Frank S. Cservenyak

Founding Partner

Frank S. Cservenyak, Jr. is a founding partner and has been in the general practice of law for over 25 years. Mr. Cservenyak concentrates his practice in the areas of personal.

Practice Areas

Biography

An accomplished trial attorney.  Frank is the managing partner at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC.  Frank has tried cases in Federal and State courts throughout Northern Illinois.  He has successfully handled personal injury cases including wrongful death, construction, automobile, and premises liability cases.

One of Frank’s most notable cases is the $8.1 million dollar verdict in the William Hickey case.  Bill was a hard-working member of the Public Works team when a bus turned left in front of him and caused him to lose his right leg below the knee. The verdict was a record in Cook County for a single-leg amputation case. 

Frank has been active in the Bar Association.  He was the President of the Will County Bar Association and brought about new and innovative things during his tenure.

Frank is also active in the community, raising money for local charities – Big Brothers Big Sisters and Morning Star Mission.  He also supports the local youth sports teams. He and his wife, Marla, of over 32 years, have raised 4 children of their own and supported many organizations.

Career Highlights

1998 – Present   Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC., the largest law firm in Will County

  • Managing Partner since 2000
  • Manages 14 attorneys, 25 staff
  • Developed in-house training and continuing education seminars for attorneys
  • Developed trial skills, trial tactics; How to Win at Trial

2012 – 2013   President, Will County Bar Association

2011   Member, Rules of Practice Committee of Will County to amend and revise the local court rules of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

2011 – Present   Board of Directors, Will Grundy Medical Clinic

2005 – Present   Legal Analyst for WJOL, 1340 AM

2000 – Present   Will County Arbitrator

1998   Founding Partner of Rathbun, Cservenyak & Associates evolving to Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC

1996 – 1998   Partner, McKeown Law Firm of Joliet

1992 – 1996   Associate, McKeown Law Firm of Joliet

1991 – 1992   Will County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office of Edward R. Burmilla

  • First Chair Felony Prosecutor
  • Prosecuted First Degree Murder Cases
  • Member of the Drug Enforcement Unit

1990 – 1991   Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office of Gary V. Johnson.

  • Prosecuted juvenile delinquency & DCFS abuse and neglect cases.
  • Responsible for the Elgin Mental Health call for involuntary commitment hearings.

Education

1988   Sworn in as an Attorney at Law – Illinois

1988   Graduate of Drake Law School – Doctor of Jurisprudence

1987 – 1988   Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office Des Moines

1987   Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office Chicago

1985   Graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University – BA Political Science with Honors

  • Member of the National Fraternity – PHI Gamma Delta
  • Member of the United Nations collegiate team that participated in the National Competition St. Louis, Missouri (1984)
  • Played on the IWU Illinois Football Teams (1981 – 1984)

Bar Memberships

1988 – Present   Federal Trial Bar

1988 – Present   7th Circuit Court of Appeals

1992 – Present   Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

1992 – Present   Illinois State Bar Association

1996 – Present   Member, American Trial Lawyer Association/

                            American Association for Justice 

1992 – 2015   Member, Will County Bar Association

2007 – 2009   Board Member, Will County Bar Association

2009 – 2010   Treasurer, Will County Bar Association

2011 – 2012   First Vice President, Will County Bar Association

2012 – 2013   President, Will County Bar Association

2014 – Present   Selected to Super Lawyers 

2014 – Present   Top Attorneys 

2016   Client Satisfaction Award 

2014 – Present   Multiple Super Lawyers of IL Awards

Presentations

2003   Will County Mega Seminars: Opening Statements: Story Telling with a Purpose: Combating Defense Attribution Theory.

2004   Will County Mega Seminars: Closing Arguments: The Explanation of a Trial: How to Empower your Jury.

2007   Will County Bar Civil Seminar: Cross Examination: How to Effectively Elicit Favorable Testimony from Adverse Witnesses.

2010   Will County Bar Civil Seminar: Final Trial Preparation: Answering Ready When the Trial Bell Rings.

2005 – Present   Legal Analyst for WJOL 1340AM, local radio station with listeners throughout south suburban Chicago.

2015 – Present   Will County Bar Civil Seminar: How to Effectively use the Rules of Evidence

2020    Trial Skills Seminar – Effective use of Cross Examination

Case Highlights

$8.1 million for motorcycle driver struck by a CTA Bus

$7.6 Million for a wrongful death case/trucking accident

$2 million for a truck driver crushed by a shifting load

$1 million settlement for a vehicle rear-ended by a semi-truck

$2,400,000 for a construction worker injured on a scissor lift

$1 million recovery for school children poisoned by tainted chicken. Defendants also prosecuted criminally for their misconduct.

