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Jeffrey A. Franklin is a general Civil, Business, Energy and Utility, Real Estate and Technology attorney and consultant who represents clients in a way that maximizes their opportunity to achieve their business goals. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience, primarily in the areas of electric, gas, telecommunication, alternative energy and water regulation, and also has extensive experience in technology, Internet and computer law and e-discovery issues.


Mr. Franklin is an attorney focusing on administrative law, power projects, registered securities, eminent domain, computer law, e-discovery, gaming law, and civil litigation areas before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has written and published work primarily in the areas of computer law, cybersecurity, e-discovery, gaming law, and copyright infringement. He serves as volunteer counsel for the American Radio Relay League and a Pennsylvania rails-to-trails organization.

Mr. Franklin is a graduate of Bucknell University, attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and The American University, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he also served as Executive Editor and Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce.

Mr. Franklin is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Federal District Court, in addition to the several Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), vice-chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Committee; Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Gaming Law, Utility, and Technology Sections and Committees; and various other ABA and PBA committees; the Berks County Bar Association where he serves as Treasurer and Chairman of the Technology Committee and Past Chairman of Law Practice Management Section; Energy Bar Association (EBA); Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA); the International Association of Gaming Attorneys - International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA); Computer Law Association (CLA) - International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw); IEEE Computer Society; Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP); and Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry Technology Committee. Mr. Franklin has been peer review rated "Very High" for legal ability and ethical standards.  He has also been named to Best Lawyers In America.


Practice areas


  1. Energy: 10%
    26 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Oil & Gas: 9%
    26 years
  3. Internet: 6%
    18 years
  4. Real Estate: 6%
    26 years
  5. Other: 69%
  6. More 



Hourly ($1-600/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

42 South Fifth St.
Reading, PA, 19602

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

2015 Hamilton St.
Suite 101
Allentown, PA, 18101

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

2081 East High St.
Pottstown, PA, 19464

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

910 N. Hanover St.
Elizabethtown, PA, 17022

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

646 Lenape Rd.
Bechtelsville, PA, 19505

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

825 Chestnut St.
1st Floor Front
Lebanan, PA, 17042

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

311 North Sumneytown Pike
North Wales, PA, 19454

Prince Law Offices,P.C.

