Butler Snow attorney Franklin D. Rosenblatt has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ). Founded in 1991, NIMJ is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the fair administration of justice in the armed forces and improved public understanding of military justice. NIMJ’s leadership includes former judge advocates, private practitioners and legal scholars.
Rosenblatt practices within Butler Snow’s Commercial Litigation group in Jackson, Miss. He is also the Team Leader of the firm’s Military and National Security Law team. Prior to joining Butler Snow, Rosenblatt retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with more than 12 years of experience serving in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a prosecutor, legal advisor and defense attorney. As a prosecutor, he tried dozens of international, financial and violent crimes cases to verdict. Additionally, he successfully prosecuted four terrorism suspects in the Iraqi court system of Kirkuk, Iraq. As a defense attorney from 2014 to 2018, Rosenblatt served as lead military defense counsel for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in the most publicized court-martial in American history. Most recently, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia.
Rosenblatt has won national recognition for his legal writing, having authored book chapters and co-authored military law textbooks. He has also been invited to speak about litigation and internal investigations to several of the world’s flagship institutions, including Yale Law School, The Hoover Institution, The Pentagon and The Peace Palace in The Hague.
Rosenblatt is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, where he serves as Vice President for Criminal Law of the United States Chapter. He received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Master of Laws from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.