Tal Franklin began his professional career as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor-1 (JRC-1) in the maximum-security unit of a juvenile detention facility operated by the state of Washington. As part of an interventionist staff, he helped protect individuals from further victimizing each other while serving their sentences for murder, rape, armed robbery, assault, and other serious crimes. He also counseled these individuals and was involved in the successful capture of several escapees from minimum-security units, including those serving sentences for murder, rape, and assault.
Following his time as a JRC-1, Tal taught sociology at the University of Washington, both as a teaching assistant and as a full instructor. He subsequently taught sociology as an instructor at Highline Community College.
In 1997, Tal received the Mecklenburg County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program Award for Exemplary Service to the Indigent for his pro bono work obtaining protective orders for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. This work also earned him the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 E. Randolph Williams award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. In 2002, he was the Co-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Activities Committee, for which he also served as Co-Vice-Chair in 2001.
Tal is the author or co-author of four legal treatises including the forthcoming School Sexual Assault Policy Handbook (Penobscot 2015).
In 2010, Tal started Talcott Franklin P.C., a boutique law firm with an international client base, which by 2015 had grown to over 20 senior attorneys licensed in twelve states, plus the District of Columbia. The firm has been featured on television, radio, and print media, including CNBC, NPR, the cover page of the Wall Street Journal business section, Bloomberg, HousingWire, and numerous other outlets. Prior to starting Talcott Franklin P.C., Tal was an equity partner, Deputy Chair of Litigation firm-wide, and Dallas office head of litigation at the international law firm Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs LLP).
In 1983, Tal graduated from South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, and attended Gonzaga University on the M.M. Conway Speech and Debate Scholarship, while serving as debate coach for a local high school. After two years, he transferred to the University of Washington, where he received both a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology in 1988 and 1992, respectively, and as an undergraduate was a member and Rush Chairman of Acacia Fraternity. In 1995, he graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was a Staff Writer and Editor in Chief of the Washington & Lee Law Review, a member of Order of the Coif, and the recipient of the Robert and Anne Banse Honor Scholarship.
Tal is the father of three daughters: Ava (b. 2003), Charlotte (b.2005), and Virginia (b. 2008), and husband to wife Jennifer.