Frances Skinner-Lewis, Esq.


Professional Experience

Frances Skinner-Lewis concentrates her mediation practice on the resolution of civil disputes involving substantial personal injury and wrongful death, construction-related liability, professional liability, employment, products liability and commercial matters. She draws on her extensive experience as a litigator during the mediation process. Having represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide array of civil litigation, Fran understands the perspectives and interests of the participants. She has been on both sides of the table.

As an advocate, Fran combines her trial practices with entertainment industry projects and representation. Fran built her legal reputation by successfully conducting complex tort litigation including professional malpractice, insurance coverage and construction-related liability. She has extensive experience representing real estate owners, developers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers, as well as accountants, dentists and physicians. In the entertainment industry, Fran develops sponsorship and endorsement opportunities for celebrities. Building on an extensive network of influence, she positions and prepares celebrities as spokespeople for existing charitable causes or builds charitable foundations for celebrities from the ground up. Her innovative approach to programs and partnerships attracts private and public sector financial support at the highest levels.

Fran has headed her own firm since 2004. Prior to that, Fran was a shareholder in Schuyler, Roche & Zwirner, P.C. and Johnson & Bell, Ltd., and was founding shareholder and managing partner of Cole, Grasso, Fencl & Skinner, Ltd. She concentrated her litigation practices in construction, professional and product liability disputes.

Mediation Practice Concentration

To schedule mediation or arbitration with Fran, please contact Mike Weinzierl at or 312-346-3770, x125.

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