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   3Frank A. PerreconeRockford(815) 962-2700frankaperrecone@aol.comfrankaperrecone@aol.comFerolie & Perrecone Ltdwww.ferolieperrecone.comwww.ferolieperrecone.comperreconefrank.jpgPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticePersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeADR Law: Personal Injury
Frank A. Perreconefrankaperrecone@aol.com
Ferolie & Perrecone Ltdhttp://www.ferolieperrecone.com
321 W State St Ste 800
Rockford IL 61101-1131
Ph.(815) 962-2700 Fx.(815) 962-1406
Recommended by peers in:
Personal Injury Law: General
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
ADR Law: Personal Injury
Advisory Board Member
County:  Winnebago
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Frank A. Perrecone is a leading trial lawyer who has tried numerous civil jury cases involving serious personal injuries and death in both the state and federal courts. He is widely known for his handling of personal injury cases representing injured victims throughout northern Illinois. As a trial lawyer, he has represented accident victims before juries in Boone, Cook, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties, as well as in the United States District Court. He frequently is brought into cases by other lawyers who seek his assistance and expertise in the field of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Perrecone is recognized for his aggressive approach to handling personal injury cases and his thorough preparation of cases for trial.

He began his practice with this law firm after his graduation from law school in 1980. He has impressed his colleagues with his professional manner. He has been involved in major and complex litigation and was the lead trial lawyer in serious personal injury cases in both the state and federal trial courts and before the appellate and reviewing courts.

Mr. Perrecone has served with distinction as Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association, which produces high quality legal seminars for the association's 32,000 lawyers. He has served as Chairman of the Association's Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Chairman of the Tort Law Section Council, and as a member of the Legislation Committee, the Insurance Law Section Council, and the Judicial Appointments Committee.

He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a frequent lecturer on personal injury and civil trial practice at seminars throughout the state and has written several legal articles.

Mr. Perrecone was the recipient of the prestigious "Board of Governors Award" from the Illinois State Bar Association for his outstanding efforts in establishing and expanding the Law Education Series. These programs provide affordable and high quality continuing legal education for lawyers. Also, he was elected to the Association's Assembly as a delegate. He was elected to serve as the 100th President of the Winnebago County Bar Association for the 2007-2008 term.

From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Perrecone was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northern Illinois University College of Law. He taught trial related courses and directed students in a national trial team competition. Mr. Perrecone was twice nominated by his students for "Professor of the Year," and in 1998, he was given an award plaque by his students for outstanding contribution and dedication as a trial advocacy professor.

Mr. Perrecone is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Drake University Law School. He was an amateur boxer and an outstanding baseball player, receiving All-Conference honors both in high school and college and All-State honors in college. A native of Rockford, Mr. Perrecone is married, and he is active in political and community affairs.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois
United States Supreme Court
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Date of Birth:  1956

Law School:  Drake University Law School, JD, 1980
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Graduated with Honors

Undergraduate School:  
Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1978
Rock Valley College, Associate of Arts, 1976


Employment History:  
Ferolie & Perrecone, Ltd., Rockford, IL
  Principal, 2010-present
  Partner, 2006-2010
Northern Illinois University College of Law
  Adjunct professor of law, 1998-2008
Ferolie, Perrecone & White, Ltd., Rockford, IL
  Partner, 1994-2006
Lawrence J. Ferolie & Associates, Ltd., Rockford, IL
  Associate, 1982-1994
Ferolie & Boreen, Rockford, IL
  Associate, 1981-1982


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Board of Managers, member, 1988-1990
Illinois State Bar Association
    Assembly delegate, 2010 - 2016, 2000 - 2008, 1992 - 1998
    Standing Committee on Legislation, member 2004 - present
    Insurance Law Section Council, chair 2011 - 2012, member, 2007 - 2013
    Assembly Budget and Finance Committee, member 2011
    Task Force on CLE Implementation, member, 2005 - 2006
    Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law, member, 2003 - 2006
    Tort Law Section Council, chair, 2002 - 2003, member 1988 - 1992 and 1994 - 2003
    Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, chair, 1995 - 1996, and 1988 - 1990, member 1988 - 1996
    Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, chair, 1991 - 1992, member 1987 - 1992
    Standing Committee on Judicial Appointments, member, 1988 - 1990
Winnebago County Bar Association
    President, 2007-2008
    Board of Directors, member, 2002 -2005
    Judicial Liaison Committee, chair, 2000-2001
    Trial Section, chair, 1998-1999
The Justinian Society of Lawyers
    President, Winnebago County Chapter, 2004-present
    Vice president, Winnebago County Chapter, 2000-2004
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Board of Directors, member, 1988-1989
Circuit Court for the 17th Circuit, State of Illinois
    Attorney Mentoring Program, mentor 2009-present
    Peer Review Council for the Circuit's Professionalism Program, member 2009-present
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    Magistrate Judge Mahoney Merit Review Panel, chair, 2008
    Federal Court Mediation Committee - Western Division, member, 2002
    Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, Member, 1991-1995

