Editor's note: This excerpt highlights coverage in this month's HW Magazine. Subscribe now to get the full story. Talcott Franklin wasn't always a lawyer, even though it's hard today to associate him with anything else. Indeed, way before Franklin moved into a fairly modest two-story brick conversion in the affluent Park View neighborhood of Dallas, "in the house that Patton Boggs built" (referring to his former firm), he worked in rural Washington state as a guard in a juvenile correction facility. "You never get used to people always lying to you, while thinking about ways to hurt you, to even kill you," he says of his time guarding young offenders, holding nothing but a radio, handcuffs and heavy flashlight.