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Franklin Gordon Bynum

About me

I've spent my entire life preparing to be a criminal-defense lawyer. I was raised in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, a famously activist neighborhood. I spent my afternoons as a child in my father's small law practice, where characters from the neighborhood would usually convene. I had an interesting childhood.

After attending The University of Texas at Austin, I spent several years in New York City, where I investigated complaints against police officers.

Law school took me to Los Angeles, a city still dear to my heart, to earn a law degree from at one of the nation's best law schools, USC.

I returned to New York briefly to take the bar there and in New Jersey, before returning to Houston in 2009 to start my law practice.

After several successful years, I closed my practice temporarily to help start the new public defender's office in Houston. There, I implemented a nation-leading program to deliver immigration advice to indigent clients. I trained hundreds of lawyers and judges about immigration law's impact on criminal cases. I also handled many appeals and post-conviction writs, and was lead counsel in many serious trial cases.

I reopened my private law practice in 2014, and am at your service. Call to see how I can help you.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 25%
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
  3. Immigration: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Joseph Willey

    Franklin is the type of attorney that helps his colleagues understand the issues and how to argue around them. He's the one others go to. He knows the effects language and impressions have on each case he handles. I would not want any other appellate attorney on my side. I fully endorse him.


    Andrew Willey Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Gary Sullivan

    I first met Franklin at a Trial Lawyers College seminar in Chicago in 2012, and I found him to be a very personable, knowledgeable and caring lawyer. Since then, I have seen that Franklin gets good results for his clients and works diligently to get them the best result. Anyone would be fortunate to have him as their defense attorney. I highly recommend him.


    James Sullivan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200910/19/2015
NYCurrently registered 200903/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Houston's Best LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Board Certified - Criminal Appellate LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2014
President's AwardTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2012
Member of the YearHarris County Criminal Lawyers' Association2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Houston Law Center2014 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderHarris County Public Defender2011 - 2014
Attorney and Counselor at LawBynum Law Office PLLC2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Taylor v. StateReversed the Court of Appeals
Nangurai v. StateReversed assault conviction, prevented deportation
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)Dealing with Immigration Detainers2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
The University of Texas at AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Training Your Defense Team to WinPre-trial Motions2014
Your Best Motion EverResearch Tips and Presentation of Documents2012
Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationImmigration Consequences2012
County Criminal Court at Law Immigration TrainingAdvising the Non-citizen Client2012
TSU Law School Criminal Law Boot CampCounseling the Non-citizen Client in a Criminal Case2011
Jan. 2011 meeting, Professional Bondsmen of Harris CountyBail Bond Issues for Clients with Immigration Detainers2011
Dec. 2010 meeting, Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationWhat Every Criminal Defense Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law2010