Terrence J. McKenna

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Terrence J. McKenna
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Terrence J. McKenna | Attorney | Franks Gerkin McKenna

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When asked why he became a lawyer, Terry responds that, as a child, whenever someone had a problem or issue, he overheard adults saying “You’d better get a lawyer” or “You’d better call an attorney." At the time, it seemed to him that it was the lawyer that had all the answers. Even as a kid, Terry wanted to be the one with all the answers. Of course, he now knows that lawyers don’t have all the answers, but being the person who knows where to find them has always appealed to him.

Thanks to a degree in finance, Terry brings something to the table that other attorneys may not—an understanding of the business side of law. This knowledge has proven to be useful in his transactional practice at Franks Gerkin McKenna. He prides himself on being a problem solver and obtaining the best outcome for his clients. He is especially gratified when the clients come back to him to represent them for their next transaction.

Terry deeply values the trust that is developed in every attorney–client relationship. He understands that his clients come to him when they are nervous or unsure. The law can be complicated, so he makes it a priority to put people at ease with the process and give them a realistic view of what to expect.

Outside of the office, you are likely to find Terry teeing off at the Blackstone Golf Club Course or catching up on The Walking Dead. You might catch him grabbing a bite to eat at Flatlanders, GloBowl, Nick’s Pizza, Mixteca, or other local restaurants.

Terry is married and has two children; a son who is an accountant in Chicago and a daughter finishing up her last year of nursing school at Loyola. When his kids were younger, he spent a lot of time coaching Little League and youth sports. Nowadays, he enjoys golf, traveling, or both in his free time.

His favorite books are “The Stand” by Stephen King and anything by Elmore Leonard. His favorite movie is, of course, the greatest movie of all time: Pulp Fiction.

Areas of Practice:

Real Estate
Estate Planning & Probate
Land Use & Zoning
Business Law
Banking Services

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1989
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989


De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, Juris Doctor Degree 1989
DePaul Law Review, Member
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, Bachelors of Science, Finance 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, Member
McHenry County Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Leading Lawyer Network
Recognized as Leading Lawyer since 2010
AVVO Rated Attorney