When Peggy Gerkin graduated with her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University, she took a year off to work. It is while working for a well-known worker’s compensation lawyer in Peoria that she decided she wanted to be a trial attorney. She sincerely enjoyed the work back then, and sincerely enjoys it now.
Peggy has been with Franks Gerkin McKenna for 25 years. Before joining the firm, she worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Boone County State’s Attorney’s Office. Within the first year there, she became lead prosecutor and a trial attorney assigned to the felony and juvenile courts.
An accomplished trial attorney, Peggy is especially effective in matters of family law, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense. She is also one of the few female attorneys to ever defend a person facing the death penalty.
Peggy is extremely passionate about protecting the rights of her clients, especially when they are children. She believes that children need an advocate more than anyone else.
She is also dedicated to her active involvement in the legal community. She has served a total of four years as the President of the Boone County Bar Association. She prepared the IRS documents to create CASA, a non-profit organization in Boone County protecting the abused and neglected children.
Peggy isn’t only passionate about the law, though. She’s also an advocate for the great outdoors. She loves animals and has always been concerned with the preservation of nature. She and her family have a farm in Kentucky and a wilderness lot on Lake Superior. Just this last summer she volunteered to help rebuild the zoo after the tornado hit Boone County.
Peggy was born in Peoria, but has made a home here in the Marengo area, especially at her go-to restaurants of Checkers in Union and Café 20 in Marengo.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1988||10/27/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2014|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2013|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2012|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2011|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2010|
|Attorney||•Boone County State's Attorney's Office||1989 - 1990|
|Assistant Attorney||•Boone County State's Attorney's Office||1988 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|McHenry County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Boone County Bar Association||Past President||N/A|
|National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association||Board Member||N/A|
|Northern Illinois University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Legal Aid||2013|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Criminal Contempt||2010|
Posted by DeAnna Chadwick
Fri Oct 09 2015