Harrison & Held, LLP Partner Frances H. Krasnow has been honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine for their 3rd Annual Salute awards celebrating influential women in law. The Salute! Top Women in the Law Awards recognize women lawyers for professional success and for mentoring and promoting women in the legal profession.
Fran is a highly respected family lawyer who has long been a leader in the Chicago community. An experienced trial attorney and powerful advocate, Fran frequently engages in mediation and is also an arbitrator. Fran is a compassionate and resourceful attorney whose practice encompasses all areas of complex family law, including marital dissolutions, child custody, maintenance and child support, relocation, asset identification and allocation, and she has extensive experience with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
With a strong commitment to community service, Fran has served on nonprofit boards throughout her entire legal career. She is currently Chairman of the Board of the six-state Anti-Defamation League Midwest Region. Fran also serves on the board of her alma mater, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, as well as the Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts. Fran also serves on the board of a Wintrust subsidiary.
A longtime stalwart advocate for women’s rights, fresh out of law school Fran was elected to the board of the Chicago Council of Lawyers where she chaired its Women’s Rights Committee and, among other things, lobbied legislators in Springfield to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Since that time Fran has chaired additional Women’s Rights Committees and Women’s Initiatives. She has mentored innumerable young lawyers – and aspiring law students – and has even been known to mentor her opposing counsel long after a case concludes.
Fran has received many peer-selected awards including Best Lawyers in America in Family Law every year since 2008, among others. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and she received the ADL Woman of Achievement Award as well as the AFHU Leaders of Distinction Award.
Harrison & Held congratulates Fran and the other 2022 Salute! honorees for their dedication, mentorship, and vision that further the advancement of women in law and in our communities.