Talcott Franklin

Talcott Franklin is an attorney, developer of educational programs, and author with a wide range of professional experiences. Tal specializes in mortgage and asset-backed securities/loan repurchase, intellectual property litigation and counseling, and securities and consumer fraud litigation.

After graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in sociology, Tal began his professional career as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor in the maximum-security unit of a juvenile detention facility operated by the state of Washington.

Following this, he earned his M.A. in sociology from the University of Washington and went on to attend Washington & Lee School of Law where he achieved his J.D., graduating magna cum laude. Following law school, Tal worked as an associate at Hunton & Williams where he represented survivors of sexual and physical abuse pro bono.

Tal received numerous awards and accolades for his service as he continued to advance his legal career, particularly for his pro bono work. He has been featured on television, radio, and print media and is also the author or co-author of three legal treatises, two books on self-protection for young people, a book on helping incarcerated persons successfully transition back into society, and numerous articles.

In 2010, Tal started Talcott Franklin P.C., a boutique law firm with an international client base, before partnering with John Scott and Shannon Conway to build FSC in 2020.

Outside of the courtroom, Tal enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer, and children Ava, Charlotte, and Virginia. His hobbies include the outdoors, fitness, cooking, nutrition, gardening, snow sports, water sports, history, traveling, dogs, theater, and anything that floats.

