The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council inducted Franklin M. Lee, a partner at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, into its MBE Leaders and Legends Hall of Fame. Mr. Lee was chosen for this lifetime achievement award because of his tireless advocacy for small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses in government contracting. According to Sharon Pinder, CEO at CRMSDC, Mr. Lee “has immensely inspired our community through his remarkable accomplishments, business acumen, philanthropy, and innovation. This induction provides an opportunity to honor his dedication to changing the landscape for MBE’s around the globe.”
Mr. Lee said he was “deeply honored and humbled by this award. I am privileged to be inducted with the late Congressman Parren J. Mitchell and Anthony Robinson of MBELDEF. Both have exemplified public service and leadership, fighting to provide equity and opportunity for all minority business entrepreneurs.”
In his law practice, Mr. Lee represents businesses in navigating the intricacies of minority and disadvantaged business policies and regulations. In addition to his work with MBE/WBE clients, Mr. Lee advises major corporate clients regarding compliance with socio-economic government policies, regulations, and programs. Finally, Mr. Lee’s representation extends to government clients regarding the development of various effective and legally defensible procurement and public contracting policies.
There has been broad recognition of Mr. Lee’s achievements through the years, and he has been honored to receive the 2021 Parren J. Mitchell Crusader Award from the American Contract Compliance Association for his steadfast service as an instructor and advocate for contract compliance officials; the 2013 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record; the 2009 Legal Elite recognition from SmartCEO Magazine; the 2008 Congressman Parren J. Mitchell Vanguard for Justice Award from the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise; the 2008 President’s Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee Bridging the Gap Initiative; the 2007 Founder’s Award from the University of Maryland School of Law’s Black Law Student Association; and the Unsung Hero Award from the Maryland Office of Minority Affairs in 2005. He was appointed to the Maryland Governor's Commission on MBE Reform in 2003.
Tydings is a Maryland-based law firm serving clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The firm provides a wide range of legal services in a variety of areas, including bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, corporate, business, and tax, general and commercial litigation, health care provider representation, employment counseling and litigation, IP, real estate, estates and trusts, and family law.