Paul G. Krentz (Partner)
Mr. Krentz practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and general and commercial litigation. He has been recognized by his peers as among the top five percent of all Illinois lawyers in personal injury litigation. He has received the highest rating for skill and integrity by his peers. He has obtained many multi-million dollar settlements and is a leader among Illinois lawyers in representing the victims of sexual abuse. He has extensive experience in nursing home litigation, commercial litigation and in eminent domain litigation on behalf of property owners.
He was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1983. He is also admitted to the Federal Trial Bar in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
He graduated from Plano High School in 1976. He received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in 1980 and his law degree from Valparaiso University Law School in 1983.
Mr. Krentz has been named among the Top One Percent of all lawyers nationwide by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has also been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association and one of the "Top 10" personal injury lawyers in his county by The American Institute's Personal Injury Division. He has been named a "Super Lawyer" since 2012 by survey of his peers, signifying that he is among the top 5 percent of all Illinois lawyers in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. He also has been named a "Leading Lawyer" in Personal Injury by survey of his peers, a distinction likewise limited to the top 5 percent of all lawyers who practice in Illinois. Based on his extraordinary legal expertise, competency, reputation and ethical standards, Mr. Krentz has been selected a “Best Attorney” by the Best Attorneys of America. He has received the highest rating from his peers for skill and integrity with an AV Preeminent designation by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Krentz was inducted as an inaugural member of the Plano High School Hall of Fame in 2010.
He has been a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association on issues pertaining to personal injury, wrongful death litigation and civil practice. He is a certified mediator in DuPage County.
- Obtained $24 million in cumulative settlements for children sexually abused at a residential institution (Kane County record high).
- Obtained a $2.5 million policy limit settlement for an over-the-road truck driver injured in a DeKalb County motor vehicle collision.
- Obtained $1.25 million for a four-year-old boy seriously injured in a truck accident.
- Obtained a $1 million policy limit settlement in an underinsured motorist claim of a 55-year-old truck driver.
- Recent Victory: In a highly contested liability case, Paul Krentz and Christopher Warmbold asked a Kane County jury to award $928,000.00 to their client, a 63 year old driver, accused of running a red light, who was seriously injured in a car crash at the intersection of Route 47 and Plank Road. After a couple hours of deliberation, the jury returned a $903,000.00 verdict in their client’s favor.
- Obtained a $775,000 settlement for an 8-year-old boy attacked by 2 pit bulls while walking to school on the east side of Aurora.
- Obtained a $575,000.00 verdict for a Kane County landlord when its tenant Northern Illinois Gas failed to pay the rent.
- Obtained a $100,000 verdict in Will County for a private utility company who condemned a utility easement to install a water and sewer pipe.
- Obtained a bad faith verdict affirmed on appeal against Rockford Mutual Ins. Co. as a result of its unreasonable and vexatious delay in paying for the repairs and lost income of its insured following the partial collapse of a commercial building.
- Verdict of $864,000 compensatory and $864,000 punitive damages for elderly client injured in an automobile crash caused by a drunk driver resulting in a bad faith claim against the insurer.
- Verdict in excess of $1 million for a homeowner whose property was taken by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
- City of Aurora v Whilden: Obtained the highest per-acre verdict in Kane County history for a property owner in a condemnation case.
- Eichler v. Plitt Theaters, Inc., 167 Ill. App. 3d (2d Dist. 1988): Successfully argued in a case of first impression for an exception to the Illinois rule that property owners are not liable for injuries that result from natural accumulations of ice and snow. The Appellate Court held that property owners who contract to remove ice and snow can be liable to visitors injured in a slip and fall even though the ice and snow constituted a natural accumulation.
He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ILTLA), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), the Kane County Bar Association (KCBA), the DeKalb County Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA).
Mr. Krentz was born in Aurora, Illinois. He is a lifelong resident of the Fox Valley area. He has been married to his wife, Beth, for more than 25 years, and they have two adult children.
"I was raised in a legal family, learning early on that the law should be used as a force for good: to help people, strengthen families and enrich communities. From that heritage, I carry forward values of integrity and compassion and pursue justice with creative and aggressive advocacy. Whether protecting individual rights or property rights, my professional life is devoted to solving problems and righting wrongs. If you or a loved one need help, please call. My door is always open."
- Paul Krentz