History of The Franco Law Firm, P.C. - Criminal Law Firm in Atlanta, GA
A generational business
My father, Charlie Franco, was a lawyer from 1950 until his untimely death in 1974, when he succumbed to cancer. Prior to his death, he was well respected by his fellow attorneys and judges. He enjoyed the practice of law and instilled that sense of helping others who have encountered the court system.
Since I was very young, I wanted to become an attorney and continue the law firm and my father’s good work.
After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, I came home to go to law school and work in my father’s office. He died during my second year of law school.
I began practicing law in 1976. I love to help people with their problems and the practice of law has put me in a position to do just that.
Since I have been practicing for more than 40 years, I tend to do business in a personal and old-fashioned way. All of my clients come to me by referrals from other lawyers, clients, and judges. I typically do not rely on websites or the Internet to attract business. (I will take it if it comes to me that way.)
As you can see from my resume, I have practiced law with other lawyers and on my own.
From 1977 – 1987, I practiced law with Isaac Habif and Lenny Habif at the firm of Habif, Habif, and Franco. “Ike” Habif was the Senior Partner of Habif, Arogeti, & Wynne, which was and still is the largest locally owned CPA firm in the State of Georgia. I handled all of the litigation for the firm while my former partners handled estates, wills, and real estate. During that period of time, I tried personal injury cases, criminal (state and federal courts) cases, divorce cases, business litigation cases, probate cases, and any other type of litigation that came the firm’s way.
In 1987, I partnered up with my former mentor and hard-nosed litigator, Walter W. Furlong. Together we went all over the State and Country trying Federal and State criminal cases including Arizona, Florida, California, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama and others.
While we are still close and collaborate on cases together, we dissolved the firm of Furlong and Franco in 1997 when I moved to the Macquarium Building, 1800 Peachtree Street, and established The Franco Law Firm, P.C.. I practice and share office space with Brian Steel, Michael Trost, Tom Cook and several other talented lawyers.
Through the years, I have mentored over twenty-five law clerks who have become fine lawyers in their own right and I keep up with each and every one of them, even now.
I have guest taught at Georgia State Law School and have participated as an Arbitrator for the State Bar of Georgia regarding fee disputes between attorneys and clients.
The fascination of practicing law is as interesting and challenging to me now as it was in 1976 when I started practicing law.
I generally maintain one to two law clerks at a time and rely heavily on my certified paralegal, Mrs. Maxwell Dupuis, who has been with me for the past 8 years. Together we are equipped to handle everything from complex multi-defendant Federal criminal cases to the simplest of traffic offenses.
We NEVER lose sight of how important your case is to you and look forward to serving you in any way we can.
Our mission is simple: “To leave the client better off than we found them!”