Franklin Lee

Tydings & Rosenberg LLP

Franklin is one of the country’s leading authorities on socio-economic policies that promote the use of small, minority-owned, and woman-owned businesses in government contracting.  For more than 25 years, he has advised businesses on regulatory compliance with such policies, and the federal, state, and local governments on establishing and defending commercial non-discrimination policies and public contracting programs.  He also assists multi-national corporations with efforts to promote fairness and diversity in their use of commercial vendors.

Prior to entering private practice, Franklin served for six years as antitrust litigation counsel assigned to merger investigations in a number of industries at the Federal Trade Commission, and for over fifteen years as Chief Counsel to the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.  In the latter position, he advised numerous governmental entities in drafting minority business and disadvantaged business enterprise programs, and in defending those programs against constitutional challenges.