D. Franklin's primary areas of practice include corporate, mergers and acquisitions, finance transaction and federal and state securities matters. He represents a variety of clients ranging from established companies with global operations to early stage businesses.

D. advises companies on a broad range of issues affecting their business, including clients in the information services, manufacturing, distribution and service, construction and engineering, construction materials, transportation and technology industries. He regularly counsels companies and their boards with respect to corporate governance and compliance issues. He has assisted a number of clients in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings.

D. counsels a number of family-owned businesses with ownership that spans multiple generations. He has significant experience advising on issues that are particular to family-owned businesses, such as ownership and control transfers within the family, estate planning and compensation of family and non-family executives. D. teams with the firm’s trusts and estates lawyers on many of these engagements.

In addition, he advises emerging growth companies in their formation and funding, and he has worked with a number of companies from inception through venture capital funding and initial public offering or sale.

D. also regularly advises clients with respect to their overseas operations and acquisitions outside the United States. Through his involvement in ALFA International, a global network of leading law firms, he has developed relationships with lawyers throughout the world.

D. is recognized in Chambers USA in the area of Corporate/Commercial law, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Compliance/Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law.