Alternative Dispute Resolution:
  • Arbitrator, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Claims, 1993-present

  • Arbitrator, 17th Circuit Court Mandatory Court Annexed Arbitration Program, 1988-present

  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, 1986-present

  • Mediator, 17th Circuit Court Annexed Major Civil Case Mediation Program, 1993-present


  • Professional Honors and Awards:
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV (highest rating), 1997-present: legal ability rating, of which A is the highest, takes into consideration the standard of professional ability in the area of practice, expertise and other professional qualifications; general ethical standards rating, of which V is the highest, denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1% of attorneys in the United States (2015)

  • Super Lawyers Top 5% of attorneys in Illinois from each practice area (personal injury) as chosen by peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics (2006, 2007, 2009-present)

  • Leading Lawyers: Attorneys selected by their peers as being among the top attorneys in Illinois and chosen by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board (2003 - present)

  • Recipient, The 17th Judicial Circuit Professionalism & Civility Award for the attorney who best exemplifies the Eight Goals of the Aspirational Code of Conduct, 2015

  • Nominee, Professor of the Year, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2001, 2002

  • Recipient, honorary law alumnus award for outstanding contributions to the Northern Illinois University College of Law, presented by Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council, 2001

  • Recipient, award for outstanding contribution and dedication as a trial advocacy professor presented by Northern Illinois University College of Law trial advocacy students, 1998

  • Recipient, Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors' Award for outstanding efforts in establishing and expanding the Law Ed Series, 1989

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of civil procedure, Drake University Law School, 1980


  • Published Legal Writing:  
  • Perrecone & Fabiano, "The Federalization of Punitive Damages and the Effect on Illinois Law," 28 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 537 (2008).

  • Perrecone & Fabiano, "The Fleecing of Seriously Injured Medical Malpractice Victims in Illinois," 26 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 527 (2006).

  • Perrecone, "Seventh Circuit Narrows Application of Illinois Common Fund Doctrine in ERISA Subrogation Claims," Ill. St. B. Ass'n Tort Trends, Oct. 2003, at 4.

  • Perrecone, "Effective Use of SCR 213(f)," Ill. St. B. Ass'n Tort Trends, May 2003, at 1.

  • Perrecone, "Seventh Circuit Decision Trumps Federal Rule of Civil Procedure," Ill. St. B. Ass'n Tort Trends, June 2000, at 8.

  • Perrecone & Nelson, "Case Note - Blackburn v. Sundstrand Corporation," 115 F.3d 493 (7th Cir. 1997), Ill. St. B. Ass'n Tort Trends, Nov. 1997, at 1.

  • Perrecone, "The Plaintiff's Perspective," Ill. St. B. Ass'n In the Aternative, April 1996, at 2.


  • Legal Lectures:  
    Topic: Tips on Closing Arguments
    Program: “Trial Appellate Practice”
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association
    Date: May 8, 2014

    Topic: Set-Offs, Liens and Subrogation in UM/UIM Cases
    Program: “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage: The Necessary Basics”
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: June 21, 2011

    Topic: Closing Arguments
    Program: “Civil Procedure Update 2010"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: April 9, 2010

    Topic: Liens and Subrogation Issues in Personal Injury Cases
    Program: “Insurance Law Update 2009"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: November 13, 2009

    Topic: Closing Arguments
    Program: Civil Procedure Update 2009"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: May 22, 2009

    Topic: Closing Arguments
    Program: 2009 Trial Practice - Pre-Trial Motions Through Appeal
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: March 27, 2009

    Topic: The Federalism of Punitive Damages and the Effect on Illinois Law
    Program: "CLE Buffet"
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association
    Date June 13, 2008

    Topic: Negotiation and Adjudication of Liens in Personal Injury Cases
    Program: "Hot Topics in Insurance Law"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: June 13, 2008

    Topic: Cross Examination (Challenging Your Opponent's Theory of the Case)
    Program: "Hot Tips for Trials"
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association
    Date: May 15, 2008

    Topic: The Federalism of Punitive Damages and the Effect on Illinois Law
    Program: "The Modern American Jury"
    Sponsor: Northern Illinois University College of Law
    Date: April 9, 2008

    Topic: Closing Arguments
    Program: "Civil Practice Update"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: May 18, 2007

    Topic: Closing Arguments
    Program Name: "Civil Litigation Update & Overview of Civil Practice and Procedure" Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: May 12, 2006

    Topic: The Fleecing of Seriously Injured Medical Malpractice Victims in Illinois
    Program Name: "Medical Malpractice: Merging Issues & The Effects of Tort Reform"
    Sponsor: Northern Illinois University College of Law
    Date: April 13, 2006

