Harold E. Franklin specializes in defending corporations in complex and high-stakes product liability litigation. As a partner in the firm’s nationally ranked Product Liability practice, Harold’s national litigation and trial practice focuses heavily on high-profile product liability litigation and has also included business disputes and internal investigations.
He has represented many of the world’s largest automotive, pharmaceutical, beverage, logistics, and tobacco companies throughout the continental U.S. and abroad in “bet-the-company” litigation and trials. He has utilized his fluency in Spanish in his law practice in matters in Puerto Rico, Europe and South America.
Five of his recent trials include four high-stakes tobacco trials and a high-profile automotive product liability trial, the latter of which was selected and featured in 2014 by the Daily Report’s “Litigation Department of the Year” award publication.
Earlier in his career Harold was selected by an international Fortune 500 corporation to serve as in-house counsel in its product litigation group. In this role, Harold (while on-loan from King & Spalding) was responsible for selecting and retaining outside counsel and managing complex product liability litigation across the nation. More recently, he was selected by one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers to serve as one of its national written discovery counsel.
Harold is a 1990 graduate of Emory University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish. Prior to entering the legal profession, he served as vice president of an insurance brokerage firm specializing in group benefit plans for many of the nation’s leading insurance companies. Harold received his Juris Doctor from the Georgia State University School of Law in 1999. During law school, he served as a Student Judicial Clerk to the Supreme Court of Georgia and also as a judicial extern with the Federal Reserve Bank. In addition, he studied international law in the 1997 Transnational Comparative Dispute Resolution Program at the law school at Johannes Keppler University in Linz, Austria. While in law school, Harold received numerous awards in local, regional, and national trial and appellate competitions.
- J.D., Georgia State University
- B.A., Emory University
- 2010 Just The Beginning Foundation Conference (of Federal Judges) – National Chair of Programs Committee
- American Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association, President (2015-2016); Executive Committee (2009 – Present); Board of Directors (2007-2015), Treasurer (2012), Secretary (2013), Judicial Tenure and Selection Committee (2007-2010), Membership Chair (2009-2010)
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