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Franklyn M. Gimbel - Milwaukee, WI

330 East Kilbourn AvenueSuite 1170 Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Updated: 08/31/2023

Milwaukee Criminal Law Lawyer


Franklyn M. Gimbel founded GRGB 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...

About Franklyn M. Gimbel

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law


  • 75%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1960
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1960
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1960
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1963
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1966

Other Affiliations

  • Milwaukee Bar Association, 1976 - 1977 (President)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1977 - 1983 (Board of Governors)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1981 - 1982 (Chairman/Board of Governors)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1986 - 1987 (President)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1960
  • University of Wisconsin, 1958

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Center District (Owner/ Operator of Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, and Miller High Life Theatre), 1994 - 2015
  • Director, Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board, 2000 - 2012
  • Member, Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund
  • Member, Spirit of Milwaukee Board of Directors
  • Member, Downtown Rotary Club
  • President, Downtown Rotary Club, 2000 - 2001
  • Vice Chairman, Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, 1977 - 1982
  • Director, Federal Defender Board, State of Wisconsin, 2000 - 2015
  • Member, Greater Milwaukee Committee, 2010 - 2015
  • Member, Marquette Law School Advisory Board
  • Director, Wisconsin Club Board, 2010 - 2016
  • Co-Chair, Make-A-Wish Annual Fundraising Event, 2012
  • Co-Chair, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association Annual Fundraising Event, 2013

Classes and Seminars

  • "Plaintiff's Perspective on Police Officer's Liability"
  • "Caseload Management: Managing Your Calendar; Managing Your Time"
  • "What's Good About Being a Criminal Defense Attorney?"
  • "Advice From the Experts & Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts"
  • "Representing Professionals in Criminal Cases"


Other Sources of Feedback About Franklyn M. Gimbel

Included on the 2023 Wisconsin list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Franklyn M. Gimbel on Super Lawyers


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • United States Attorney General Superior Performance Award, 1967
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for Criminal Defense, 1983 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Leadership Award, 1987
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Lawyer of the Year, 1989 - 1998
  • Community Service Human Relations Award, Milwaukee Jewish Committee, 2002
  • Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Profession, Wisconsin Law Foundation, 2002
  • Judge Myron L. Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2003
  • "The Defender" William Coffey Memorial Award for Professionalism in Field of Criminal Law, 2005
  • Named one of Milwaukee's Best Lawyers for Criminal Law by Milwaukee Magazine
  • Selected to Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2013
  • Named in top 25 Milwaukee Super Lawyers – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Named in top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Named one of “Milwaukee’s Leading Lawyers” – M Magazine – 2012, 2013
  • Named “Milwaukee’s Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White Collar Lawyer of the Year” – Best Lawyers Magazine - 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Marquette University Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
  • Big Pi Lifetime Achievement Award by Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity

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Office Information


330 East Kilbourn AvenueSuite 1170 Milwaukee, WI 53202


  • 414-271-7680

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

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