Terrence Franklin & Meg Lodise Again Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys” List

Partners Terrence Franklin and Meg Lodise were featured for the second consecutive year as “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys,” published by Los Angeles Business Journal in recognition of the region’s most outstanding litigators.

In its editorial, Los Angeles Business Journal noted:

Terrence Franklin has developed a reputation as a preeminent trusts and estates litigation attorney in his 30-plus years of practice, handling the most‚ complex cases involving substantial dollar amounts. While Franklin is well-known for his trusts and estates expertise, he is equally renowned for his commitment to furthering the advancement of minority lawyers. He was recently recognized with the Chambers and Partners Diversity & Inclusion Lifetime Achievement Award for his impressive efforts to promote D&I. Franklin dedicates his time to numerous professional organizations focused on trusts and estates as well as advancing D&I. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and helped found the Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Committee, drafting its mission statement and statement of non-discrimination and inclusion. Franklin also led the charge to establish ACTEC’s Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders program, which supports and develops leaders in the trusts and estates field.

Meg Lodise is known for handling some of the most complex, high-dollar trusts and estates disputes through trial and appeal. It’s not uncommon for opposing counsel to refer her clients when there is a conflict of interest, demonstrating Lodise’s level of expertise and respect in the trusts and estates community. This respect was underscored by her appointment by the Probate Court as Guardian Ad Litem for the children of entertainer Michael Jackson from 2009 to 2020. In this role, Lodise advocated for the best interests of the performer’s two sons and daughter due to disputes over Jackson’s affairs. Recognized as an industry leader, Lodise is active in developing laws and policies related to estate, trust, probate and conservatorship issues. As chair of the preeminent, invitation-only American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Amicus Briefs committee, she aims to improve laws, procedures and professional responsibility.