Shirlethia V.Franklin

Of Counsel

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Shirlethia Franklin is an experienced litigator and former senior U.S. Department of Justice official. She litigates complex civil cases and handles disputes involving the federal government.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Shirlethia was a senior litigation associate in the Atlanta office of a multinational law firm and defended major clients in product liability, mass/toxic tort, and class action matters. She represented a leading automobile manufacturer in multidistrict product liability and consumer class action litigation; a global dialysis equipment manufacturer in defective design/warning litigation; a major chemical manufacturer in an isocyanate exposure mass tort case; and one of the nation's largest public health systems in medical malpractice actions. She also had a substantial pro bono practice and was honored as a 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Truancy Intervention Project.

Most recently, Shirlethia was Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she counseled the Attorney General on significant law enforcement issues and high-profile environmental matters — including the $20 billion settlement of civil claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — and spearheaded key domestic policy initiatives. Shirlethia was frequently called upon to navigate complex relationships throughout the executive branch, giving her unique insight into the inner workings of the federal government.

Shirlethia was also a member of the 2013-2014 Class of White House Fellows — one of the nation's most prestigious fellowships for leadership and public service — and previously served on the board of directors for the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

Experience

  • Charlottesville City Councilors obtain pro bono summary judgment win granting statutory immunity in Charlottesville monument caseJones Day achieved victory on behalf of four Charlottesville City Councilors who voted to relocate the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson statues at the center of the violent rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
  • Additional Publications

    • January 2018Supreme Court Rules Pending Federal Action Stops the Clock on State Limitation Periods

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    January 2009
    Calculating the Damages: Race and Socio-Economic Status, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy,

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