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Louisiana criminal defense trial lawyer 


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    10 years



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  • William James Luse

    I endorse this lawyer. Franz is a top self litigator and a great lawyer. I would highly recomend him to any friend or family member who was charged with a crime.


    William Luse Car accident Attorney
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  • Michael S Ogden Jr

    Franz is the guy you want in your corner. He's very well connected and incredibly savvy. He taught me as a law student. I'm a lawyer now and I still go to him when I need legal advice.


    Michael Ogden Family Attorney
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LAEligible to practice law200608/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Blackstone 10:1 AwardLACDL2011
Camille F. Gravel, Jr. LACDL Scholarship.LACDL2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Steven J. Moore2012 - Present
Trial AttorneyEast Baton Rouge Office of Public Defender2009 - Present
Adjunct InstructorBaton Rouge Community College2008 - Present
AttorneyLouisiana Middle District Federal Court CJA Training Panel2008 - Present
Felony Assistant District AttorneyEast Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office2012 - 2012
OwnerFranz N. Borghardt, Attorney at Law, LLC2012 - 2012
Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Tony Marabella19th Judicial District Court2008 - 2009
Law ClerkLouisiana Secretary of State2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana Legislature Law Enforcement Task Force on Body CamerasChairman2015 - Present
Louisiana Public Defender BoardBoard Member2015 - Present
East Baton Rouge Alcohol Beverage Control BoardBoard Member2015 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2011 - Present
Trial Lawyers CollegeGraduate of Death Penalty Seminar2011 - Present
Louisiana Criminal Defense CollegeN/A2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysDistrict Director2010 - Present
Trial Lawyers CollegeAlumni and member of Louisiana regional group2010 - Present
Trial Lawyers CollegeGraduate2010 - Present
National Criminal Defense CollegeGraduate2010 - Present
Paul M. Hebert LSU Law CenterFlory Trial Judge2008 - Present
US Fifth Circuit Court of AppealMember of the Bar2006 - Present
Louisiana Middle District Federal CourtMember of the Bar2006 - Present
Louisiana Federal Eastern DistrictMember of the Bar2006 - Present
• Wex Malone American Inns of CourtMember2005 - Present
Phi Beta Kappa Honor SocietyMember2001 - Present
Paul M. Hebert LSU Law CenterMoot Court Instructor2010 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Donte CollinsAmended lesser charge
State v. Rodney ColePlea to amended lesser charge
State v. Linda JonesPled to responsive charge of Manslaughter
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Publication nameTitleDate
"Around the Bar" BRBA MagazineRiley v. California: The Cost of Privacy: Warrantless Searches of Cellphones Subsequent to Lawful Arrests2014
"Around the Bar" BRBA MagazinePost-trial Prospective of a Jury Foreperson2014
Around the Bar, Baton Rouge Bar Association MagazineSocial network information sharing of viral media and its effect on jury selection2011
Baton Rouge Business Report"Order in the Court" by Penny Font2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor2006
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawOther - Bachelors2006
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeClassical LatinBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LACDL Law and All That Jazz CLEThe Art of Criminal Defense Warfare2016
LACDL HOMICIDE CLEVoir Dire in Homicide Cases2016
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Professional DayEthics2016
Wex S. Malone American Inn of Court MeetingCollateral Concerns: Criminal and Civil Issues2015
LACDL Sex Offense SeminarTheory and Theme Development in Contact and Non-Contact Sex Offense Cases2015
LACDL DWI CLECreative Ways to Combat DWI Cases2015
How to Persuade Judges and JuriesLegal Ethics: Guidelines for Investigating and Communication with Jurors2015
How to Persuade Judges and JuriesJury Selection/ Voir Dire: Building a Favorable Jury Composition2015
Baton Rouge Police DWI Task force SeminarDWI Cases: Police Action and Courtroom Performance2015
Baton Rouge Bar Association Last Chance CLECollateral Damage: When Civil and Criminal Law Issues Develop and Overlap in Cases*2015
Domestic Violence CLEDomestic Abuse Violence and Firearm Rights2014
BRBA Last Chance CLEJury Selection: Challenges for Cause and Hidden Bias2014
Baton Rouge Bar Association Bench Bar CLEDWI/DUI Standard Field Sobriety Test and Wet Lab Panel2014
CLE By the HourVoir Dire2013
CLE By the HourDWI Checkpoints2013
2013 Bench BarDWI Checkpoints2013
Voir Dire SeminarJury Selection: "Rules of the Road"2011
Baton Rouge Bar Association CLEVoir Dire on the Unspeakable: Complex topics during jury selection2011
LSU Political Science LectureCriminal Defense Lawyering2010