Jeffrey A. Franklin is a member of the Energy Section and the Technology Transactions group and represents clients in a way that maximizes their opportunity to achieve their business 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 utilities and other 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 has counseled clients and lawyers, and written and published extensively about leveraging technology to efficiently and effectively achieve business goals and protect confidential information.
His representations have included:
- Obtaining 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.
- Assisting a major utility client with satisfaction of debt in about 38 counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
- Obtaining local approvals for a large water company.
- Obtaining certificates of public convenience for a variety of utilities.
- Creating computer software contracts to meet specific client needs.
- Creating and enforcing wind power and gas contracts, leases and options.
Recently, Jeff has focused on renewable energy — including financing and development for wind and solar projects.
Prior to joining Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Jeff was partner and CIO of Ryan, Russell, Ogden & Seltzer PC, a Central Pennsylvania-based law firm that primarily handled various energy, communications and utility matters. He
concentrated his practice on state and federal regulatory proceedings, legislative activities, litigation before state and federal courts, facilities siting proceedings, land use and eminent domain matters, complex commercial transactions and environmental, gaming and computer law.