James B. Franklin
James (“Jimmy”) Franklin has been practicing law in the State of Georgia since 1964 and since that time he has held virtually every leadership position in the Georgia legal profession. He served as President of the State Bar of Georgia in 2001-2002 and is currently President of the Georgia Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was also recently elected unanimously to serve a four-year term on Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission and currently serves on Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Judicial Appointments for U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.
Jimmy was the founding partner of Franklin, Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes and Marsh, LLC, the largest law firm in Bulloch County, Georgia. Jimmy’s distinguished career includes civil and criminal litigation, estate planning, corporate law, and real estate law. He served as part-time U.S. Magistrate for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia from 1979 to 1982. President George Bush nominated him for U.S. District Court Judgeship in the Southern District of Georgia in 1991, but confirmation by the U.S. Senate was not completed before the election of President Clinton. Jimmy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also the past President (and current member) of the Bulloch County Bar Association.
Jimmy recently joined his daughter, Rebecca C. Franklin, as Of-Counsel to Franklin Law, LLC where he continues to practice in the area of civil litigation and mediation.