Jesse O. Franklin IV


Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC
66 S. Hanford St
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Tel: 206.268.3392


Mr. Franklin has been recognized annually since 2007 by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in construction law, including construction litigation. Jesse assists private individuals and companies, and public entities with drafting, negotiating and enforcing design, engineering and construction agreements. Through the years Jesse has advised on issues involving private homes, vacation properties, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, data centers, an Aker H-3 propulsion assisted semi-submersible oil rig, office buildings and towers, public schools and facilities, and public facilities including bridges and art museums.

In addition to advising clients on design and construction related matters, Jesse assists with commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims.

Prior to joining Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC , Jesse practiced law at K&L Gates, LLP (f/k/a Preston Gates & Ellis) for 29 years, and prior to K&L Gates,  Jesse was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Criminal Division for five years where he spent two years working with the Sexual Assault Unit. Jesse is admitted to practice in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

The construction industry and the ever-changing legal issues specific to construction and development are unique and complex. Our attorneys employ many years of experience in understanding and efficiently resolving those issues.

Our construction attorneys have successfully assisted public and private property owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, sureties, subcontractors, and suppliers.

We are a Seattle based law firm with decades of experience handling trials, arbitrations and mediations in state and federal courts, as well as providing expertise on complex litigation issues, broad–based business advice, and preventive counseling to keep our clients out of disputes.

We focus on litigation, real estate, business, and construction. Our firm is lean enough to ensure our clients’​ access to senior partners and our talented staff equips us to provide a broad array of legal services in a practical and efficient manner.