Butler Snow attorney Franklin D. Rosenblatt is set to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Annual Conference of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. His presentation, titled “Stand By Me: Defending the Accused Deserter Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,” will detail Rosenblatt’s time as a defense attorney from 2014 to 2018 in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During that time, Rosenblatt served as lead military defense counsel for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in the most publicized court-martial in American history. More information about the conference can be found here.
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. 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 also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Military Justice. Rosenblatt 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.