Franklin Lee, Esquire

Franklin M. Lee is a partner in the Baltimore-based law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP. Prior to entering private practice in 2002, he served sixteen years as Chief Counsel for the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. (“MBELDEF”).  MBELDEF is a national non-profit public interest law firm founded by former Maryland Congressman Parren J. Mitchell to defend the class interests of the minority business community.   As Chief Counsel of MBELDEF, Mr. Lee was directly involved in the preparation of pleadings and briefs in

Supreme Court cases involving the constitutionality of minority business programs such as J.A. Croson v. City of Richmond, Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena, and Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Mineta. More recently, his duties have included providing state and local governments with MBE program litigation defense, policy review, and policy development services to bring minority business programs into compliance with the law, and to establish commercial non-discrimination policies to prevent local governments from engaging in business with firms that discriminate.  Mr. Lee is a leading authority on commercial nondiscrimination policies and has authored such legislation for several local governments including the Palm Beach County School District and the cities of Baltimore; San Diego; Columbia, SC; and Charlotte, NC.  Most recently, his legislation was enacted by the State of Maryland making it the first state in the nation to adopt such a commercial nondiscrimination policy.  In addition, from 1980 through 1986, Mr. Lee served as a general antitrust litigation attorney for the Federal Trade Commission.  He has also served on the Governor’s Commission for MBE Reform and two other Maryland Task Forces on Centralized Bidder Registration and Lending Equity. Mr. Lee holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.