E. Franklin Hopkins IV
Franklin Hopkins attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate
studies, graduating with a BA in Government and History in 2003. He attended
law school at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio,
graduating in 2007.
Mr. Hopkins was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States
Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2008 and served on active duty
from 2008 to 2012. During that time, Mr. Hopkins served as a Trial Counsel,
Senior Prosecutor, and Chief of Military Justice, and worked at Fort Hood
in Killeen, Texas; Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas; and deployed
to Iraq in 2010. While in Baghdad, Iraq, Mr. Hopkins was a felony prosecutor
for all U.S. Forces in Iraq and second-chaired junior prosecutors. He
was awarded the
Defense Meritorious Service Medal for trying the most cases in Iraq for 2010.
While at Fort Hood Texas, Mr. Hopkins prosecuted cases ranging from sexual
assault to robbery to wrongful drug use, and tried over 30 Soldiers in
Courts-Martial, including 9 jury trials and 5 bench trials. He was awarded the
Army Commendation Medal for being recognized as top the prosecutor at Fort Hood. At Fort Sam Houston
as the Chief of Military Justice, he oversaw the prosecution of all criminal
matters for units totaling 10,000 soldiers.
Mr. Hopkins joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps Reserves in 2013 and was promoted
to Major in 2014. Since August 2015, he has been a Major in the Texas
Army National Guard. He now defends those who defend America as a Trial
Defense Services Attorney and has successfully defended numerous soldiers
in administrative proceedings resulting in retention in the Army Reserves
or an Honorable Discharge.
In July 2012, Mr. Hopkins returned to Austin where he immediately began
working at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department)
as a prosecutor. He successfully prosecuted the first and to this day,
only emergency hearing in Department history and obtained a Final Order
shutting down all the elevators in a Dallas, Texas hotel.
Mr. Hopkins joined the Texas Medical Board (Board) in March 2013 as a Staff
Attorney in their Litigation Department. At the Board, he tried over 100
ISCs involving everything from inadequate medical records, to non-therapeutic
prescribing of controlled substances, to patient deaths. He successfully
resolved numerous cases at the State Office of Administrative Hearings
(SOAH) through Mediation, while also litigating contested cases. Mr. Hopkins'
Board experience includes handling temporary suspension hearings, voluntary
surrenders, and revocations.
He joined Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C., in July 2014, where he focuses
on medical license defense, military justice defense, and administrative
law. Mr. Hopkins applies his experience from the Board and Military to
provide highly individualized advice to his physician and service-member clients.
Areas of Practice
- Military Justice Defense
- Medical License Defense
- Administrative Law
- Supreme Court of Texas
- U.S. Military Courts
The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Government
and History 2003
- 2003 Normandy Scholars Program
St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, TX, Juris Doctor 2007
- Contributed to Military Criminal Justice & Procedures & Military
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA 2008
- Completed basic officer military training; completed comprehensive military
Super Lawyer Rising Stars 2018
Defense Meritorious Service Medal for trying the most cases in Iraq in 2010 as a
Senior Prosecutor, Baghdad, Iraq
Army Commendation Medal - Recognized as top prosecutor at Fort Hood, TX, 2008-2011
- Associate, Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court
- CLE Co-Chairman for Administrative Law Section of the Austin Bar Association (ABA)
- 2013 Austin Young Lawyer's Association (AYLA) Leadership Academy
- Young Texans Against Cancer
- Texas Exes Life Member
- Longhorn Foundation