Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr., Esq.
Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr. prosecutes civil rights violations on behalf of Plaintiffs. From January, 1995 until August of 1999 and again from July, 2004 until he joined The Bloom Firm, Franklin spent his legal career working as a solo practitioner, managing a civil rights practice. Now with The Bloom Firm, Franklin works diligently with each of his clients in the pursuit of justice.
Admitted to the State Bar of California June, 1994, Franklin began his legal career as a staff attorney with the Mark Rosenberg Community Law Center of South-Central Los Angeles, a pilot project of the ACLU of Southern California. While at the ACLU, Franklin handled a variety of community-organizing projects, including death penalty appeal investigation, and was introduced to impact civil rights litigation.
From 1995 through 1999, Franklin worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law, at Southwestern University School of Law and Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles. As an adjunct, Franklin taught a “Race & Racism” seminar, the “Race/American Legal Development” course and a “Civil Rights & Civil Liberties” seminar.
From 1999 through 2004, Franklin was privileged to teach law on a full-time basis. At Southwestern University School of Law, Franklin taught Torts, SCALE Torts Transactions, Race/American Legal Development and Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. As an associate law professor, Franklin developed and honed critical litigation skills, particularly with respect to trial presentation and juror selection strategy, which he daily employs, on behalf of his current clients.
Franklin received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Honors English. While at Penn, Franklin wrote a regular column for ”The Daily Pennsylvanian,” the University’s daily newspaper. Franklin was Co-Founder of Campus Organized Lectures On Race Sensitivity (C.O.L.O.R.S.) and earned the University of Pennsylvania Senior Class Honor Award, “The Bowl.” Franklin was also named as the 1990 African American Association’s Most Outstanding Senior Award; the 1990 College of Arts and Sciences, “250th Commemorative Award for Community Service.” Finally, as a member of the Quakers’ varsity football team, Franklin garnered the 1989 Varsity Football Club Award, “Most Outstanding Defensive Senior.”
Franklin graduated from New York University School of Law in the spring of 1993 as a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. A member of the Juvenile Rights Clinic, Franklin served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Professor Derrick Bell’s U.S. Constitutional Law course. Franklin was Co-Chair and Community Service Chair for NYU’s Black Allied Law Students’ Association and a National Recruiter for the NYU School of Law’s Admissions Department.
Franklin’s areas of expertise include:
· Employment Discrimination & Harassment-retaliation, race, sex, disability and family leave
· Wrongful Termination-severance negotiation, reduction in force, breach of contract, whistle-blower, public policy and Labor Code violations
· Police Misconduct-wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, physical abuse, malicious prosecution
· Civil Service Administrative Proceedings-government employee administrative hearings and writs
· Defamation-libel, slander, false light publication and other First Amendment issues
· Wrongful Death-infliction of emotional distress (negligent and/or intentional)
Outside of the practice of law, Franklin enjoys spending time with his family, especially coaching his children in youth sports.