Biography

Lynn G. Franklin

Lynn Franklin is the Managing Attorney/Senior Litigation Counsel for Franklin & Willard. Ms. Franklin's practice has focused on counseling corporate and business clients in the areas of contracts, asset purchases and transfers, commercial leases and employment law, as well as litigation in both State and Federal courts. Ms. Franklin also has represented Developers, Homeowners, Homeowners' Associations and Association Managers on various aspects of Community Association law in the State of Florida. Ms. Franklin's employment law practice has included representation of employers in all aspects of employment and labor law; preparation and review of employee handbooks and personnel policies; review and advice on employee wage classifications and other wage and compensation issues; representation before administrative agencies (such as EEOC, Department of Labor, and Florida Civil Rights Commission); development of employment separation agreements; drafting, enforcing and implementing covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements and proprietary information agreements; and representation of employers in general tort litigation associated with employment (breach of contract, wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and similar claims).

Lynn also has experience in immigration law, land use, eminent domain, workers' compensation laws, trademarks, commercial leases, asset purchases and business transfer agreements, marketing and advertising law, first amendment law, and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Franklin & Willard, Lynn's practice included litigating employment disputes as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, and with the national labor and employment law firm Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman. Ms. Franklin has represented large national clients as in-house employment counsel, general counsel, and in association with international law firms. After graduation from law school, Lynn was appointed as a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Ms. Franklin presently performs services for the claims department of an international insurance company.

         Labor and Employment

         Litigation

         General Business Law

Significant Representations

         Dickson v. Florida Dept. of Corrections, Case No. 5:96cv207RH (N.D. Fla. 1996). This matter brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was consolidated on appeal before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals with Kimel v. Board of Education, and upon certiorari review before the United States Supreme Court resulted in the landmark decision on state government immunity under the ADEA.

         General representation of a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company in employment litigation, EEOC/FCHR charges and on-site reviews, immigration matters, contract disputes, and commercial leases. Provide counsel to executive level Human Resources officers on daily personnel issues.

         Representation of a major television network in federal court defending sexual harassment claims brought by an entertainment personality.

         Perform wage and hour audit and analysis for an international juice processing company.

         Represent Fortune 100 retailers in employment discrimination actions under Title VII.

         Representation of a New York based newspaper publisher in discrimination actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

         Assist in representation of former Miss North Carolina in employment / contract dispute with pageant associations.

Professional & Community Involvement

         Member,Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Section (Publication Committee 2002-2004)

         Benefactor,Golden Retriever Rescue of Central Florida

         Member,Society for Human Resource Management

         Member,National Apartment Association (2000-2002)

         Member,American Resort Developers Association

Articles, Publications & Lectures

         Extraterritorial Application of Environmental Regulation, Vol. 4, No. 2, Stetson Law Journal, Spring 1992

         Responding to an Employee's Unforeseen Need for FMLA Leave, Personnel Law Update, January, 1998, Council on Education in Management

         Supreme Court Continues its March for Federalism: ADEA Not "Appropriate" Legislation., Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Section's Checkoff, newsletter, Vol. XXX, No. 2, February 2000, and reprinted on the Internet with permission at www.fed-soc.org/Publications/practicegroupnewsletters, by The Federalist Society.

         Sexual Harassment: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, National Apartment Association's Units Magazine (National Publication), Vol. 24, No. 4, May, 2000

         Termination without retaliation: discerning exactly what you must know about your employee's constitutional rights to avoid lawsuits for improper terminations. Public Sector Employment Seminar, September 1999. Council on Education in Management

         Federal and Florida Law in the Workplace, Seminar Creator and Facilitator. Apartment Association of Greater Orlando. August, 1999, and bi-annually in 2000.

         Employment and Personnel Law: Sexual Harassment, A View Into The Next Millennium, Featured Speaker. Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, November 1999.

         Sexual Harassment Training Seminar, Seminar Creator and Facilitator Presented at various locations in 2003 for management employees of Fortune 50 employer.

         Guest Lecturer, Employment Law, Valencia Community College, 2002.

Awards & Recognition

         International Who's Who of Professional & Business Women

         American Achievement National Honor Sorority

         The Stetson Law Forum, Assistant Editor

         Phi Delta Phi, National Legal Honor Society

         Environmental Law Moot Court Team

         National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Preliminary Round Best Oralist,

         Who's Who Among American Law Students

         Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

         Outstanding College Students of America

         Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society

         Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society

Education

         J.D.,cum laude,Stetson University College of Law

         Ranked in top 5% of graduating class

         B.A.,with honors,University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Admitted to Practice

         State of Florida

         U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

         U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

         U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

         U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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