Franklin E. Hopkins

Attorney

Franklin Hopkins is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is Of Counsel to Feldmann Nagel, LLC. A Texas native, Mr. Hopkins is a graduate of St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. He has ample experience representing physicians, including those who have had their licenses suspended regarding medical marijuana matters (involving allegations of wrongful prescription, etc.), before State Medical Boards. This experience has afforded Mr. Hopkins invaluable insight into the way the Board enforces its policies, allowing him to more effectively represent his physician clients. He also defends various other professional licensees before their respective licensing agencies.

Mr. Hopkins practices before several state and federal agencies, including:

  • Texas Physician Assistant Board
  • Texas State Board of Pharmacy
  • Texas Board of Nursing
  • Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Texas Medical Board
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
  • Texas Department of Insurance
    • Division of Workers’ Compensation
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
    • Texas Department of State Health Services
    • Texas Department of Aging and Disability
  • Texas Workforce Commission
  • Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
  • Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending
  • Department of Defense
  • United States Navy
  • United States Army
  • United States Air Force

Before he began practicing law, 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 nine jury trials and five 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. He now defends those who defend America as a Trial Defense Counsel 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 (including marijuana), to patient deaths. He has 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.

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

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Texas
  • U.S. Military Courts

Education

  • 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 Evidentiary Foundations
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA 2008
    • Completed basic officer military training; completed comprehensive military law course

Awards

  • 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

Professional Organizations

  • 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