Shirlethia Franklin is an experienced litigator and former senior U.S. Department of Justice official. She litigates complex, high-stakes product liability, pharmaceutical, mass/toxic tort, and consumer class action cases across a broad range of industries and counsels clients on federal regulatory and policy matters. Shirlethia is the practice leader for Jones Day's New Lawyers Group and co-chair of the Black Lawyers Group. She has been recognized by The National Law Journal as a "D.C. Rising Star," Bloomberg Law's "They've Got Next," and the Washington Business Journal for her "proven track record of success."
Shirlethia is currently defending a global retailer in multijurisdictional litigation brought by states and municipalities concerning the distribution of opioid products and a leading biopharmaceutical company against consumer protection and fraud claims concerning its insulin pricing practices. Among other recent matters, she served as first-chair counsel in a pro bono matter defending the Charlottesville city councilors' vote to relocate the Confederate statues at the center of the violent rally there in August 2017.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Shirlethia was Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In these roles, she counseled two Attorneys General on significant law enforcement issues, high-profile environmental matters, and key policy initiatives. Shirlethia is a former White House Fellow — one of the nation's most prestigious fellowships for leadership and public service — and currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. She also serves on the board for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy: A Focus on Patent and Drug Law to Reduce Health Care Spending
Transforming the Minneapolis Police Department: A Collaborative Approach to Driving Systemic and Cultural Change
Publications Prior to Jones Day
Calculating the Damages: Race and Socio-Economic Status, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy,
- February 20, 2022
International Association of Defense Counsel's 2022 Mid-Year Meeting: Tug of War: Biden's Energy and Environmental Agenda in the Land of a Trump Judiciary
- January 27.2022
Jones Day's California MCLE University: A View From Washington: Regulatory and Legislative Developments During the Biden Administration
- February 5, 2018
Emerging Trends in Consumer Fraud Class-Action Arbitration
"Has developed a reputation as a go-to litigator on the firm's largest matters — complex civil cases and handling disputes involving the federal government."Washington Business Journal
- Howard University (J.D. 2007; Editor-in-Chief, Howard Law Journal); Tougaloo College (B.A. summa cum laude 2004; Valedictorian; Alpha Lambda Delta)
- District of Columbia, Georgia, Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and the Southern District of Mississippi
- Served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition's Department of Justice Agency Review Team (November 2020 to January 2021); served with the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States (2015-2017) and White House Liaison and Counselor to the Attorney General (2014-2015); White House Fellow (2013-2014)
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Brooks Burdette "Rising Impact" Award (2022)
Bloomberg Law: "They've Got Next: The 40 Under 40" (2022)
National Law Journal: "D.C. Rising Star" Award (2020)
Washington Business Journal: "40 Under 40" Honoree (2020)
Howard University School of Law: "Rising Star" Award (2019)
- Law Clerk to Judge Alexander Williams Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2007-2008)