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Alison Elko Franklin
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
3333 Piedmont Road, NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta GA USA, 30305
T: 678-553-7345
F: 678-553-7323

Professional Bio:

Alison Elko Franklin is a Shareholder with the Restucturing and Bankruptcy Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She focuses her practice on advising debtors, trustees, creditors' committees, and creditors in corporate reorganizations, municipal reform, creditors' rights litigation, and distressed transactions. She represents clients in Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 9 municipal debt adjustments, Chapter 15 cross-border insolvency proceedings, and Chapter 7 liquidations.

Alison prosecutes and defends bankruptcy litigation matters, including plan and claims objections, cash collateral disputes, stay relief issues, sale issues, and avoidance actions. She counsels examiners, receivers, and creditors in fraud investigations and commercial litigation in federal and state courts, in addition to representing clients in bankruptcy appeals to district and circuit courts. Alison also represents purchasers in 363 sales, as well as various parties in problem loan workouts, forbearance agreements, and other distressed transactions.

Some of her notable engagements include representing the examiner in the investigation of a proposed multi-billion dollar settlement, a secured creditor owed $4.1 billion in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a national hotel chain, a creditors' committee where creditors received payment in full and a municipal debtor in a contested Chapter 9 case. Prior to private practice, Alison served as a law clerk to the Honorable C. Ray Mullins, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.

Alison has served as a Director-at-Large and Vice Director of Programs on the IWIRC International Board. Having served on the IWIRC-Georgia Network Board for over a decade, she was a Co-Chair when the Georgia Network received the Ryan Award. She was named as one of five Semi-Finalists for the inaugural IWIRC Rising Star Award. Alison is the 2019 recipient of the David W. Pollard Achievement Award presented by the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association to a member of the Atlanta bar who best exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the bankruptcy practice. She has been named “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “On the Rise” by the Daily Report, “Rising Star” in Restructuring and Insolvency by the IFLR1000, “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy Law by Georgia Trend, and to the “Super Lawyer Rising Star” list for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights by Atlanta Magazine.

Alison is the vice chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), having previously chaired the Next Generation Program of the TMA Atlanta Chapter and served on the global Executive Committee for the TMA Next Generation Program. She also chaired the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and is a Barrister of the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and a member of the Emory University School of Law Alumni Board.

Alison serves as a leader in numerous pro bono projects, having cofounded the Reaffirmation Project, the Low Income Creditor Assistance Project, and the Georgia State University College of Law Bankruptcy Assistance and Practice Program. Additionally, she chairs the Advisory Committee for the Modest Means Program and volunteers with several non-profit organizations.

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