Attorney Bret Franco
Bret Franco is a trial attorney at Keating Law Offices, P.C., where he represents the firm’s clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation in state and federal courts throughout Illinois. Bret joined the firm after previously working as a prosecutor and later as a partner at a prominent national litigation defense firm with over 900 lawyers, where he represented Fortune 500 companies, rideshare companies, and insurance companies.
Bret specialized in defending high-value catastrophic injury cases. Bret's experience on the defense provides him with a unique, insider perspective that he leverages to help the firm’s clients. Bret’s defense background provides the insight to anticipate every move defendants and insurance companies will make and use this knowledge to his clients’ advantage to obtain justice for them and maximize their recovery.
Bret’s experiences have made him a formidable and fierce advocate for his clients. After graduating from law school, Bret became a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office.
Within a few months of becoming a licensed attorney, he was entrusted with managing all prosecutions in busy courtrooms throughout Chicago. There, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases and gained extensive trial experience. As a prosecutor, Bret tried six jury trials to verdict and well over a hundred bench trials. He also prosecuted child abuse cases and handled criminal appeals.
After working to serve victims of crime, and then following many years defending injury cases, Bret realized his true calling was to assist victims of negligence rather than fight to save money for insurance companies. He observed firsthand during his years on the defense side the massive difference that an excellent lawyer can make in the outcome for an injured victim.
Whereas some personal injury lawyers look for quick settlements and sell their clients short, Bret is committed to fighting for the best possible result for every client, whether that means settlement or trial.
Bret is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.
Bret attended law school at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and received an award for the highest grade in Trial Advocacy.
Bret lives in Chicago in the Logan Square neighborhood with his wife and two boys.
- Juris Doctor, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent School of Law, 2007
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Professional and Bar Association Memberships
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association