Franklin D. Dodge

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Transactional and Litigation representation involving:

Case Highlights and Depth of Experience

Mr. Dodge concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial/corporate/real estate/financial litigation and transactional matters with an emphasis in the area of commercial contract, commercial real estate and business workouts, funding, purchases and sales of businesses and business assets, business bankruptcy, creditors’ distressed commercial real estate assets, corporate and partnership law and arbitration and mediation.

After engaging in private practice and as a corporate counsel for thirteen years in Los Angeles and San Diego, Mr. Dodge was the Vice President and General Counsel of AZL Resources, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, from 1981 to 1984, assisting that American stock exchange company with its successful merger acquisition by TOSCO. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Dodge was Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of TransAmerican Natural Gas Corporation, Houston, Texas, where he headed up the legal department and was a member of the management team that successfully reorganized the $1 billion plus Chapter 11 energy conglomerate. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Dodge served as the chief legal officer and Vice President-Law of Greyhound Financial Corporation (later FINOVA), Phoenix, Arizona, where his area of emphasis was commercial litigation, loan documentation, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and workouts with the company’s borrowers, as well as managing the company’s legal department. In 1990, Mr. Dodge went back into private practice to represent the U. S. Government, as the conservator and/or receiver of virtually all of the failed savings & loan associations in Arizona, as well as in other Western and Southwestern states, addressing the resolution of commercial real estate assets and the securitization and documentation of such transactions. Since 1995, he has continued to represent businesses, business investors and sellers/purchasers of business assets and other debtor, creditor and business entities in corporate and commercial contractual, financial and real estate transactions and in related Federal, state and bankruptcy courts’ litigation. In addition to other recognition, in 2005, Mr. Dodge received the Turnaround of the Year Award from the Arizona Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association for successfully reorganizing a popular local restaurant chain.

Get To Know Troy in His Own Words

“My experiences as the chief legal officer for several private and public corporations in California, Texas and Arizona, together with my years of experiences in private practice representing the U.S. government, financial institutions, investors, business owners and businesses such as restaurants, car washes, auto dealerships, builder/developers, manufacturers, salvage companies and others, have given me the unique ability as an attorney to approach clients’ issues from a broad business perspective enabling the client to reach its objectives in a creative, efficient and cost-effective manner. My experience in alternative dispute resolution has enabled me to counsel effectively when a litigated outcome is not in the best interest of the client.”

Professional Experience/Affiliations

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (serving on several committees)
  • Board Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy, American Board of Certification, State Bars of California and Texas; Board Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy, State Bar of Arizona
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)(past secretary of Arizona Chapter)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (peer selected)
  • Arizona Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)(past board member)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Arizona (ADR — past Chair — and Bankruptcy Sections), California and Texas State Bar Associations; Beverly Hills Bar Association; Federal Bar Association
  • Stanford University Alumni Association; University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association
  • Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa Superior Court for Civil and Probate settlement conferences
  • Mediator: Approved Panel of Mediators for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona ; American Arbitration Association Mediator; private mediations and settlement conferences
  • Arbitrator: Maricopa County Superior Court mandatory arbitration matters since 1994; Commercial Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau since 2000.
  • In 2005, Receipt of the Certificate of Recognition of the Trial Courts of Arizona in Maricopa County for service and assistance in ADR.
  • Lectured extensively for more than ten years to State and local bar associations, businesses and organizations on business bankruptcy, distressed assets, defaulted loan obligations and related procedures and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as published articles and seminar outlines on these topics
  • Leadership Circle, Phoenix Children’s Hospital


  • A.B. Stanford University
  • J.D. University of Texas, School of Law
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation Workshop (2012)

Bar Admissions

  • Federal and State Courts of Arizona
  • Federal and State Courts of California
  • Federal and State Courts of Texas
  • Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal

Presentations and Publications

  • “The Gerhard Doctrine of Abandonment: Outlook for California’s Oil & Gas Industry”, Land and Water Law Review, University of Wyoming, Vol. VI, No.2.


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