Jeanne Franklin

Jeanne Franklin is a certified mediator in Virginia, and has been a practicing attorney since 1971, with special concentration on employment issues, the wide range of healthcare delivery issues, problems , and policy, and previously, American Indian law. When serving her clients, she put to work useful knowledge gained from her study in the field of Organization Development. Her many work experiences, as well as substantive knowledge gained in her fields of practice, taught much about what helps people and groups identify their objectives, and productive ways to go about achieving them. In her career as a practicing attorney, she was sometimes been called upon to help clients develop large scale projects and programs as the positive development flowing from the resolution of the underlying disputes. As of May, 2018, Ms Franklin retired from legal practice to focus exclusively on the kinds of mediation and facilitation services offered through FranklinSolutions. 

In addition to certification as a mediator, and as a mentor mediator,Ms. Franklin has served on the ADR Task Force of the American Health Lawyers Association ADR Service, where she is a mediator panelist. She is a member of the Council of the Virginia Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a panelist with Virginia Dispute Solutions. Ms. Franklin works collaboratively with other professionals in the ADR community in response to specific project needs. She has been recognized by Virginia Business, in its Legal Elite ADR listing, since 2005. She has written and presented on various health law issues and uses of ADR in evolving healthcare systems and conflicts.   


  • Vassar College – B.A. cum laude

  • University of Virginia School of Law – J.D.

  • Georgetown University Certificate Program in Organization Development – Certificate

Professional Credentials:

  • Certified District Court Mediator – Supreme Court of Virginia

  • Retired attorney in good standing in Virginia (Associate status), District of Columbia and New Mexico (Inactive)

  • Awarded AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory

  • Past President – the Virginia Bar Association

  • Awarded the William B. Spong Jr. Professionalism Award

Of Note:

  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (in ADR Category) since 2005

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

  • 2004 LSNV’s Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award

  • 2005-6 Alexandria Bar Association’s Don Mela Community Service and Pro Bono Award

  • 2006 Declaration of Appreciation for Volunteer Services – Lawyers Helping Lawyers

  • 2009 Resolution of Appreciation for Volunteer Services – Virginia Law Foundation

  • 2014 William B. Spong Jr. Professionalism Award for leadership in the profession and the community - Virginia Bar Association

Professional Memberships and Activities:

  • AHLA Dispute Resolution Service Task Force/Council member 2008-2014

  • Virginia Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution – Past Chairperson

  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section

  • American Bar Association Health Law Section Conflict Management Task Force (past)

  • Virginia Bar Association (VBA)

  • Virginia State Bar (VSB)

  • D.C. Bar Association (Inactive)

  • Alexandria Bar Association

  • Alexandria Bar Foundation - Beat The Odds Committee

  • Virginia Dispute Solutions LLC - Panelist

  • Health Law Section and Council of the VBA

  • Committee on Special Issues of National and State Importance (VBA)

  • Section on The Education of Lawyers (VSB) (past)

Past Professional Activities:

  • Past Board member:

    • Virginia Bar Association

    • Virginia Law Foundation

    • Lawyers Helping Lawyers

    • Alexandria Public Law Library

    • Northern Virginia Health Foundation, and

    • Member:

    • Task Force on the Public and The Courts (Virginia Supreme Court Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century)

    • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Faculty

    • Chair:

      • Virginia Legislative Study: HJR101 - Adverse Medical Outcomes, Disclosure and ADR Responses - Co-Chair

      • Outreach Committee of VBA Community Service Program

      • VBA Committee on the Needs of The Mentally Disabled

      • Legislative Study on Juvenile Insanity Defense in Virginia



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