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Greenberg Traurig Expands Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice With Alison Elko Franklin in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Sept. 19, 2019 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is expanding its global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice with the addition of Alison Elko Franklin as a shareholder in the firm's Atlanta office. Franklin, who joins from Dentons, will advise clients on a broad range of restructuring matters, including corporate reorganizations, municipal reform, creditors’ rights litigation, and distressed acquisitions.

"Alison has a sterling reputation and is highly regarded in the Atlanta bankruptcy community. She will be a valuable addition to our team," said Co-Chair of the firm's global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice and Co-Chair of its Financial Institutions Practice David Kurzweil. "With wide-ranging industry experience and a diverse practice, Alison's breadth of knowledge will allow us to further our goal of providing the best service for our clients, both in Atlanta and firmwide." 

Franklin has represented debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, and purchasers in a variety of commercial bankruptcy proceedings and cross-border restructuring matters. She represents companies in Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 9 municipal debt adjustments, and Chapter 15 cross-border insolvency proceedings. She also counsels parties on insolvency-related issues and advises creditors, examiners, and receivers in fraud investigations and commercial litigation in federal and state courts.

"We are excited to welcome Alison to Greenberg Traurig, and to the Atlanta office," said Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta office Theodore I. Blum. "Not only is she a talented lawyer with deep experience in bankruptcy litigation, her service to the profession and tireless dedication to helping underserved populations is reflected in her significant pro bono work commitment to the community."

Recognized for her legal work, active leadership in professional organizations, and impactful community service, Franklin has been named "40 Under 40" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, "On the Rise" by the Daily Report, "Rising Star" in Restructuring and Insolvency by the IFLR1000, "Legal Elite" in Bankruptcy Law by Georgia Trend, and to the "Super Lawyer Rising Star" list for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights by Atlanta Magazine. She is the 2019 recipient of the David W. Pollard Achievement Award presented by the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association to a member of the Atlanta bar who best exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the bankruptcy practice.

Franklin is regularly involved in a variety of pro bono projects as co-founder and volunteer for the Reaffirmation Project, co-founder and volunteer advisor for the Low Income Creditor Assistance Project, and chair of the Advisory Committee to the Modest Means Program sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service. She is the vice chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and has chaired the Next Generation Program of the TMA Atlanta Chapter, the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Georgia Network of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). She has also served on the global boards of directors for the TMA Next Generation Program and IWIRC, as well as the Emory Law Alumni Board.

"Greenberg Traurig has an impressive team of strong restructuring lawyers leading its internationally recognized practice," Franklin said. "I was drawn to the firm because of its reputation for innovation and client service, as well as its respected pro bono program. I am eager to work with this collaborative group of talented attorneys and continue to grow my practice."

Franklin received her J.D. from the Emory University School of Law, where she was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award and served as the Business Manager of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. She received her B.S., magna cum laude with honors, from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Franklin served as a law clerk for the Hon. C. Ray Mullins, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

About Greenberg Traurig's Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice: Greenberg Traurig's internationally recognized Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice provides clients with deep insight and knowledge acquired over decades of advisory and litigation experience. The team has a broad and diverse range of experience developing creative and effective solutions to the highly complex issues that arise in connection with in- and out-of-court reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations, and distressed acquisitions and sales. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the firm's vast resources and invaluable business network, the team helps companies navigate challenging times and address the full range of issues that can arise in the course of their own restructurings or dealings with other companies in distress

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2,100 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.