    Topic: Closing Argument, Do's, Don'ts and More
    Program Name: "Civil Litigation: Update and Overview of Civil Practice and Procedure"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: May, 2005

    Topic: Trial Issues - Practical Advice for Succeeding at Trial
    Program Name: "Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: December, 2003

    Topic: Amended Supreme Court Rule 213
    Program Name: "Update in Tort"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: December, 2002

    Topic: Amended Supreme Court Rule 213
    Program Name: "Amended Supreme Court Rule 213"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: July, 2002

    Topic: Mediation - Plaintiff's Perspective
    Program Name: "Hot Topics in Dispute Resolution: What Advocates, Neutrals and Consumers Need to Know"
    Sponsor: Northern Illinois University College of Law
    Date: March, 2001

    Topic: The Realities of Representing Clients Who Have Suffered a Mild Brain Injury
    Program Name: "Brain Injury Symposium"
    Sponsor: Brain Injury Association of Illinois and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
    Date: December, 2000

    Topic: Prosecuting Slip and Fall Cases: What Do You Need to Prove?
    Program Name: "Litigating Tort Cases Without Going Bankrupt"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: October, 1999

    Topic: Subrogation and Lien Issues
    Program Name: "Nuts and Bolts for the Tort Practitioner"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: June, 1999

    Topic: Cross Examination
    Program Name: "Hot Tips for Trials"
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association
    Date: October, 1998

    Topic: Subrogation and Lien Issues
    Program Name: "Litigating Personal Injury Cases: Recent Decisions"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: February, 1998

    Topic: Premises Liability Update
    Program Name: "Get Caught Up! An Update of Civil Practice, Insurance, Mental Health and Tort Law Issues"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: December, 1997

    Topic: Selection of Mediator
    Program Name: "Making Mediation Work for You"
    Sponsor: American Bar Association
    Date: September, 1997

    Topic: Preparation of Your Case and Client for Arbitration-Counsel's View
    Program Name: "Are You Ready to Settle Your Case; the Ins and Outs of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration"
    Sponsor: Northwest Suburban Bar Association
    Date: April, 1997

    Topic: Cross examination - Challenging the Theory of Your Opponent's Case
    Program Name: "Trial Techniques - Getting a Case Ready; Getting a Verdict"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: November, 1996

    Topic: Preparation of Your Case and Client for Arbitration - Counsel's View
    Program Name: "Settling Your Case In Court or Out - Everything You Need to Know and More"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: October, 1996

    Topic: The Plaintiff's Perspective
    Program Name: "Mediation for Lawyers - How to Prepare Your Case, Yourself & Your Client to Mediate Successfully,"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: December, 1995

    Topic: Maximizing Damages in the Typical Winnebago County Personal Injury Case
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association Trial Section
    Date: June, 1994

    Topic: Keeping ERISA's Subrogating Hands off Minors' Personal Injury Settlements
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association Probate Section
    Date: May ,1994

    Topic: Aggravation of Pre-Existing Injury/Condition
    Program Name: "Proven and Winning Ways in Personal Injury Cases"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: November, 1993

    Topic: Public and Private Recreational Land Use
    Program Name: "Recreational Law Update"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: April, 1993

    Topic: Motions in Limine
    Program Name: "Civil Litigation Seminar"
    Sponsor: Northwest Suburban Bar Association
    Date: March, 1993

    Topic: Getting Witnesses to the Courthouse and Motions in Limine
    Sponsor: Winnebago County Bar Association Trial Section
    Date: June, 1992

    Topic: Motions in Limine
    Program Name: "Handling and Avoiding Common Trial and Settlement Problems"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: April, 1991

    Topic: Jury Instructions
    Program Name: "Effective Trial Presentation"
    Sponsor: Illinois State Bar Association
    Date: November, 1988

    Topic: The Federalism of Punitive Damages and the Effect on Illinois Law
    Sponsor: Northern Illinois University College of Law
    Date: April, 2008

    Topic: Judicial Elections - Candidates' Right to Comment on Disputed Political Issues
    Sponsor: 17th Judicial Circuit, Rockford Register Star, Winnebago County Bar Assoc.
    Date: October, 2007

    Topic: Training New Mediators
    Sponsor: Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems
    Date: October, 2000

    Topic: Court AnnexedMediation
    Sponsor: Urbana County Judges and Bar Leaders
    Date: June, 1999

    Topic: Court Annexed Mediation
    Sponsor: Kane County Judges and Bar Leaders
    Date: November, 1995

    Topic: Court Annexed Mediation
    Sponsor: DuPage County Judges and Bar Leaders
    Date: October, 1995

    Topic: Court Annexed Mediation
    Sponsor: McLean County Judges and Bar Leaders
    Date: June, 1995

    Topic: Training New Arbitrators
    Sponsor: 17th Judicial Circuit Court Arbitrator Training Program
    Date: January, 1995



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