Joe has a legal background that encompasses a wide range of practice areas including criminal and general civil litigation. His areas of concentration include criminal and DUI defense, traffic defense, secretary of state reinstatement hearings, family law, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, Joe was a prosecutor with the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.
Joe was born and raised in Marengo, Illinois. He attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law. At SUI, Joe was a published author and an editor of the school's law review. Joe also won the SIU Alumni Association Scholarship Award.
Joe Speaks fluent Spanish and is presently a member of the Winnebago, McHenry and Boone County Bar Associations and is the Chair of the Boone County Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee. Joe presently serves as an Arbitrator with the 17th Judicial Circuit. He is a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Boone County and he volunteers with Healing Pathways Cancer Research Foundation.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2005||10/27/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Professional Under 40||Northwest Herald||2013|
|Alumni Association Scholarship||Southern Illinois University||2003|
|Partner||Franks Gerkin & McKenna, PC||2007 - Present|
|Assistant State's Attorney||Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office||2005 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|17th Judicial Circuit||Arbitrator||2011 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|McHenry County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Winnebago County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Boone County Bar Association||Secretary||N/A|
|Healing Pathways Cancer Research Foundation||Governance Committee||2010 - 2013|
|McHenry County Youth Service Bureau||Executive Committee: Secretary||2007 - 2010|
|The Catalyst Theory: Before and After Buckhannon and Sierra Club||Southern Illinois Law Journal||2005|
|The Risk in Technology-Based Standards (Research and Editorial Assistance)||Duke Environmental Law Review||2005|
|Whether the Pumping of Unaltered Water Requires an NPDES Permit||SIU Enviornmental Law Newsletter||2004|
|Monthly Columnist||Marengo-Union View||N/A|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Western Illinois University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2000|
|Colegio de Espana||Language Certification||1999|