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Herb Franks grew up on a dairy farm in Marengo, Illinois. And as a young man working early and long hours milking cows, he knew he wanted more out of life.

So he became a lawyer—but he didn’t forget his roots. Franks Gerkin McKenna, the law firm he started, is actually located on that same farmland where Herbert used to milk cows.

Herb began his law career in 1961, and was a partner in a law firm in Rockford, Illinois. He won the first million dollar jury verdict in McHenry County.  After winning this case and others, he opened his first office in Marengo.  His legacy in McHenry County is distinguished and undeniable.  He was the only president of the Illinois State Bar Association to come out of McHenry County.

His favorite part of being an attorney is helping people that really need help. He is honored when people pick him to be their attorney. He passionately fights for the underdog and focuses on the needs of the client.

He is a prodigious reader, and he and his wife, Eileen, enjoy watching Madam Secretary and The Good Wife. Herb is also an avid fisherman. He has even found success on the Professional Walleye Trail.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 34%
    54 years
  2. Banking: 33%
    54 years
  3. Personal Injury: 33%
    54 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Herbert H. Franks

19333 East Grant Highway
Marengo, IL, 60152


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law196105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
HonoreeIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
HonoreeUnited States District Court2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
HonoreeIllinois State Bar Association2002
HonoreeIllinois Bar Foundation2002
Honaray Doctor of Human LettersForest Institite of Professional PsychologyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentFranks, Gerkin & McKenna1961 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
McHenry County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurer1985 - 1986
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Doe Vs. Employer$960,000
Mary Doe vs. Trucking CompanyRecovered $1,200,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Law & PracticeLaw Partition1960
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1960
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
To many to listManyN/A