Jeffrey A. Franklin serves clients in ways that maximize their opportunity to achieve their goals. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience, primarily in the areas of electric, gas, telecommunication, alternative energy, transportation and water regulation. He also has extensive experience in technology, Internet and computer law and e-discovery issues.
Jeff advises clients regarding compliance with regulatory requirements and the successful implementation of business strategies. Jeff has successfully conducted administrative adjudications, civil cases and appeals before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has extensive experience in a variety of legal areas, including administrative law, electric power projects, Marcellus shale, eminent domain, computer law, gaming law and civil litigation.
Jeff counsels clients and lawyers on how to protect confidential information, e-discovery, and cybersecurity and writes and publishes extensively regarding leveraging technology to efficiently and effectively achieve business goals. He is the principal technology consultant with BrightLine Tech Solutions, LLC.
Recently, Jeff has focused on natural gas projects and renewable energy — including financing and development.
Prior to joining Prince Law Offices, P.C., Jeff was counsel with an Am Law 100 firm, and a partner and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a Central Pennsylvania-based law firm.
How to Search Like a Pro, IPE and Thomson West, 2016
Fun Phone and Fax Facts, Berks County Bar Association, 2016
How to Search Like a Pro, IPE and Thomson West, 2015
Social Media as Evidence, Berks County Bar Association Bench Bar, 2015
Pennsylvania Pipelines, PA Local Government Training Partnership, 2015
Legal Ethics When Lawyers Are Online, Clear Law Institute, 2014
Interviewed by a reporter for an article regarding Net Neutrality, 2014
Legal Ethics Online, National Business Institute and Thomson West, 2014 and 2013
Permitting Power Projects, Duquesne Law School, 2014 and 2013
Public Utility Law Conference, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2013
Anatomy of a Project – Annual Power Law conference, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2012 – 2010
Find It Free and Fast on the Net, National Business Institute, 2012 and 2010
Pennsylvania Water Law and Regulations, HalfMoon, 2012
Ethical Cloud Computing, Berks County Bar Association, 2012
Drafting Renewable Energy Contracts, 2011
Renewable Energy – Getting to Megawatts, 2011
PGCB Update – It’s Plain to See Board’s Improved Transparency, Gaming Industry Observer, 2011
Hot Topics – Telecommunications and Media Law, American Bar Association (ABA), 2011
Directed multi-disciplinary teams to successful acquisition and financing of two different 829 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled combined-cycle electric generation stations.
Led multi-disciplinary teams for energy developer to acquire real estate, title insurance, financing, environmental, regulatory approvals, development, and construction of a 139.4 MW $215 million project in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Obtained acquisition of development rights to a 17.5 MW project and Power Purchase Agreement as well as negotiations with PJM.
Led team in $900 million sale by a developer of projects with combined 480 MW capacity.
Represented developer in achieving $285 million financing of three projects in Texas and Pennsylvania plus leasing, development, and land-use for a 52.5 MW wind farm.
Led developer in acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in 38 MW project.
Led developer to regulatory and real estate approvals for proposed 100.5 MW facility.
Represented developer in $221 million long-term, non-recourse financing of 101 MW project and served as lead state and local counsel to developer and operator.
Represented developer in the acquisition and approvals of a 100 MW proposed project.
Conducted due diligence for Marcellus Shale gas transactions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Advise and Establish new limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations.
Assisted a major utility client with satisfaction of debt in 38 counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Created and enforced wind power and gas contracts, leases and options.
Created computer software contracts to meet specific client needs.
Obtained approvals for a major utility client’s renewable energy facility and successfully defending those approvals in the county courts of common pleas, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Obtained certificates of public convenience for a variety of utilities.
Obtained local approvals for a large water company.
PRO BONO PUBLICO
MidPenn Legal Services
Schuylkill River Greenway Association (Rails to Trails)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Volunteer Counsel, since 1990 (FCC and land-use)