Charles Franklin focuses his practice on the representation of individuals and businesses in commercial litigation involving negligence, product liability, contract liability, and professional liability. That work includes assistance in the presentation of insurance claims, policy analysis and coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders as well as the representation of financial institutions and companies in loan workout, loss mitigation and recovery. Charlie also has a significant experience in representing highly regulated and registered entities and licensed professionals (such as accountants, physicans, appraisers, inspectors, brokers, and others) either accused of malpractice and/or in licensure, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings at federal, state, county, and local levels, and before private certifying organizations and professional groups (such as the Appraisal Institute and the Chicago Association of Realtors). He has often served as a “neutral” or an independent arbitrator being appointed by both policyholders and insurance companies.
Charlie is proud to be recognized by his peers as AV® Preeminent™as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the organization’s highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Federal Trial Bar.
Charlie recently served as Fourth Vice President of the North Suburban Bar Association of Illinois. He is a past president of the Casualty Adjusters Association of Chicago and is a founding member of the Claims Association of Greater Chicago. He is a frequent speaker to professional and trade groups such as the Appraisal Institute - Chicago and Wisconsin Chapters, the Illinois Association of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, the Adjusters Association of Illinois, NAIFA, the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals, and other organizations and clients on the topics of appraisal issues, disciplinary proceedings, fraud investigation, insurance coverages and claims, loss mitigation and recovery, and workplace and liability issues.
Charlie has also authored several other articles and outlines and has been quoted on appraisal practices and insurance claims and practices in publications such as Appraiser News, Illinois Times, and the ICAP Newsletter.
Charlie was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, by President Gerald R. Ford, which he attended before earning his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL. While at the University of Miami, Charlie served as Associate Editor and Research Editor on the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. Charlie spent his formative years overseas living in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia.
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Julie Lerman concentrates her practice in general civil litigation and insurance law, including insurance coverage and claims disputes on behalf of policyholders. Julie also has significant experience in general real estate law, including landlord/tenant issues, acquisitions and dispositions of property, leasing and lending transactions.
Among other things, Julie provides assistance to insurance policyholders in enforcing their rights to insurance coverage, including bad faith and extra-contractual claims. She has been instrumental in recovering insurance proceeds in disputed coverage matters arising out of a wide variety of claims, from health benefits to property damage claims.
Obtained over $50,000 in additional insurance payments in a casualty loss on behalf of a policyholder.
Successfully appealed a retroactive denial of health insurance coverage benefits on behalf of a policyholder saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical and hospital expenses sought to be recouped by the insurance company.
Obtained a vacation of an 18 month old default judgment against our client of over $50,000.
Obtained a dismissal of an action seeking over $100,000 in damages against an appraiser involving a dispute in a residential property sale.
Represented a nonprofit parrot rescue, rehabilitation and adoption organization, and successfully obtained a Special and Unique Use Permit from the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals allowing the continued operation of the rescue at its current facility.
1982, J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
1979, B.A. with High Distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Chicago Bar Association
North Shore Law
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Deerfield/Bannockburn/Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce
Glenview Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Virtual Legal Clinic
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Mr. Channon focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, and financial litigation including Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, as well as insurance coverage, liability and counseling. Mr. Channon has significant appellate and trial experience in both state and federal courts where he has represented a wide range of clients in business and employment disputes, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, franchise agreements, and wage/commission disputes. Mr. Channon represents and counsels a variety of business professionals including financial advisors, brokers, business officers and directors, attorneys, property appraisers, accountants and other licensed individuals and regulated professions.
Purdue University Golf Team, four-year letter winner
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Craig Capilla is a trial lawyer, defending individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil matters, including professional liability and commercial litigation. He has effectively defended numerous residential and commercial appraisers and appraisal firms accused of negligence or improper activity in their valuation services, a chiropractic group accused of malpractice, and successfully litigated employment disputes related to discrimination claims, restrictive covenants, and unemployment hearings. Craig has also represented numerous licensed professionals in state licensing matters, including real estate brokers, real estate appraisers, appraisal management companies, mortgage brokers, nursing home administrators, and medical doctors.
