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Herbert Hoover Franks

Workers compensation Attorney at Marengo, IL

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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 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.

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Licensed for 61 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1961
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Herbert H. Franks
19333 East Grant Highway
Marengo, IL, 60152

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Posted by Kevin | October 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Workers Comp Issue
Herb was excellent. He has extensive expertise in WC. He managed my case efficiently, communicated every detail along the way and was very responsive to my questions and concerns and we had a positive outcome.

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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Franks, Gerkin & McKenna
  • 1961 - 2011

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1960

Legal Cases

  • John Doe Vs. Employer
  • $960,000
  • Mary Doe vs. Trucking Company
  • Recovered $1,200,000

Associations

  • 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
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Awards

  • 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 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • 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
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Publications

  • Florida Law & Practice
  • Law Partition
  • 1960

Speaking Engagements

  • To many to list
  • Many
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Banking Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Banking Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is driven and loves winning."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mr.Franks for many years and am continually impressed by his compassion and caring commitment to serving those who cannot help themselves. I recommend him to all who are in need of a dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced attorney advocate."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Franks is an exceptional lawyer. I have known him for years and he provides his clients with superb service and incredible compassion. I highly recommend him and endorse him fully."
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Marengo Workers compensation Lawyer Herbert Hoover Franks
Herbert Hoover Franks
Workers compensation Attorney
Marengo, IL
Licensed for 61 years