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Francisco J. Botto PrintPRINT THIS


Crystal Lake, Illinois
Phone: 815-338-3838
Fax: 815-338-7817
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"Injuries can be devastating... the pain, the financial burdens, and the uncertainties that come along in the aftermath. My priority is to help my injured clients regain control of their lives as quickly as possible."

Attorney Botto has successfully litigated complex Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation cases. If you are the victim of another person's negligence, or you are an injured worker, you face many financial challenges while trying to recover from your injuries. Attorney Botto recognizes your suffering extends beyond the physical wounds. He and his team of attorneys and paralegals will work diligently to maximize the greatest compensation allowable under the law for you and your family.

Mr. Botto's legal experience extends to the criminal field. He has tried successfully numerous cases to verdict, ranging from simple battery cases to serious felony charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and criminal sexual abuse.

Recently, Mr. Botto settled a workers’ compensation claim for $800,000.00. After receiving permanent total disability benefits for several years, the insurance company cut off medical benefits and filed motions to re-open the case and cut off PTD benefits. Mr. Botto successfully negotiated a disputed resolution. Since some cases cannot be negotiated, Mr. Botto has a busy trial schedule.

In all his legal endeavors, Mr. Botto's work is punctuated by the high quality of his work and dedication to his clients.

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Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1993


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, JD 1992
    • Law Journal, Northwestern University Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Executive Editor
  • Amherst College, B.A.
    • Honors: Cum Laude, Senior Honors Thesis: "American Journalism and Race", Recipient of the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship
  • Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
    • Honors: Highest Honors Graduate - Phi Theta Kappa, 1986, Regent's Student Senate Scholarship, Who's Who in American Junior Colleges, Teaching Faculty Association Award, Loring Brown Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in History

Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed
  • Selected by peers to "Leading Lawyer" recognition status, 2017
  • Selected by peers to "Leading Lawyer" recognition status, 2018

Previous Experience:

  • Portuguese Special Forces - Commando, 1981 - 1982
    • Honorably Discharged, 1982


  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Illinois State Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Illinois Trial Lawyers Association McHenry County Bar Association
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