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‘Leading Lawyers’ profiles local attorneys

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MARENGO – Herb and Jack Franks, of the McHenry County law firm Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, are featured in the August edition of “Leading Lawyers Magazine.”

Published quarterly, Leading Lawyers Magazine is a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which has served the legal and business communities of the Chicago area for more than 150 years.

Herb Franks is the managing partner of the firm and specializes in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. Jack Franks, Herb’s son and also a partner, focuses on complex commercial litigation, general business law, injury law and multinational and commercial litigation. Jack Franks is the state representative for the 63rd District, which includes the north and west parts of McHenry County.

Securing the first million-dollar judgment in McHenry County, Herb Franks has a statewide and national reputation. He participates in professional leadership groups such as Lawyers Trust Fund and the Courts Commission and is a former president of the Illinois Bar Association.

Jack Franks initiated impeachment proceedings against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, leading to his removal.

Natives to the Marengo area, Herb Franks started practicing law in 1961. In 1972, He built a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired office building on farmland his father purchased in 1943 where Franks, Gerkin & McKenna is located. The office is at 19333 E. Grant Highway, Marengo.

Herb Franks completed his undergraduate work at Roosevelt University in Chicago and completed his legal education at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1960. Before opening his own firm, Herb Franks was a partner at Canfield, Canfield and Franks in Rockford for 11 years.  

Jack Franks joined the practice in 1993. Jack Franks completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied abroad in both Brazil and London. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jack Franks obtained his law degree at the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. 

Franks, Gerkin & McKenna has grown since 1972. It now has 10 attorneys and is one of the largest firms in the area. 

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