Franklin R. Parker

Chief Counsel

Photograph: Franklin R. Parker
Franklin R. Parker

Franklin R. Parker was sworn in as the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) on February 21, 2012.  As Chief Counsel, Mr. Parker directs and supervises the Office of the Chief Counsel, which provides legal advice and services to all MARAD’s offices.  The Office of the Chief Counsel is fully committed to MARAD’s mission of promoting the development and maintenance of the United States merchant marine, and to ensuring that the United States maintains adequate shipbuilding and repair services, efficient ports, effective intermodal transportation systems, and reserve shipping capacity for use in times of national emergency.

Mr. Parker joined MARAD from the Department of the Navy, where he served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel from August 2009 to February 2012.  In this role, he provided legal advice and support to the General Counsel and Navy Secretariat on the full range of matters within the Office of the General Counsel including Acquisitions; Procurement Fraud; Energy; Intellectual Property; Cybersecurity; and select fiscal, ethics, and personnel matters.  In addition, Mr. Parker played key roles in drafting an implementation support plan for the Department’s acquisition reform initiatives; working as part of the Secretary of the Navy’s team that developed a Gulf Coast Restoration and Recovery Plan for the President following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; participating in the Secretary of Defense’s Comprehensive Review Working Group which examined the issues associated with a repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law and policy; and making substantial contributions to various other high-priority special projects.  From May 2011 to November 2011, Mr. Parker performed the duties of Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and later Civil Recovery Division Director, for the Department of the Navy’s Acquisition Integrity office.  Mr. Parker is the recipient of the Department’s Meritorious Public Service Award, as well as the Distinguished Public Service Award – the latter being the highest form of public service recognition that may be approved by the Secretary of the Navy. 

Immediately prior to joining the Department of the Navy, Mr. Parker practiced at the Washington DC office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation, and legislative and regulatory matters.  Prior to joining Winston and Strawn, Mr. Parker practiced with two other prominent national law firms, specializing in commercial transactions and corporate securities.  Mr. Parker is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.