property matters. He also provides counsel in business affairs and business development for start-up production companies, record labels, music tech companies, and publishers.
Hillel’s clients range from Chicago soul legends to current R&B and rap artists to Nashville recording artists, songwriters, production companies, labels, and producers.
Hillel frequently speaks on entertainment law issues and has presented at major festivals and conferences, including: moderating a panel called “Turning Data into Dollars: Monetizing the New Music Industry Commodity” at the Americana Music Conference in September 2017. He has also previously moderated and presented at the Music Biz Conference, South by Southwest Music Conference, Winter Music Conference, and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) Expo. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law and was elected to two terms as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy (2010-2014). He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors for Chicago International Movies and Music Festival and Midwest Independent Film Festival.
In his not-so-former life as musician “Frankie Hill,” Hillel recorded and toured internationally on keyboards and saxophone for numerous bands including GRAMMY-nominated Liquid Soul, LA’s Bonedaddys, the UK’s General Public, and Chicago’s P-1 and Heavy Manners.