Panelist Profile: Franco, Jr., John J

John J Franco JR

Franco, Jr., John J

San Antonio, TX

Attorney; Mediator; Arbitrator


The George Washington Univ. National Law Center, L.L.M., Labor Law, 1971; University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1960; University of Mississippi; B.A., 1959.


John Franco practices in all areas of Labor and Employment Law, representing employers before state and federal courts and agencies in connection with claims involving equal employment opportunity laws, unfair labor practice charges, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation, state law tort and contract claims, OSHA inspections and citations, ERISA litigation, and worker compensation retaliation claims. He also counsels clients regarding proposed disciplinary and discharge actions, family and medical leave and disability issues, wage and hour law compliance, restrictive employment covenants and proposed personnel policies, procedures and handbooks. He has vast experience in the trial of labor and employment cases before juries, which serves as a valuable resource in assisting clients to avoid costly litigation and employment disputes. He also serves as a mediator, effectively utilizing his litigation experience. Mr. Franco is experienced in both private and public sector labor and employment relations and disputes. As a member of The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Department, he served as the Chief Labor Counsel for the Air Force before entering private practice as a labor attorney in 1981. In addition to representing private sector employers, he has represented state and local governmental entities, schools and colleges. Thus, he has a keen insight into the challenges facing employers in a wide range of work environments. Mr. Franco has been an adjunct professor at several universities across the country, including serving as guest lecturer in Labor Law at The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School from 1978 to 1981. He is a frequent speaker at employment-related seminars and has authored numerous papers and articles on Labor and Employment Law. He was on the Editorial Advisory Board for the two-volume work on “Texas Employment Law.” Mr. Franco has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine (2003-current) and has also been chosen as one of San Antonio’s Best Attorneys by the Scene in SA Magazine. He is also listed in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.

Area of Specialization

Labor and Employment Law; Civil Rights & Employment Discrimination; ERISA & Wage and Hour Litigation; OSHA Defense.

Membership & Affiliations

Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; Member of State Labor and Employment Law Developments Committee; Former President and current member of Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter; Life Fellow, State Bar of Texas, Member of Labor and Employment Law Section, Member and Former Chairman of Military Law Section; Mississippi State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section; Life Fellow, San Antonio Bar Association, Member of Fee Disputes Committee; Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member of Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; Secretary, Air Force Retired Judge Advocates Association; Board of Advisors, Member, Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, Volunteer Mediator; Association of Attorney Mediators, San Antonio Chapter, Alamo Area Mediators Association.


full-day mediation is $750 per party and for a half-day is $450

John Franco, Jr. is an experienced panelist for Conflict Solutions of Texas, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. CS of TX offers a broad range of services to resolve disputes and are designed to be more cost-effective and timely than conventional arbitration offerings.