$1 million settlement for a man with 3rd degree burns – Premises Liability

$975,000 for a trucking accident rear-end collision causing cervical herniation and surgery

$900,000 to the Estate of an elderly woman abused/neglected in nursing home

$850,000 settlement for injured worker on worker’s compensation claim

$775,000 settlement for estate of motorcycle passenger when semi turned left in front of motorcycle

$775,000 for a retiree passenger in a vehicle on way to annual fishing trip in Canada

$775,000 settlement for female executive rear-ended by tractor trailer on I-55

$650,000 for an insulator who fell in an open hole on a worksite – Construction Negligence OSHA violation

$675,000 recovery for client turning left when hit by driver disregarding red light

$650,000 for a motorcycle driver cut off by a delivery person turning left

$625,000 settlement for a Minnesota college student struck by a car

$625,000 for minors of man crushed between a stalled car and assisting vehicle

$605,000 recovery in wrongful death action against a rural county police department for engaging in police pursuit with teenagers on an ATV

$600,000 third-party settlement for a 61-year-old bus aide with three-part comminuted left humeral head fracture and multiple blunt trauma injuries

$600,000 settlement for client hit head-on by driver who fell asleep and crossed center line

$525,000 for a minor with multiple facial fractures injured in a rear-end MVA with semi

$500,000 recovery for a client making a left turn and hit by a motorist failing to stop

$500,000 for wrongful death caused by head-on collision

$500,000 settlement for a rear-end 3-car collision

$500,000 recovery for passenger sideswiped by semi-truck as it attempted to change lanes

$500,000 for a car accident case requiring lumbar surgery

$403,000 policy limit recovery for death of a young woman in I-80 crash

$400,000 settlement to a motorcyclist hit by vehicle turning left in his path

$390,000 recovery for woman with knee injury caused by a slip and fall in a shopping mall due to a leaking sky light

$330,000 for 56-year-old with a right hip fracture caused by a slip and fall at a retail store

$250,000 policy recovery for woman with numerous traumatic injuries sustained in a head-on collision

$250,000 settlement for passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a driver turning left and caused to crash into two more vehicles

$210,000 for an electrician with fracture of distal fibula caused by falling wall – Construction Negligence

$200,000 settlement for pizza delivery man with MVA-caused lateral meniscus tear with prior injury to the same knee

$190,000 for products liability against distributor of table saw; tips of fingers cut requiring surgery

$180,000 settlement for motorcyclist rear-ended while turning into entranceway

$180,000 settlement for elderly woman who was a passenger on a transit bus involved in crash

$140,000 for World War II veteran who tripped and fell at Dominick’s causing fracture of femoral head

$125,000 recovery for injuries sustained as a result of negligent failure to install gutters on garages resulting in unnatural accumulation of ice on apartment complex parking lot

$105,000 recovery for 73-year-old champion bowler with de Quervain’s Syndrome

Numerous policy limit recoveries for clients injured in automobile accidents. 

Lead attorney on behalf of Menard, Inc. in Federal Court regarding complex litigation in the recovery of $1.5 million in damages to a retaining wall.

Recomendations

On May 1, 2001, Bobbe Graaman was on her way to work, taking her usual route of traveling North on I-55. Unfortunately, that day would end with a stay in the local hospital and an uncertain future. At approximately 6:00 a.m. Ms. Graaman approached the exit ramp of Route 126 at I-55 as traffic…

The first time I met Frank was at the Courthouse when my previous attorneys were abandoning me. Frank took my case when everyone else told me no. It wasn’t easy, but we won. Frank never gave up and I got the results that compensated me for my injury.

What started out as an annual Canadian fishing trip ended in tragedy when the car I was traveling in went off the road and hit a boulder. The next thing I remember was waking up in a hospital. My body was literally broken to pieces. When they air-lifted me to Joliet, my future was uncertain. 

When I came to the law firm of Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC., I came for one reason and that was to be compensated for my injuries. When the case settled for one million dollars I got more than just a settlement. I had become good friends with Frank, who fought and battled for me every step

Always have received excellent help from the attorneys in the firm. Frank C and Carl B handled our last cases very well.

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