Mr. Franklin is Managing Director of Rogers Towers and Chairman of the firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Franklin is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice is concentrated in the areas of complex commercial litigation, land use litigation and negligence litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death. His experience includes the representation of banks and federal banking agencies involving the workout and foreclosure of commercial and real estate loans. Mr. Franklin also has extensive experience litigating title insurance claims and other real estate matters.

Mr. Franklin is a former prosecutor and previously served as General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville and its independent agencies, including the Jacksonville Port Authority, the Jacksonville Electric Authority, the Duval County School Board and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.  As general counsel, he was the chief legal officer for Jacksonville’s consolidated government.

Representative Matters

Education

  • Jacksonville University, B.A., 1977
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1979

Bar Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Certifications

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Awards and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation), 2016-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Litigation-Banking and Finance), 2018-2020
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite” (Commercial Litigation) 2015-2016, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, (Business Litigation), 2011-2019
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Jacksonville University, 2004

Professional and Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, Board of Governors, Representing the 4th Judicial Circuit, 2014-2018
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida First District Court of Appeal, 2006-2010
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 4th Judicial Circuit, 1984-1986
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 1998-2000
  • Charter Member, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 1985
  • Board of Directors, St. Vincent’s Health System, 2002-2011
  • Board of Directors, Jacksonville Port Authority, 1999-2001
  • Commissioner, Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, 2004-2005
  • General Counsel, Gator Bowl Association, 1998-2010
  • General Counsel, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 2002; 2014; 2015
  • Board of Directors, Atlantic Coast Bank, 2005-2012
  • Board of Directors, Leadership Jacksonville, 2001-2003
  • Jacksonville Civic Council
  • Chairman, Gator Bowl Association, 2012
  • Board of Trustees, The Bolles School, 2011-2014
  • Board of Trustees, University of North Florida, 2010-2018
  • Board of Directors, Flagler Hospital, 2018-present