Terry Franklin Recognized as a Top Minority Attorney by Los Angeles Business Journal for Second Consecutive Year

Partner Terry Franklin was once again selected to Los Angeles Business Journal‘s 2020 list of “Top Minority Attorneys” as a go-to attorney in California for litigation involving substantial trusts and estates, probate matters, disputes and appeals. He was recognized for being an excellent advocate and dynamic in the courtroom as well as for his commitment to furthering the advancement of minority lawyers.

Franklin is responsible for several published appeals and the landmark Moeller v. Superior Court case, which was brought before the California Supreme Court and established a fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege for successor trustees. In the past 18 months, he has successfully represented beneficiaries, trustees, individuals and institutional clients in matters involving substantial assets, including recently representing multiple siblings as co-trustees against their sibling co-trustees’ attempts to improperly prevent the sale of a closely-held family business, resulting in the successful sale of that business and resignation of the rogue co-trustee.

Among his notable awards, Franklin was one of 14 shortlisted for Chambers and Partners “Diversity & Inclusion Awards: USA 2019” which recognizes attorneys for their outstanding contribution to furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. He was also selected by The National Black Lawyers, a professional and educational organization comprised of the nation’s premier African American attorneys, for inclusion in its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. Membership into the organization is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to attorneys who excel in their practice and promote diversity.

Franklin has been profiled in numerous outlets discussing the intersection of social issues and the law. Last year, he was recognized as a Los Angeles County Bar Association Black History Month Honoree; featured in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) newsletter article, “Terry Franklin – SOGI Commissioner and Man Truly Worth Knowing”; and was a guest on the “When It Mattered” podcast and “Relatable” YouTube live stream show to discuss his life experiences and overcoming adversity. In 2018, Franklin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers, which has been recording African American oral histories since 1999 to refashion a more inclusive record of American history and to educate and enlighten millions worldwide. He was recently notified that his video oral history has now been officially archived at the Library of Congress.

A leader in the community, Franklin also dedicates his time to numerous professional organizations focused on trusts and estates law as well as promoting diversity and inclusion.

The “Top Minority Attorneys” list features Los Angeles attorneys who have been particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the L.A. region, along with maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the business and legal community at large.