Practice Areas

How We Help You at Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley

For over 40 years, Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley has been a full-service law firm in Marengo, Illinois and a legal resource to Northern Illinois communities.

Our team of experienced Illinois lawyers can be your advocate for almost all of your legal needs: personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, real estate, bankruptcy, estate planning, litigation, motor vehicle accidents, trucking, and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and more.

We are eight attorneys, but we are more than that. We are experienced, extremely versatile, and unfailingly dedicated to your family.

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We’re the Team You Want Fighting For You.

Personal Injury

Being injured is serious business–we know. Many people wait to call us until after they’ve worked with the insurance agency. Call us as soon as you can after you’ve been injured. We handle cases arising from all types of car accidents as well as dangerous products, unsafe property conditions, and other instances of negligence. Learn more about personal injury by reading our frequently asked questions.

Car Accident Injuries

Car crashes happen far too frequently. And when they do, they leave injuries, sometimes ones from which you never fully recover. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, right now you’re dealing with the worst of it–medical bills, police reports, car payments, and endless phone calls from insurance agents. Call us today and let us fight for you when you need it most.

Truck Crashes

If your auto accident involved a semi-truck, you most likely consider yourself lucky to be alive. These dangerous tractor-trailer trucks can leave families devastated with one swift change of a lane. These accident claims are complicated. You are not just dealing with the insurance company of another driver, but with the insurance company of the driver’s employer. At Franks Gerkin Ponitz Greeley, we are more than capable of handling these complicated claims. Learn more about how we help people after they’ve been injured in a truck crash.

Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you know the risks but you ride as safely as you can. But even safe riding can’t protect you from the careless mistakes of other drivers. We’ve helped hundreds of injured motorcycle riders after they’ve been in an accident. We’ve fought for families after their family member has been killed. Don’t assume the crash was your fault. Learn more about how we’ll fight for your rights after your bike crash.

Workers’ Compensation

As an employee, you are protected by the state of Illinois. If you’re injured or fall ill because of the nature of your occupation, you should seek workers’ compensation. There are forms to fill out and reports to file; it gets complicated pretty quickly. That’s where we come in. We help individuals by working with claims, appeals, and litigation to help victims of on-the-job injuries and occupational diseases. Read frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation claims in Northern Illinois.

Divorce, Custody, and Support

When you’re experiencing legal issues that directly involve your family, we know it isn’t easy. The stress is undeniable. Family law includes defense of client rights for child custody, spousal support, and property division, as well as offering counsel for guardianships and adoptions. This could also involve a court appointed guardian ad litem, which is someone who can mediate communication between family and the courts to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

Estate Planning and Probate

Planning for the future is important, especially when it involves your family’s well-being. Estate planning involves the development of simple to complex trusts for asset protection, estate administration services, and litigation of probate and estate disputes.

Criminal Defense

Our team defends both adults and juveniles facing a range of misdemeanor and felony charges. This includes both DUI and other serious traffic violations.

DUIs can have serious consequences while other more minor traffic violations can easily be resolved or the fines reduced once the judge sees all sides of the story. Whatever the result, we offer our full support and always have your best interests in mind.

Land Use & Zoning

When you’re starting or expanding your business, sometimes you need more space. More space means more land, but have you checked zoning regulations? Before you can start the building process you’ll want to make sure that you are following zoning regulations. This step is too commonly missed. Work with a land use and zoning attorney and play it safe during this critical time of growth.

Real Estate Transactions

Real estate transactions involve negotiating closings for both commercial and residential real estate transactions. When you are purchasing a home or property. you want to make sure that you have everything taken care of. Contracts can be tricky and you want to make sure you aren’t missing a step in the process. It is better to be safe than sorry, and you can do so by working with a real estate transaction attorney.

Business Law

When you’re considering a business merger or transaction, you will want to make sure you involve your business lawyer. Avoid problems in the future and delays by working with your commercial transaction lawyer from day one. The more you involve them in the beginning, the less you’ll have to worry about as the transaction comes to completion.


Whether we are resolving commercial or civil disputes, we strive to protect your interests in court. Our attorneys are experienced, gutsy litigators, and we’ll fight for you no matter what.


When the debt is too much to bear and you need relief, call a bankruptcy attorney to help you navigate through the next steps. Our bankruptcy lawyers help individuals obtain a fresh start or assist a creditor with an objection to a bankruptcy plan.

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