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Frank A. Sommario | Romanucci & Blandin


Frank A. Sommario had just completed law school and was about to start his career as a workers' compensation lawyer when he suffered a crushed ankle in an accident. After a brief delay and months of rehabilitation, Frank began his new job. Today, you'd never know he had an accident that could have left him with a permanent disability. He is not only fully recovered, but was compensated for his injuries, thanks to an attorney he knew only in passing. Antonio Romanucci successfully represented him in a lawsuit. Frank served as counsel to Antonio's law firm in workers' compensation matters before joining the firm full time in 2007. As a petitioner's workers' compensation lawyer, he vigorously fights for the rights of his clients, and has obtained several large settlements and favorable trial awards for those who have been injured. He considers it a privilege being able to help injured workers get the benefits they deserve. For his successes representing injury victims, Frank has been named as one of Illinois' Super Lawyers for 2016, and one of Illinois’ Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® for the years 2010-2015. He was named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch for 2012.” He also was named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division for the years 2015-2016. Frank worked as a law clerk for the Illinois Attorney General's Office and was an accountant-consultant for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County while in law school. He is a certified public accountant as well as a registered investment advisor.

Legal Activities

  • Fenwick High School Bar Association, Board of Directors 2011-Present
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Silver Fellow 2008-Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Board of Governors 2008-2014
  • ISBA, General Assembly 2006-2008
  • ISBA, Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council 2007-2009
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council 2009-2014
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Environmental Law Section Council 2008-2010
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Federal Taxation Section Council 2008-2014
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Intellectual Property Section Council 2011-2012
  • ISBA, Co-Board Liaison, Young Lawyers Division Council 2008-2009
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Standing Committee on Mentoring 2010-2011
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education 2012-2013
  • ISBA, Board Liaison, Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics 2013-2014
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, President 2016-2017
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, 1st Vice President 2015-2016
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, 2nd Vice President 2014-2015
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, 3rd Vice President 2013-2014
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Treasurer 2012-2013
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Secretary 2011-2012
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Executive Committee 2009-Present
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund, Treasurer 2012-Present
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, President 2013
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Vice President 2012
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Treasurer 2010-2011
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Board of Directors 2008-2014
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, Comptroller 2015 - present


  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer for the year 2016
  • Named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the years 2010 – 2015
  • Named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division for the years 2015-2016
  • Named 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch by Law Bulletin Publishing Company 2012
  • AVVO Top Rating 10/10

Speaking Engagement

  • 14th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium, Workers’ Compensation: How the New Act Affects Physicians, The Palmer House, Chicago, IL August 2, 2012


  • “Odd-Lot” permanent total disability award affirmed, Vol. 45, No. 1, September 2007, Illinois State Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Law Newsletter
  • Statute of Limitations, 2008-2015, ITLA Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Notebook


  • In 2015, appointed to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) Rules Committee by Chairman Joann Fratianni

Professional Organizational Participation

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants (AAA-CPA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL)
  • DePaul University Alumnus
  • DePaul University College of Law Alumnus
  • Fenwick Bar Association (FBA)
  • Fenwick High School Alumnus
  • Illinois CPA Society & Foundation (ILCPA)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association (ITLA)
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
  • National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF)
  • Public Justice
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyer’s Association (WCLA)
  • Women’s Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG)

Other Professional Licenses

  • Illinois Certified Public Accountant, August, 1998
  • Registered Investment Advisor, September, 2003


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • B.S., Commerce, Accounting, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1997

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice:

  • Illinois, 2000
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • Minnesota, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2001
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