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Charles Franklin

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Charles L. Franklin's practice combines policy advocacy, regulatory counseling, litigation, and transactional support, specializing in assisting clients in the chemical, pesticide, and energy sectors. Drawing on his 13-years as a federal regulator at the Environmental Protection Agency, he advises clients on regulatory and product stewardship obligations associated with the production, import, export and labeling of chemical and pesticide-containing products, as well as the extensive regulatory compliance obligations associated with related manufacturing operations and supply chains. Mr. Franklin represents and advises clients during regulatory compliance investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Franklin has represented clients in a wide range of administrative and judicial proceedings involving federal, state and international matters.

Mr. Franklin also advises clients on business, policy and litigation issues related to air, climate, and energy policies in the United States and European Union.

Mr. Franklin helps clients assess, manage, and limit environmental liabilities associated with mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy proceedings involving chemical- and energy-sector concerns.

Before joining Akin Gump in 2003, Mr. Franklin spent 13 years in public service, starting in EPA's Office of Solid Waste working on solid and hazardous waste management policy, and then spending over a decade in EPA's Office of Pesticides, Prevention and Toxic Substances (now the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention), working on chemical and pesticide policy issues. 

Mr. Franklin received his B.A. in economics and communications from the University of Michigan in 1989, his M.P.P. from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs in 1994 and his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2003. Between 2010 and 2012, Mr. Franklin chaired the American Bar Association's (ABA) Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee. Mr. Franklin maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting both individual and institutional clients on legal issues facing developmentally disabled, poor and disenfranchised populations.

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