Gene A. "Gino" Franco
Firm: Lisle Rutledge P.A.
Address: 1458 Plaza Place, Suite 101
Springdale, AR 72766
University: University of Arkansas, B.S.E., 1991, University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1994
Admitted: 1994, Arkansas
Biography: Gino Franco is the firm's primary attorney practicing in the areas of family law and criminal law. He also handles a variety of civil litigation cases, including bankruptcy. In the criminal law portion of his practice, Gino regularly defends individuals charged with both felonies and misdemeanors. With many years of experience as a Deputy City Attorney, he has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, and a great many of these cases involved prosecution for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Gino was also a certified Law Enforcement Instructor and taught Constitutional Criminal Procedure at the Northwest Arkansas campus of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. He also provided instruction on handling DWI/DUI arrests and criminal procedure in training classes offered to rookies of the Springdale Police Department. In addition, he has attended many seminars and classes on the prosecution of these cases. Drawing on this training and experience, Gino is able to provide knowledgeable, capable, and results-oriented criminal defense to his current clients. Gino also has an active family law practice. This area involves a wide range of matters such as divorces, both uncontested and contested, custody disputes, child support and alimony disputes, modifications, large-estate property and debt divisions, guardianships over children by non-parents, guardianships over incapacitated adults, grandparents' rights and visitation, and more. Gino's familiarity with the area judges who decide these cases and their procedures allows him to effectively and efficiently promote his clients' interests. Gino is a life-long resident of Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas where he worked as a student trainer for both the Razorback football and basketball teams. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law where he served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, and also as a member of the school's Trial Advocacy team. He was selected as a National Member of the Order of Barristers. Gino and his wife and son are active members in of the First United Methodist Church in Springdale Arkansas where they work with the youth programs. In his spare time he likes to hunt, and he serves as the Vice President of the local committee for Ducks Unlimited.