Denson N. Franklin  III - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Denson N. Franklin III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

D.'s primary areas of practice include corporate counsel, mergers and acquisitions, finance transaction and federal and state securities matters. He represents a variety of clients ranging from established companies with global operations to early stage businesses.

D. advises companies on a broad range of issues affecting their business, including clients in the information services, construction and engineering, distribution and service, construction materials, transportation, technology and manufacturing industries. He has assisted a number of clients in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings, and regularly counsels companies and their boards with respect to corporate governance and compliance issues.

D. is listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law. He is also recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in the area of Corporate law.

Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1988Birmingham-Southern CollegeBA 1985
Rotary Club of BirminghamBirmingham-Southern College, Board of TrusteesUnited Way of Central Alabama, Tocqueville Society

Client Comments

"He is an excellent lawyer. Very bright, he is client-focused and does a good job."

"Out of the many, many lawyers that I know professionally and personally, Denson Franklin has the sharpest mind, the savviest legal intelligence, the ability to read situations, and negotiate effectively in any given situation. His demeanor is unwaveringly professional. He is insightful, has a firm grasp on our business and our needs, is a very valuable, well liked, incredibly consistent, and, most importantly, a trusted counselor to me, my executive team, and our board of directors. I do not know of another attorney that I trust more from a professional, personal, or corporate perspective. "Excellence" is the word that I would use to describe Denson's approach to his legal practice."

-Burgess Thomasson, Jr.
DailyAccess Corporation

"Denson Franklin has been a valued partner in our business. His efforts to understand our business have positioned us to have a business partnership in which we can rely on his knowledge of our business in providing us legal guidance."

"D Franklin is a lawyer who takes the time to understand our business issues, resulting in a valuable partnership in which he is a strategic resource for our business."

"Mr. Franklin has been working with our organization for over nine years. In the early days, as a start-up company, our demands were high and legal counsel critical. Throughout the course of our relationship, Mr. Franklin has not only been exceedingly professional, timely, and effective, but he has also served as a trusted advisor. Excellent at relationship and expectation management, he has assisted us through both bad times and good - while always looking out for our best interests. As one of my most trusted counselors, he would be very difficult, or impossible, to replace. I continue to look forward to working with Mr. Franklin for years to come."

-Tommy Thomasson
President & CEO
DailyAccess Corporation

"D is the ultimate professional. He is always thorough and organized, a pleasure to work with, and challenging in his analysis of the facts. His conclusions are always well researched, thought out, and meticulously supported. He is simply one of the best lawyers I work with. "

Office Location

One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law of the Birmingham Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance Law of the Birmingham Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Birmingham Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Birmingham Metro Area
Denson N. Franklin III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Denson N. Franklin III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Denson N. Franklin III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Denson N. Franklin III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law (Business Planning, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Cross-Border, Family Businesses, General Corporate, International, IPO, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Structuring of Business Entities, Transactions)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Funds, Venture Capital)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Business Planning, Emerging Business, Joint Ventures, Private, Private Equity, Private Placements, Securities, Transactions)