Fred Franklin, of Jacksonville, is the managing director of Rogers Towers and 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. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Franklin 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. Mr. Franklin is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association and the National Bar Association. He received the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell; Outstanding Alumni Award, Jacksonville University, 2004; Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite” (commercial litigation), 2010; and the Designee, Florida Super Lawyers (business litigation), 2011. Mr. Franklin's professional and community involvement include the Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida First District Court of Appeal; the Grievance Committee, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the Jacksonville Civic Council; the Mayor's Film and Television Advisory Board; the Chairman-Elect, Gator Bowl Association, 2011; the Board of Directors, Atlantic Coast Bank; the Board of Directors, St. Vincent’s Hospital; and the Judicial Campaign Practices Commission, Jacksonville Bar Association. He was previously involved with the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 4th Judicial Circuit, 1984-1986; the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 1998-2000; a charter member, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 1985; the board of directors, Jacksonville Port Authority, 1999-2001; the commissioner, Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, 2004-2005; the general counsel, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 2002; the board of directors, Leadership Jacksonville, 2001-2003; and the general counsel, Gator Bowl Association, 1998-2010. Mr. Franklin was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors from September 15, 2011 until January 6, 2013. Mr. Franklin was reappointed by the Florida Board of Governors from January 17, 2013 to January 6, 2018.
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