Terrence M. Franklin

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Terrence M. Franklin

Partner
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Terrence M. Franklin is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience handling trust and estates and probate litigation, disputes and appeals. His breadth of experience underscores the firm's long-standing reputation and the reason clients turn to the firm for complex cases involving significant dollar amounts.

Mr. Franklin has extensive trial and appellate experience, including successful published appeals and the landmark Moeller case, which was brought before the California Supreme Court. 16 Cal. 4th 1124.

An active member of the trusts and estates legal community, Mr. Franklin serves as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he is committed to improving the level of membership and engagement among diverse and minority lawyers. He is working with ACTEC to develop strategies to make the trusts and estates practice area more attractive to minority law students and young attorneys, and was instrumental in developing a diversity and inclusivity mission statement for ACTEC, a fellowship to support potential future fellows in the college, and a statement condemning racism on behalf of the organization following the killing of George Floyd, and the attendant civil unrest. In addition, Mr. Franklin serves on the California Membership Committee, and the Fiduciary Litigation Committee, and previously served on the Board of Regents of ACTEC.

Mr. Franklin is a member of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Section; Estate Planning Advisory Panel member for American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education; former Council Member and Supervisory Council Member for the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group; Former Vice Chair of the Practice Group Management; and Former Chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee.

Mr. Franklin is frequently called upon as a speaker to national, state and local estate planning, trust, and probate groups, such as ACTEC, ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, and USC Probate and Trust Conference, where he is the Program Chair.

Mr. Franklin has been recognized by numerous industry rankings, including: named to the 2020 and 2019 list of "Most Influential Minority Lawyers" by Los Angeles Business Journal; ranked by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide in the Private Wealth Disputes category; featured as a “Leader of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers” by Los Angeles Business Journal; named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2005; included on the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011. Mr. Franklin was also named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016 for Trusts & Estates Litigation - Los Angeles which is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.

Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Franklin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and obtained his Bachelors of Science from Northwestern University. Prior to Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, he practiced with the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster and as a partner at Ross, Sacks & Glazier, LLP.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Conservatorship Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1984

Honors and Awards

  • The National Black Lawyers – Top 100
  • “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020
  • “Most Influential Minority Attorneys,” 2020 and 2019 Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2018, 2019, 2020: Southern California, Private Wealth Disputes
  • Chambers and Partners: Shortlisted “Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 & 2019” – “Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession”
  • “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Trust & Estates, Los Angeles – Best Lawyers 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011 – present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005 – present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Former Council Member
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Chair, Attorneys Partnering with Nonlawyers Committee
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Chair, Ethics and Malpractice Committee
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Member, National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Former Vice Chair, Practice Group Management
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Supervisory Council Member, Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Former Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Diversity Task Force
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Former Member, Program Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Foundation, Member, Board of Directors
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, California Membership Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
  • American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Estate Planning Advisory Panel
  • California Board of Legal Specialization, Former Member, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Advisory Committee
  • National Organizing Coalition On Virus Information Distribution (“NOCOVID”), Member
  • Outfest, Co-President, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section, Former Member, Litigation Sub-Committee
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s Trust & Estate Conference, Chair
  • University of Southern California Probate & Trust Conference, Member, Planning Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ross, Sacks & Glazier, Partner

Languages

  • French

Published Works

  • The 1846 Last Will of John Sutton—What’s Not So New in Will Drafting and Contests, Wealth Strategies Journal, September 2018
  • LAST WILL, NEW TESTAMENT: The search for the story behind the will that set Terry Franklin's ancestors free, Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, February 2018
  • Co-author, Hot Topics in Estate, Trust & Conservatorship Litigation: Contests After Death, Pre-Death Contests, and Intentional Interference with Expected Inheritance (Among Other Things), American Law Institute - CLE Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, 2017
  • Will Power: A 19th-century document leads Terry Franklin on a journey of self-discovery, Harvard Law Today, October, 2016
  • Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Sacks Glazier's Terrence Franklin, Law360, January, 2015
  • Author, Tracing One Family’s Path to Freedom, Through Love, 15 ASIA-PACIFIC LAW & POLICY JOURNAL 1 (with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sara Lee), September/October, 2014
  • Co-author, What is a Care Custodian Under Probate Code 21350, California Trust & Estates Quarterly, Volume 11, Issue 4, Winter, 2005

Classes/Seminars

  • "Better Practices: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession," American Bar Association’s Real Property Trusts & Estates Section Fall Leadership Meeting, October 2020
  • "The Last Will of Lucy Sutton: An Antebellum Interracial Love Story," Harvard Club of Southern California and Harvard Black Alumni Society of Los Angeles, February 2020
  • "Speaker, Diversity and Elimination of Bias", USC Gould School of Law's 40th Anniversary Trust and Estate Conference
  • Presenter,"Planning for Flexibility," ACTEC Continuing Legal Education Program: The Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Trust, Philadelphia, June 2013
  • Presenter,"The Trustee's Exercise of Discretion," ACTEC Continuing Legal Education Program: The Anatomy and Life Cycle of a Trust, Philadelphia, June 2016
  • Moderator,"Is Your Spouse a Trust Bene×ciary? State Law Holds the Key for Same Sex Spouses," ABA Real Property Trust and Estates Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 2013
  • Coordinator,"Thy Will Be Done, By Will or By Deed: Discrimination in Real Property Trust and Estate Law," ABA Real Property Trust and Estates Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 2013
  • Lecturer, ABA-RPTE Paralegal eLearning Program
  • Lecturer, USC Probate and Trust Conference
  • Lecturer, Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum
  • Lecturer, Matthew Bender & Co.
  • Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute, New York & California
  • Lecturer, American Colleges of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association, Real Property & Trust Law Section
  • Lecturer, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • “Testamentary Intent and Social Change. The Story of How a Last Will Allowed the Sutton Family to Be Free,” ABA RPTE Spring Symposium, Boston, MA, May 2016
  • “Hot Topics in Estate, Trust and Conservatorship Litigation; Contests after Death, Pre-Death Contests, and Intentional Interference with Expected Inheritance (Among Other Things),” ALI-CLE Educational Session, Estate Planning in Depth, Madison, WI, June 2016
  • “The Will Contest of John Sutton,” Texas Bar CLE 22nd Annual Course, Advanced Estate Planning Strategies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2016
  • “What’s New and Not So New In Will Contests,” Estate Planning Council of New York City, April 2016
  • “A Family History of Wills in the Antebellum South” USC Gould School of Law 41st Annual Trust and Estate Conference, Los Angeles, California, November 2015