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Sam Franklin Franklin’s term as ACTL President caps a successful career that includes building a powerhouse litigation boutique and a series of important cases that read like a history of defense litigation in Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1972, Franklin was in private practice for 17 years before helping to found Lightfoot. Among many high-profile cases, he argued for Auburn University when the State of Alabama prioritized K-12 education over higher education in the proration funding crisis; for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and other manufacturers in smoking and health litigation; and most recently for ExxonMobil when the State of Alabama sought to impose punitive damages in a dispute over the calculation of royalty payments. A former President of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Franklin has been active in state bar matters, including serving as a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners from 1991 to 2000; a member of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals of the Alabama State Bar from 2000 to 2008; President of the Alabama Law Foundation; and a Fellow in both the American Bar and Alabama Law Foundations. Franklin is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and was awarded the Peter Perlman Service Award from that organization. In recent years, Franklin has been active in fundraising efforts to assist various legal organizations as part of his commitment to improving access to civil justice for all of Alabama’s citizens, regardless of income. In 2006, he received the Commissioner's Award from the state bar recognizing his service to the profession. He currently serves on the board of the Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (BBVLP), has served as Chairman of the BBVLP Private Bar Campaign for 2013, and was part of the leadership for the same campaign for 2016. G Bring your game with an LL.M. in Tax or Business Law. The University of Alabama School of Law offers LL.M. programs in tax and business law. Renowned professors and practitioners teach courses live from across the country. Earn your advanced degree and gain championship status. School of Law Online Programs OnlineLLM.ua.edu/bham A8416511-01 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2017 19


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