Craig developed his skills as a trial lawyer while working as a staff prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, where he learned and effectively applied the rules of evidence where he tried more than 60 cases while also bringing a high volume of cases to settlement prior to trial. Additionally, Craig has drafted contracts, business agreements, and advised on corporate governance and formation for various small and medium-sized businesses while also consulting for both companies and individuals on regulatory and compliance matters.
Craig has advocated for his clients in various state and federal civil litigation matters and administrative hearings before regulatory agencies including: Qui tam defense, civil RICO matters, professional malpractice, construction defect litigation, breach of contract, breach of warranty, mechanics' liens, general tort liability, homeowners' association and landlord/tenant disputes, and professional licensing. He has appeared for clients in a number of jurisdictions throughout Illinois, including various courts in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Carroll, Lee, and Kane counties and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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Justin Fielkow joined the Franklin Law Group after moving to Chicago from New Orleans, LA. He has experience in a variety of business and commercial civil litigation matters, in both state and federal court, including breach of contract, bad faith insurance prosecution, professional malpractice, qui tam, civil RICO, defamation and libel, and sports torts. Justin has obtained successful verdicts at both trial and arbitration and negotiated numerous favorable settlements. Justin also represents businesses in the sports and entertainment fields, by consulting for and providing an array of legal services to sports-related organizations, including fantasy sports ventures, sports media entities, and sports and entertainment marketing and branding companies. His insights regarding sports and entertainment law have appeared in publications such as the International Business Times, Law360, the New York Daily News, Rolling Stone, the Boston Herald, and numerous others.
Outside of practicing law, Justin has written for RotoWire, both as a featured legal columnist and as a beat writer covering fantasy football. His articles have appeared both online and in nationally-distributed magazines. He is also a co-founder of The Sports Law Esquires, a website dedicated to providing legal analysis and insight generated by current events in the sports industry. In addition, Justin is passionate about volunteering his time and has worked countless pro bono hours at non-profit organizations, including the Redwood Justice Fund in California and the ELLA Project in New Orleans.
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Michael Albert joined the Franklin Law Group after graduating from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. As a new attorney, Michael has already made numerous court appearances in state and federal court as well as before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. To date, Michael has worked on a variety of legal cases, including commercial and civil litigation cases and also some transactional matters.
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Michael is authorized to practice law in the State of Illinois as well as before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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Michael received his B.A. from Indiana University in 2012 with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. In addition, he earned a Business Foundations Certificate from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. At Indiana University, Michael served as President of his Fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma – Delta Pi Chapter.
Michael earned his J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2015. Among other things, Michael represented the law school at national competitions as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, worked as a Teaching Assistant, and became a Certified Mediator through the Illinois Center for Conflict Resolution.
In addition, was Michael was an editor of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Seventh Circuit Review. His published article, MJ Still Winning in Chicago: The Seventh Circuit Correctly Holds That Jewel-Osco’s Use of Michael Jordan’s Likeness in Its Advertisement Constituted Commercial Speech, can be found at the following link: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/law-review-and-legal-publications/seventh-circuit-review/archives/v10-2
Outside of work Michael plays in a men’s baseball league in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and he also plays on co-ed tennis team at Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine, Illinois. Michael also enjoys fitness training, politics, and reading novels.
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Allie K. Haling is the newest member of Franklin Law Group. As a new attorney, Allie is assisting in the litigation of several complex matters; is now appearing regularly in court, conducting and responding to discovery and doing research. To date, Allie has worked in a variety of legal matters in civil litigation, including breach of contract, personal injury and employment matters. Prior to joining FLG, Allie served as a law clerk at the 24th Judicial District in Gretna, Louisiana and as an Independent SEC Auditor for Development International E.V.
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