Jill A. Franklin

Of Counsel

Jill A. Franklin

Of Counsel


(213) 228-0400

Jill A. Franklin joined CR&D in September 2016, after having practiced at the law firm of Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen since 1987. Ms. Franklin’s practice has been concentrated in complex and mass tort/environmental litigation including class actions and she has extensive experience in all phases of discovery, alternative dispute resolution, trial and appeals in general civil tort, toxic tort, products liability and premises liability cases involving both bodily injury and property damage claims. She has been responsible for daily oversight and management of hundreds of personal injury and property damage cases for multiple former manufacturers of asbestos-containing materials, premises owners and contractors involved in asbestos cases pending throughout the western United States. She has also served as defense liaison counsel in several mass toxic tort cases involving injuries to oil field and refinery workers.

For the past several years, Ms. Franklin has also represented employers and individual defendants in all types of employment litigation, including sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, disability, retaliation and wrongful termination, and has defended employers in wage and hour matters. Ms. Franklin also represents clients before administrative and regulatory agencies and provides recommendations to clients with respect to regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance techniques (e.g. Proposition 65, mold and asbestos remediation, industry standards and developing policies and procedures on employment related issues, including discipline and termination, and workplace investigations,)

Ms. Franklin represents a broad array of clients in various sectors including manufacturing, distribution, retail, construction, entertainment, sports products, engineering, energy, industrial and heavy equipment.


B.A., Occidental College, 1980
J.D., Loyola Law School, 1986

Court Admissions

State Bar of California, 1987
U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1995

Leadership, Membership & Honors

Los Angeles County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute