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Larry Franklin

Smart. Hard working. Dedicated. These terms all apply to Larry Franklin. But what most clients first notice about Larry Franklin is his genuine concern for their situation – and that while he is soft-spoken, he is able to quickly understand their needs and explain their options clearly and concisely.

Prior to earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Law, Larry Franklin graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, with honors, from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also attended the submarine school in Groton, Connecticut, the U.S. Navy War College and the U.S. Army War College. He served his country for 20 years, and is a retired Two-Star Navy Admiral.

Today, Larry brings his work ethic, his sense of honor and duty, his commitment to justice and his love of the law to assist people who have been injured and need help so that they can heal.

Occupation

Civil Trial Attorney with experience in medical and legal negligence, personal injury, products liability and aviation litigation

Education

  • U.S. Naval Academy – graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a B.S., first in aptitude, top 10% of class
  • Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, top 10% of class
  • U.S. Navy War College, Newport, Rhode Island
  • U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • University of Louisville School of Law – graduated with a J.D.

Navy Career

  • U.S. Navy Destroyers in the Atlantic, Qualified Surface Warfare Officer
  • Submarines in the Pacific, Qualified Submarine Officer
  • Special Operations in Vietnam
  • Readiness Commander in Gulf War
  • Blue/Gold Recruiter for the U.S. Naval Academy for 20 years
  • Retired Two-Star Navy Admiral (RADM 0-8)

Legal experience

  • Licensed to practice law before all Kentucky State Courts, District Courts, Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lectured and taught Trial Practice Seminars at Columbia University and the University of Louisville
  • While President of the Louisville Bar Association, initiated judicial evaluation for all Jefferson County judges and Western District of Kentucky federal judges
  • Co-founded the Louisville Bar Foundation that annually funds aid to the indigent and programs for children
  • While President of the Louisville Bar Association, along with Jack Ballantine and Riley Lassiter, toured the State of Kentucky speaking with physicians and was one of three people who formed KMIC (Kentucky Medical Insurance Corporation, a corporation owned and operated by the physicians of Kentucky)
  • Established Kentucky citizens’ rights for both compensatory and punitive damages against lawyers who file frivolous law suits — i.e., Drasin vs. Raine, 621 S.W. 2d 895 — and brought about strengthening of C.R. 11

Affiliations

  • Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Louisville Bar Association, Vice President and President
  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Co-Founder and President
  • University of Louisville School of Law, Moot Court Judge
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Past Chairman, House of Delegates
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association (KJA), Director in 1977–1978, Vice President, President Elect, and President
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Birth Trauma Litigation group section
  • American Inns of Court, Master/Member
  • Mentor for University of Louisville students interested in pursuing a career in law
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow — Membership is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow — Active Academy membership is limited to 500 Fellows from the United States
  • Alumni of Leadership Louisville
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • Board of Overseers at University of Louisville, Past Member
  • Citizens for Better Judges
  • President of SPAVA — Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence Among Adolescents, a non-profit organization that grants scholarships to students who best set examples of positive leadership

Awards

  • 1998 University of Louisville Law School Fellow of the Year Award
  • Louisville Bar Association Lawyer of the Year
  • Recipient of the KATA Peter Perlman Award
  • Best Lawyers in America for 20 Years
  • Super Lawyers (ranked first in Kentucky by peers two consecutive years) — www.superlawyers.com

Community services

  • Read legal texts and novels for the blind at University of Louisville for more than five years
  • Hosted annual blood drives at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Participated with the U.S. Navy in Habitat for Humanity by building homes for the poor
  • Active in program to prevent violence in schools (SPAVA), President
  • Citizens for Better Judges, Co-Founder and Member
  • Actors Theater of Louisville, Donor
  • CP Kids Center, Donor
  • USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), Member of Commissioning Committee, Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Washington
  • USS Louisville (SSN 724), Chairman of Commissioning Committee, Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii