Franklin E. Hopkins IV

Franklin Hopkins

We at Wildlife Lawyers take great pride in having Attorney Franklin E. Hopkins IV on our legal team. Besides wildlife violations, his areas of practice include military justice defense, medical license defense, and administrative law. Attorney Hopkins gained extensive experience in the military justice system. He 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, he served as a trial counsel, senior prosecutor, and chief of military justice. He prosecuted cases ranging from sexual assault to robbery to wrongful drug use, and tried over 30 Soldiers in Courts-Martial, including 9 jury trials and 5 bench trials.

As Chief of Military Justice at Fort Sam Houston, he oversaw the prosecution of all criminal matters for units totaling 10,000 soldiers. During his deployment to Iraq in 2010, Attorney 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.

In 2013, Attorney Hopkins joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps Reserves and was promoted to Major the next year. As trial defense counsel, he has successfully defended numerous soldiers in administrative proceedings resulting in retention in the Army Reserves or an Honorable Discharge. He returned to Austin in 2012, 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 hotel. In 2014, he joined Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C. As a Colorado wildlife attorney, he works diligently to preserve the fishing and hunting privileges of the men and women our firm represents.

Have questions? Contact our office to seek Attorney Hopkins’ legal guidance.


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D. – 2007
  • The University of Texas, B.A. Government and History – 2003
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School – 2008

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Longhorn Foundation
  • Young Texans Against Cancer
  • Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court
  • Texas Exes Life Member
  • Austin Bar Association, Administrative Law Section
  • 2013 Austin Young Lawyer’s Association Leadership Academy


  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars 2018
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Feldmann Nagel Cantafio & Song, PLLC
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  • The American Trial Lawyers Association | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 10 Best | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys