Jesse O. Franklin IV


About Jesse

Jesse 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 assist with commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims.

Prior to joining Schlemlien Fick & Scruggs PLLC, 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. Most recently, Jesse practiced law at K&L Gates (f/k/a Preston Gates & Ellis) for 29 years.


  • Seattle University (Class President), 1983, J.D.
  • University of Washington, 1978, B.A.

Licensed Courts

  • Washington State and Federal Courts
  • Alaska State Courts
  • Colorado State Courts
  • Idaho State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • General Litigation

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Archdiocesan Review Board
  • Washington Rowing Stewards
  • Board for the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center – Board President


  • 1999 – University of Washington – Husky Hall of Fame – Member 1977 Varsity Rowing Team (1977 Henley Royal Regatta - Grand Challenge Cup)
  • 2014 Mentor of the Year – Young Lawyers Division - King County Bar Association