Frances Gecker


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Frances Gecker is one of the founding partners of FrankGecker. Prior to founding FrankGecker, she was a partner at Jenner & Block and co-managing partner of the insolvency practice at Freeborn & Peters and Neil, Gerber & Eisenberg. She represents and counsels financial institutions, trusts, corporations, creditors’ committees and investors in commercial law, restructuring and insolvency issues.

Frances also has extensive experience serving as a liquidating trustee and representing liquidating trusts. Ten years ago, Frances was first appointed by the United States Trustee to serve as a trustee in the Northern District of Illinois. She is currently the Chapter 11 trustee of an $80 million auto warranty company that served 500,000 consumers and automotive dealers across the country, and the Chapter 7 trustee of Emerald Casino, where she is pursuing a $500 million lawsuit against former officers and directors.  Frances serves as general counsel to numerous asbestos personal injury settlement trusts with managed assets ranging from $100 million to over $1 billion.

She has written numerous articles on bankruptcy issues, including the seminal article, “The Doctrine of Necessity and Its Parameters,” which has been widely cited by courts throughout the country.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. with highest honors

  • Editorial Board, Northwestern Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

University of Wisconsin, B.A. with honors

Words and Music
Each year we thank our clients with the gift of words, a book. This year, I selected City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, a photographic journey of twenty-one urban oases accompanied by the thoughts of writers who have been influenced by these islands of beauty in the middle of urban reality. City Parks reminds us to remember the magic of special places. Review the List of Books