Highlights of Mr. Franklin's recent experience include: enjoining the sale of expired consumables by a third party on behalf of the manufacturer; obtaining the dismissal of a d ealership agreement arbitration on behalf of a parts manufacturer; representing a public REIT and the current board of directors in shareholder class action litigation filed in both state and federal court related to an $11.2 billion acquisition merger; representing a publicly traded healthcare REIT and its former directors in shareholder class action litigation filed in state and federal court related to a $1.9 billion sales merger; representing an international manufacturer pursuing construction defect and product liability claims related to the wholesale failure of the roof on a manufacturing facility; representing television show producer on defamation claim; and favorable settlements or dismissals in a number of shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits asserting claims for securities law violations and fiduciary duty breaches.
Mr. Franklin is very active in the Atlanta pro bono community. In addition to volunteering his time to handle cases for victims of domestic violence, Mr. Franklin is a member of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Junior Board. Mr. Franklin received the Domestic Violence Project Volunteer of the Year Award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation in 2014 and the prestigious Duane Morris Pro Bono Award in 2015.
Mr. Franklin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, and a cum laude graduate of Davidson College, where he was a member of the varsity football team.
Honors and Awards
•Recipient of the Duane Morris Pro Bono Award, 2015
•Recipient of the Domestic Violence Project Volunteer of the Year Award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, 2014
•Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010-2019
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic and Charitable Activities
•The Westminster Schools
•Westminster Fund Reunion Fundraising Chair, 2015-2017
•15th Year Runion Committee, Fundraising Chair
•Westminster Fund Class Agent, 2005-2008
•Division Chair, 2008-2010
•10th Year Reunion Committee, Co-Chair
•Alumni Leadership Giving Committee, 2010-2011
•Regularly volunteer to represent individuals pro bono through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Domestic Violence Program
•Davidson Gridiron Club
•Co-author, Chapter 20: Dismissals, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2014
•Co-Author, A CFM's Guide to Drafting Sensible & Useful Subcontracts , CFMA Building Profits, January/February 2014
•Note, A Brave Attempt: Can the National Collegiate Athletic Association Sanction Colleges and Universities with Native American Mascots? 13 J. Intell. Prop. L. 435 (2006)
•Author, Spouse's Challenge Is an Eye-Opener, Daily Report, March 16, 2012
•Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Junior Board
•Business Roundtable of Atlanta
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