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 did not want to milk cows for a living.
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 Herb 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. Herb is also an avid fisherman. He has even found success on the Professional Walleye Trail.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1961||10/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Honoree||Illinois Leading Lawyer Network||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Honoree||United States District Court||2008|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|Honoree||Illinois State Bar Association||2002|
|Honoree||Illinois Bar Foundation||2002|
|Honaray Doctor of Human Letters||Forest Institite of Professional Psychology||N/A|
|President||Franks, Gerkin & McKenna||1961 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|McHenry County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Association||President||2000 - 2001|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Treasurer||1985 - 1986|
|Florida Law & Practice||Law Partition||1960|
|American University, Washington College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1960|
|To many to list||Many||N/A|
|John Doe Vs. Employer||$960,000|
|Mary Doe vs. Trucking Company||Recovered $1,200,000|
Posted by Kevin
October 18, 2017