101 Pennsylvania Ave
Reading, PA, 19606-9406



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Special Presidential Award for Technology LeadershipBerks County Bar Association2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Presidential Award of MeritBerks County Bar Association2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Madison Who's Who Among Professionals Honors EditionMadison Who's Who2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Berks County Bar Association for LeadershipBerks County Bar Association2008
Berks County Bar Association for LeadershipBerks County Bar Association2004
Friend of the River AwardSchuylkill River Greenway Association2003
Executive EditorUniversity of Pittsburgh Law School Journal of Law and Commerce1990
Associate EditorUniversity of Pittsburgh Law School Journal of Law and Commerce1989
State Advisory CommitteePA Department of Education1983
peer review ratedN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPrince Law Offices, P.C.2014 - Present
PrincipalBrightLine Tech Solutions, LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyBuchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC2011 - 2014
Partner and CIORyan, Russell, Ogden & Seltzer P.C.1990 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationShale Energy Law Committee2014 - Present
Marcellus Shale CoalitionMember2011 - Present
Endlich Law ClubPast President2006 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Berks County Bar AssociationChairman Technology Committee2000 - Present
International Technology Law AssociationMember1990 - Present
Federal Communications Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Energy Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Co-chair Sci-Tech Telecommunications Law1990 - Present
Berks County Bar AssociationMember, past Treasurer, Board of Directors, Committee Chair1990 - Present
Berks County Bar AssociationTreasurer2008 - 2011
The International Association of Gaming AdvisorsMember2004 - 2011
Berks County Bar AssociationChairman Law Practice Management2000 - 2006
Computer Law AssociationMember1990 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pa. Elec. Co. v. Pa. Puc, 544 Pa. 475; 677 A.2d 831 (Pa.S.Ct. 1996)In favor of our client, Penelec
Pa. Indus. Energy Coalition v. Pa. Puc, No. 543 Pa. 307; 670 A.2d 1152Affirmed the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
Tioga Pres. Group v. Tioga County Planning Comm'n, 970 A.2d 1200; 2009 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 77In favor of our client, AES Armenia Mountain Wind LLC
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Publication nameTitleDate
Central Pennsylvania Business JournalLaw firms among businesses testing the cybersecurity waters2016
The Berks BarristerCyber Insurance for Law Firms2016
American Bar Association GPSolo MagazineCyber Insurance for Law Firms2016
The Berks BarristerAPPs for Lawyers - The Apple List2016
The Berks BarristerRansomware: Is Your Data Safe?2015
The Berks BarristerCybersecurity for Law Firms2015
The Berks BarristerSearch Like a Pro2015
TechnoLawyerLaw Firm Backup Software2015
NBI and WestLegal Ethics Online2014
Clear Law InstituteLegal Ethics When Lawyers Are Online2014
NBI and WestLegal Ethics Online2013
Anatomy of a Project - Predevelopment and Construction PhasesPower Law 20122012
Pennsylvania Water Laws and RegulationsPennsylvania Water Laws and Regulations - Water Utility Regulation2012
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the WebFind it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web2012
Drafting Renewable Energy ContractsDrafting Renewable Energy Contracts2011
Renewable Energy 101 CLERenewable Energy - Getting to Megawatts2011
Gaming Industry ObserverPennsylvania Update - It's Plain to See Board's Improved Transparency Under New Chairman2011
Berks BarristerDon't Be A Victim To Fraud2011
American Bar Association publicationHot Topics - Telecommunications and Media Law2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Renewable Energy Siting - Power Law 20112011
Gaming Industry ObserverPGCB Update - Legalization of Table Games Shows State's Deepening Interest in Gaming Industry2010
National Business Institute SeminarFind It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies fro Legal Research on the Web2010
Gaming Industry ObserverPGCB Update - Jurisdiction Over Enforcement to Test Board; Other Challenges2009
TechnoLawyerSynchronized Calendars without Microsoft Exchange2009
Gaming Industry ObserverPGCB Update - Challenges Loom Both Within Gaming Board and in Harrisburg and Beyond2008
The Berks Barristere-Discovery - One Year Later2008
The Berks Website and You2008
WFMZ-TVIs the Music On Your Computer Legal?2008
WFMZ-TVPersonal Email Do's and Don'ts at Your Workplace2008
WFMZ-TVHow Secure is your Wi-Fi Connection?2007
Berks County Bar AssociationBlackberrys, Palm, Microsoft Mobile, Oh My!2007
TechnoLawyerTransport Layer Security (TLS) for Fax and Email Security2007
Gaming Industry ObserverPGCB Update - Three Key Challenges Loom as Board Transitions from Licensor to Regulator2007
TechnoLawyerGoToMyPC v. Windows Remote2007
Gaming Industry ObserverLocal Zoning Is Potential Minefield That Could Delay Gaming For Some Licensees2006
TechnoLawyerHow to Safely Redact PDF Files2006
International Association of Gaming Attorneys (IAGA)Roll Call: Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Update2006
Gaming Industry ObsererPennsylvania Gaming Control Board has Five Critical Challenges Looming for 20062006
Journal of Law and Commerce Law ReviewAuthor: "Copyright Protection of Computer Software After Vault Corp. v. Quaid Software Ltd." Reinterpreting Section 117, 9 J.L. and Com. 133-165 (1990)1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawJuris DoctorateJD - Juris Doctor1990
Bucknell UniversityPolitical ScienceAB1987
American UniversityPolitical ScienceN/AN/A
London School of Economics and Political ScienceN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Search Like a Pro - West and IPESearch Like a Pro2016
Search Like a Pro - West and IPESearch Like a Pro2015
New Tools and Opportunities for Advancing Sound Land UsePennsylvania Pipelines2015
Berks County Bar Association Bench BarSocial Media as Evidence2015
Legal Ethics OnlineLegal Ethics Online2014
Duquesne Law SchoolRenewable Energy Projects2014
Clear Law InstituteLegal Ethics When Lawyers Are Online2014
Public Utility Law ConferencePUC Secretary's Office and Transportion Hot Topics2013
Legal Ethics OnlineLegal Ethics Online2013
Duquesne Law SchoolPermitting Power Projects2013
Power Law 2012Electric Power Generation - Anatomy of a Project2012
Pennsylvania Water Laws and RegulationsPennsylvania Water Laws and Regulations - Water Utility Regulation2012
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the WebFind it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web2012
Ethics and Cloud TechnologyEthics and Cloud Technology2012
Renewable Energy 101Renewable Energy - Getting to Megawatts2011
Power Law 2011Renewable Energy Siting2011
Drafting Renewable Energy ContractsDrafting Renewable Energy Contracts2011
American Bar Association, SciTech SectionHot Topics - Telecommunications and Media Law2011
Power Law 2010Renewable Energy Project Siting - Power Law2010
National Business InstituteFind It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web2010
Berks County Bar AssociationiPhone and BlackBerry Tips, Tricks, and Apps to be a More Productive Attorney2010
Solo and Small Practice Technology TipsEffective utilization of technology in the practice of law2009
SmartPhones for Smart Lawyers and Other Ways to be Productive from the Ski SlopesContinuing Legal Education - SmartPhones2009
Smartphones for Smart LawyersSmartPhones and remote access for ethical and practical lawyers2009
PA Land Use and Environmental Issues Impacting Utility Construction ProjectsUtility and Non-utility Construction Projects2009
Leveraging Your Existing Infrastructure to Reduce Paper RecordsLaw office document management2009
Computer Forensics 101 for LawyersComputer Forensics 101 for Lawyers2008
WFMZ-TV 69 NewsComputer Law - Wi-Fi Security2007
Pennsylvania Public Utility Law conferenceContinued Interplay Between Wholesale and Retail Markets2007
NumerousNumerous 1990 to present2007
Blackberrys, Treos, and SmartPhones, Oh My!Leveraging smartphones2007
Bench-Bar ConferenceElectronic Discovery Best Practices2005