Beatrice Franklin
Associate
New York Office Phone: (212) 729-2021 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education

Columbia Law School

Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude)

 

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Law Clerk to the Honorable Susan Carney, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Law Clerk to the Honorable Jesse Furman, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Beatrice Franklin
Associate

Beatrice Franklin joined Susman Godfrey after clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Susan Carney on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jesse Furman on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. These experiences provided her with unparalleled insight into the workings of the bench as well as a keen understanding of trial and appellate law.

Ms. Franklin applies this knowledge to her representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in all types and stages of commercial litigation. She has litigated cases across a broad spectrum of practices areas including complex business disputes, energy matters, real estate, patent, antitrust, and financial services.

Ms. Franklin currently represents Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties in its lease dispute with U.S. Steel Corporation related to valuable mining lands in the Minnesota Iron Range. Ms. Franklin is playing a pivotal role in this matter: in addition to briefing and arguing arbitrability issues in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, she successfully petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court for review of the Court of Appeals’ order denying her team’s motion to compel arbitration. Most recently, she argued that appeal at the Minnesota Supreme Court and is awaiting the Court’s decision. This argument was covered by The American Lawyer, which spotlighted Ms. Franklin’s work and sought her opinion on how to get more young, female lawyers in front of appellate courts and by the St. Cloud Times, with whom Ms. Franklin discussed the case and reflected back on her time clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ms. Franklin’s robust docket also includes:

  • Representing the University of Massachusetts and Carmel Laboratories in patent infringement litigation against cosmetics giant L’Oréal. Ms. Franklin has briefed and argued numerous critical motions.
  • Serving as part of the interim co-lead counsel team for a proposed class of home sellers asserting antitrust claims relating to broker commissions against the four largest national real estate services companies and the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Franklin successfully argued the motion to appoint interim co-lead counsel and successfully opposed the defendants’ motions to dismiss.
  • Arguing before New York’s First Department, Appellate Division, on behalf of a former fund manager asserting claims against three brokerages that facilitated a securities mismarking scheme with the fund manager’s employees. A motion for leave to appeal the First Department’s ruling dismissing her client’s claims is pending.
  • Representing a commercial tenant in a dispute with a landlord over valuable commercial space in Brooklyn, New York. Since taking over the case, Ms. Franklin has briefed several successful motions, including opposing an attempt to reconsider a successful grant of partial summary judgment in her client’s favor.
  • Working pro bono, Ms. Franklin is serving as counsel to an asylum applicant appealing the denial of his pro se asylum application to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Franklin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and won Best Oralist and Best Brief in the Harlan Fiske Stone Honors Moot Court competition.

Honors and Distinctions

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize

James Kent Scholar

Best Oralist and Best Brief, Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition

National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Law Student

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

New York State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Language

French

Italian