Franklyn M. Gimbel

Founding Partner

Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin, and Brown LLP


Franklyn M. Gimbel founded Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1963 through 1968. His experience as a federal prosecutor has proven invaluable in developing a successful private criminal defense law practice.


Over the years, Frank has expanded his practice into civil litigation, including complex business, employment, communications and First Amendment cases. He has represented small businesses and large corporations, as well as individuals ranging from working men and women, to judges, CEOs and other professionals. No person’s problem is too insignificant or too complicated.


Helping people is Frank’s passion and the cornerstone of his practice. As he so aptly puts it, “my goal is to ensure that people are better off in some way after I render my services, than when they came in the door. If that is the end result, I have been successful.” He also wants clients to feel that every attorney at the firm is accessible to them. “There is a real team approach here. This is not always the case in law firms. My job is to mirror that behavior so that everyone works together for the common good of the entire firm and most importantly, our clients.”


Reaching out to the community is another important aspect of the GRGB culture. “Giving back is a crucial part of being a good citizen and neighbor in the communities we serve,” he notes. In demonstration of this mantra, Frank has established an impressive record of community service. In May 1994, he was appointed to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Center District Board of Directors by then Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Under his guidance, the District completed the construction, renovation and financing of the buildings which form the core of Milwaukee’s convention business, the Wisconsin Center, the U.W. Milwaukee Panther Arena, and the Milwaukee Theatre. He was elected Chairperson at its first meeting and served in that capacity until 2015. In 2015 Frank was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquette University. The Lifetime Achievement Award serves as a way for Marquette Law School to “honor the ideal of the Marquette lawyer.” The award was presented on April 23, 2015 at Marquette Law School. Frank also served as President of both the Milwaukee Bar Association and State Bar of Wisconsin Bar Association.