  • Washington & Lee School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, M.A.
  • University of Washington, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (Inactive)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Maine (pending)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • South Carolina Bar Association (Inactive)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Attorney Award for Exemplary Service to the Indigent for extensive trial work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors (1997)
  • Hunton & Williams’ E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service (1997-1998; 1998-1999)
  • Special recognition as part of Hunton & Williams’ team to receive pro bono service award for extensive trial work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and mentoring other lawyers trying similar cases (1998)
  • Special recognition as part of Hunton & Williams’ team to receive American Bar Association national pro bono award (1999)
  • Talcott J. Franklin, Dennis C. Taylor, and Ann Beytagh, Addressing Conflicts of Interest in the Context of Campus Sexual Violence, 2017 BYU Educ. & L.J. 1 (2017).
  • Talcott J. Franklin, Servicer Safe Harbor: A Legal and Policy Analysis, West LegalEdcenter White Paper, May 1, 2009.
  • Talcott J. Franklin, So You Think You Understand that Securitization Contract?, American Securitization Journal, February 2009, at 19.
  • Talcott J. Franklin, The Impact of Securitization on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, West LegalEdcenter White Papers (five updates), September 25 – October 8, 2008.
  • Protecting the Brand Globally: International Trademark Enforcement, TexasBarCLE 18th Annual Intellectual Property Law Course, March 10-11, 2005.
  • Overview of Trademark Use in Marketing, American Marketing Association Best Practices Paper, MarketingPower.com.
  • Safeguarding Your Business’s Trade Secrets, Corporate Logo, April 2004, at 14.
  • Safeguarding the Most Valuable Asset: How Promotional Products Can Protect the Brand or Destroy It, Corporate Logo, March 2004, at 14.
  • Be on the Ball with Trademarks – Keep Courts at Bay, IndUS Business Journal, February 1, 2004.
  • Creating Your MLM Brand, Network Marketing Business Journal, January 2004.
  • Helping Lawyers Help Others: Creating a Pro Bono Program Designed to Attract and Retain a Large Volunteer Pool, 27 Journal of the Legal Profession 23 (2003).
  • Practical Pro Bono: How Public Service Can Enhance Your Practice, South Carolina Lawyer, Jan./Feb. 1999, at 14.
  • Victim Impact Statements After People v. Brock Allen Turner, with Judge Brandon Birmingham, 292nd Judicial District Court, Dallas, Texas, November 1, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, Virginia Superintendents’ Meeting, The Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, James Madison University, July 10, 2017
  • Current RMBS Litigation, Association of Mortgage Investors, July 12, 2017
  • Guest, Predator Protection Program Finds its Way to Roanoke, WFXR, September 19, 2016
  • Guest, Self-Protection for Kids, FOX4, April 18, 2016
  • Attorneys and Mental Illness, Dallas, Texas, February 28, 2016
  • Lawyers Guide to Protecting a Child from Sexual Assault, Dallas, Texas, February 19, 2016
  • Guest, The Strategy Session, CNBC, January 3, 2011
  • Guest, The Strategy Session, CNBC, October 20, 2010
  • Post Crisis Litigation Risks and Trends, American Securitization Forum Annual Meeting, February 2, 2010
  • Staying In: Managing Distressed Assets, Distressed Asset Roundtable & Exchange, October 6, 2009
  • Addressing Fraud In An Ever Changing Mortgage Banking Landscape: A Practical Guide to Navigating The Issues, ALI-ABA, September 30, 2009
  • Future of RMBS Litigation, Distressed Asset Roundtable & Exchange, May 13, 2009
  • Web Cast, The Next Scandal in the Credit Crisis? West LegalEdcenter, May 1, 2009
  • Web Cast, Reviving Securitization: Prospects, Policy, and Predictions, West LegalEdcenter, April 14, 2009
  • Web Cast, The Evolution of Subprime Litigation, West LegalEdcenter, April 8, 2009.
  • Web Cast, Recovery and Reinvestment: The Stimulus Package Examined, West LegalEdcenter, February 19, 2009
  • Litigation and Enforcement: Risks and Trends, American Securitization Forum Annual Meeting, February 10, 2009
  • Is this a US Problem? Analyzing the Fundamentals of the European Debt Market in Light of the Turmoil in the US, 7th Annual Distressed Debt Summit, Euromoney Seminars, November 6, 2008
  • Web cast, Rescuing the Economy: An Examination of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, West LegalWorks, October 9, 2008
  • The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Wipeout, Bailout, Workout: The Regulatory, Business & Enforcement Landscape from DC to Wall Street, Directors’ Roundtable, October 7, 2008
  • Distressed Debt Litigation: Causes, Concerns, Risks and Prevention, Distressed Debt Investing & Risk Management: Navigating the Post-Subprime World, September 18, 2008
  • Web cast, Bailout or Washout: An Analysis of the Treasury Proposal to Purchase Mortgage-Related Assets, West LegalWorks, September 29, 2008
  • Web cast, Municipal Lawsuits Against Mortgage Lenders, West LegalWorks, July 21, 2008
  • The Explosion in U.S. Subprime Litigation & Regulatory Initiatives: Implications for European Market Participants, European Securitisation Forum, July 16, 2008
  • Legal Responses to the Credit Crisis: Will the UK Follow the US?, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, July 15, 2008
  • Web cast, The Tentacles of Securitization, West LegalWorks, June 26, 2008
  • Guest, Your Money with Chuck Jaffe, WBIX 1060 AM (Boston), June 25, 2008
  • Web cast, The Basics of Securitization, West LegalWorks, May 28, 2008
  • Web cast, The Latest Regulatory, Governmental, and Legislative Responses to the Subprime Crisis, West LegalWorks, April 16, 2008
  • The Credit Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Lawyers, Southern Methodist University School of Law, April 20, 2008
  • Web cast, Insurance, Bankruptcy, and Malpractice Developments after the Subprime Meltdown, West LegalWorks, March 19, 2008
  • Investor Actions and SEC Investigations: New Targets, Potential Exposures and Effective Defenses, Subprime Lending Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, American Conference Institute, March 4-5, 2008
  • Pod cast, The Credit Crisis, Thomson West, February 28, 2008
  • Web cast, The Latest Legal & Regulatory Developments on the Subprime Mortgage Financial Crisis, West LegalWorks, February 26, 2008
  • Panelist, The Business of Fashion: Issues and Answers for the Apparel Industry Entrepreneur, Dallas Fashion Incubator, June 5, 2007
  • Protecting the Brand Against Fakes, Fonies, Frauds, and Forgeries: Fighting CounterFeits, Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, December 9, 2005
  • International Trademark Enforcement, TexasBarCLE 18th Annual Intellectual Property Law Course, March 11, 2005
  • The Essential Rules Every Corporate Governance Professional Must Know to Prevent Losing Corporate Brands, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, February 9, 2005
  • Creating a Legally Protected Brand, Barnes & Noble Meet the Author Series, March 9, 2004 and April 20, 2004
  • Marketing Guide to Trademarks, DFW American Marketing Association, March 18, 2004
  • Protecting the Delta Dental Brand, Delta Dental Plans Association Board of Directors Retreat, February 20, 2004
  • Guest, The Louie Free Radio Show with Louie Free, WWOW 1360 AM (Youngstown), February 9, 2004
  • Guest, Business Talk New York with Adriane Berg, WLIE 540 AM (New York), February 3, 2004
  • Trademarks for Law Students, Southern Methodist University School of Law, January 28, 2004
  • General Counsel’s Guide to Trademarks, Corporate Counsel Series, January 21, 2004
  • Guest, Final Edition with Bob Lawrence, KSCJ 1360 AM (Sioux City), December 16, 2003
  • Insurance Counsel’s Guide to Trademarks, North Texas Association of Insurance Counsel, December 5, 2003
  • Guest, PM Magazine with Lindsy Parker, WBNW 1120 AM (Boston), October 30, 2003
  • Avoiding the Three Major Brand Killers, American Management Association Branding 2003 Conference, October 22, 2003
  • Low Cost IP Programs, Corporate Counsel Series, May 15, 2002
  • Encouraging Lawyers to Meet Their Moral Pro Bono Obligation, Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee 2002 Pro Bono Summit, May 7, 2002
  • Representing a Domestic Violence Survivor, Southern Methodist University School of Law Domestic Violence Symposium, February 15, 2002
  • Child Support Intervention Project, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 15, 2001
  • Business Ethics, Women’s Business Counsel, August 7, 2001
  • Basic Principles of Trademark Use, American Airlines, Inc. Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 31, 2001
  • Representing An Abused Person in a Domestic Violence Protective Order Case, Mecklenburg County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, November 19, 1998
  • Professionalism, Civility and Our Pro Bono Commitment, Mecklenburg County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December 3, 1997