Franklin R. Plummer is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1973. He began the practice of law in 1973 with the law firm of McKeever, Edwards, Davis and Hayes in Bryson City and Murphy, North Carolina until 1976. He has been engaged in the private practice of law in Concord, North Carolina since 1976.
He and Vernon A. Russell have been law partners since 1989. Joseph H. Plummer joined their practice in 2001. Franklin Plummer is a member and former President of the Cabarrus County Bar Association. Also, he is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His primary areas of practice include Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, Family Law and Wills, Trusts and Decedents’ Estates.
Over his long career, he has successfully defended clients in first-degree murder trials as well as trials involving a wide variety of other felonies. However, one of his proudest moments was collecting a lump sum of over $60,000 in past due child support for a woman and her young son who had been forced to live the life of destitute. Franklin was able to learn that the deadbeat father stood to inherit a large sum of money. Mr. Plummer plotted and followed a long series of legal maneuvers to ensure that all sums due the mother for the support of her young son were collected from the father’s inheritance.
While in high school, college and law school, Franklin worked several blue collar jobs, including farm work, textile mill employment, construction work and even climbed electric transmission towers to hang insulators from the arms of towers. He believes that his background has given him a unique empathy and sense of compassion for his clients. He is the son of a US Army colonel who attained that high rank without the benefit of a college degree. Franklin carries on his late father’s creed that “you are what you make of yourself,” and that “you are no better than anyone else, but you are as good as anyone else.”
Mr. Plummer has served on numerous community service boards of directors, including ARC, Cabarrus Group Homes, Samaritan Soup Kitchen, American Cancer Society and Multicultural Youth Group. He has been cited for his volunteer service as a Cabarrus County Teen Court judge over the past twelve years. He belongs to American Legion Posts in Concord, having received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserves as a captain. He and his wife, Sharon, are active members of First Baptist Church, Concord, where he serves as Deacon and Church President. Frank is an original investor in Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina. He cherishes the outdoors and particularly enjoys hiking in the North Carolina Mountains.