Franklin Hopkins

Associate


Email Address: fhopkins@germer-austin.com

Phone: 512.750.8020

Location: Austin Office

Overview

Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Franklin represents an array of professional licensees, including physicians before the Texas Medical Board, where he previously worked as a Staff Attorney. That experience gives Franklin insight into the way the Board views its responsibilities and the posture they take in various enforcement actions. This allows Franklin to provide highly individualized advice to his physician clients.

As a primarily administrative law practitioner, Franklin defends numerous types of professional licensees before their respective licensing agency. Franklin is experienced in agency/board/commission/department informal settlement conferences (“ISC”), defending temporary suspension and revocation hearings, along with mediations and contested case hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”), including appealing final agency orders to district court.

Before joining the private sector, Franklin worked as a Staff Attorney at the Texas Medical Board, where he maintained a heavy docket of ISC’s and SOAH cases. Franklin also worked at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (“TLDR”) where he prosecuted licensees for numerous occupations, including electrical and air conditioning contractors.

Prior to practicing law in Austin, Franklin served his country in the United States Army JAG Corps. Stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Baghdad, Iraq, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Franklin prosecuted numerous felony cases as a Trial Counsel, Senior Prosecutor, and Chief of Military Justice. Franklin was Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for trying the most cases in Iraq in 2010, and prior to that was Awarded the Army Commendation Medal for being recognized as the top prosecutor at Fort Hood, Texas, which is the busiest criminal law jurisdiction in the United States Army.

Today, when not representing Texas Physicians, Franklin continues to serve by defending those who defend America. As a Major and Defense Attorney in the Texas Army National Guard, Franklin proudly defends Texas Veterans before administrative separations boards and non-judicial punishments.

Franklin practices in front of numerous state and federal agencies, including:

  • Texas Medical Board
  • Texas Physician Assistant Board
  • Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Texas Board of Nursing
  • Texas State Board of Pharmacy
  • Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
  • Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
    • Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
    • Texas Department of State Health Services
    • Office of the Inspector General
  • Texas Department of Insurance
    • Texas Department of Insurance
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
    • Vehicle Inspector License
  • Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Credentialing Committee Defense Against:
    • Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
    • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
    • Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
    • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
    • Credentialing Committee Defense Against:
  • Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
  • Texas Workforce Commission
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
  • Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services
    • Office of Inspector General
  • United States Department of Justice
  • TRICARE Defense
  • Medicaid Fraud Defense
  • Medicare Fraud Defense
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • United States Air Force
  • Department of Defense

Franklin also practices military criminal law by defending service-members around the globe facing:
Court-Martial,
U.C.M.J. offenses,
Art 15 charges,
administrative separation boards,
show cause boards,
retention boards,
and reduction boards.

Franklin can be found on the following domains:

  • medicalboard.attorney
  • medicallicensedefense.attorney
  • texasmedicalboard.attorney
  • texasmedicalboarddefense.com
  • texasmedicallicense.net
  • medciallicensedefense.net
  • medicalboarddefense.net
  • medicallicensedefense.info

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Professional Background

  • Joined Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC in 2015
  • Riggs & Ray, P.C.
  • Texas Medical Board
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
  • United States Army JAG Corps – 2008
    • Defense Counsel, Austin, Texas
    • Chief of Military Justice, Fort Sam Houston, TX
    • Senior Prosecutor, Baghdad, Iraq
    • Trial Counsel, Fort Hood, TX

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 2007
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • All United States Military Courts

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Administrative Law

Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 2007
    • Contributed to Military Criminal Justice & Procedures & Military Evidentiary Foundations
    • Board of Advocates
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Arts – Government and History – 2003
    • Normandy Scholars Program

Recognitions and Honors

  • Awarded Defense Meritorious Service Medal for trying the most cases in Iraq in 2010
  • Awarded Army Commendation Medal – Recognized as top prosecutor at Fort Hood
  • Successfully Prosecuted first and only emergency hearing in TDLR history and obtained a Final Order shutting down all the elevators in a downtown Dallas, Texas hotel
  • Prosecuted first military rape case for drugging by tetrahydrozoline (found in Visine), successfully litigatedDaubert challenges involving forensic toxicology and raw lab data
  • Prosecuted over 30 Soldiers in Courts-Martial, including 9 jury trials and 5 bench trials
  • Lead Prosecutor for 2 Conspiracy cases involving the destruction of evidence into a medical incinerator, overcame Bourjaily challenges to statements by co-conspirators
  • Published Articles

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director at Large, Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Associate, Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court
  • Officer, Administrative Law Section of the Austin Bar Association
  • 2013 AYLA Leadership Academy

Representative Experience

  • Representative Clients Include:
    • Physicians
    • Healthcare Licenses
    • Professional Licenses
    • U.S. Service Members Before Their Respective Branch
    • Contractors with the State of Texas

Interests

  • Tailgating for University of Texas Football Games
  • Organized Sports Leagues in Austin
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor Music Concerts

Civic Involvement

  • Young Texans Against Cancer
  • Longhorn Foundation
  • Texas Exes Life Member

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