Franklin D. Julian Jr.

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in South Bend, Indiana

Sweeney Julian Personal Injury Trial Attorneys
Franklin D. Julian Jr.
Sweeney Julian Personal Injury Trial Attorneys

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1999

Education: University of Notre Dame Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023
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Sweeney Julian Personal Injury Trial Attorneys

1620 South Bend Avenue
South Bend, IN 46617 Visit website


Attorney Franklin D. Julian Jr. is the owner and founder of Sweeney Julian Personal Injury Trial Attorneys in South Bend, Indiana.  Sweeney Julian handles serious personal injury cases throughout Indiana.  Widely regarded as one of the top personal injury attorneys in the state, Mr. Julian is a fierce advocate for those who suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Over the course of his more than 20 years practicing law, Mr. Julian has achieved unprecedented success championing for the rights of innocent accident victims and their families. Through his efforts, he has helped secure substantial jury verdicts and settlements, earning his membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Julian understands the value of service, commitment and hard work.  He uses every tool at his disposal to not only help his clients recover the damages and losses they incurred but also help them emotionally through what is a very difficult time in their lives.

This desire to help others transcends his practice, and Mr. Julian routinely volunteers for charitable organizations throughout his community.  His law firm supports a wide range of charities, from Girls on the Run to the Potawatomi Zoo to the Chiara Home.  Frank serves on the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. 

Mr. Julian attended Villanova University on a Navy scholarship, earning a Bachelors of Arts in political science and History in 1991.  He then served on ships deployed throughout the world including tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm.   During his service in the Navy Mr. Julian received multiple commendations, including the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.  In 1994, Mr. Julian earned a Masters of Public Administration and he earned his law degree from the University Of Notre Dame in 1999.

Mr. Julian believes that representing clients extends beyond the court room and he is active in promoting legislation that champions the Constitutional right to a trial by jury.  Mr. Julian recently served as the President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, an organization dedicated to protecting our Constitutional rights.  Mr. Julian has been speaker at numerous continuing legal education events and was recently the Chair of the ITLA Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the November Institute, Indiana’s largest and most highly regarded continuing legal education event.  Mr. Julian is the recipient of the Max Goodwin Trial Award, and he holds a Superb rating from Avvo as well as the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubble.   Sweeney Julian has been voted by the South Bend community as the area’s best law firm multiple times.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1999, Indiana

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Handling Residential Gas Explosions and Attorney Advertising in the Age of Insurance Company Propaganda
  • This article looked at cases that have modified and changed the Daubert Decision., Expert Testimony, What's Left of Daubert?
  • President, Automobile Litigation, Topics in Litigation, and Damages in Automobile Litigation, Annual Litigation Seminar for Northern Indiana
Educational Background:
  • Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Political Science, Arab & Islamic Studies
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Max Goodwin Young Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2006
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Perfect 10.0 Rating (10 out of 10 or SUPERB), AVVO
  • For dedication to preserving access to the courts., President's Award, ITLA, 2017
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association., 2005
  • Battle "E" Award
  • Sea Service Ribbon
  • Member, National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100
  • $2,400,000 Settlement in a premises liability case. , 2019
  • $200,000 verdict in a MIST case.  No damage to client's car and a lower back injury., 2017
  • 3.1 Million Dollar Verdict.  This was a complex case involving a truck v. truck collision.  Injuries were to the client's lower back and required a 360 degree fusion., 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana., 2020
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, 2020
  • Served as Chair of the Indiana Trial Lawyer's Association Lifetime Achievement Seminar, 2020
  • Served as Chair of the November Institute, Indiana's largest and most respected continuing legal education event, 2010
  • Executive Committee, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (2009-Present Day)
  • President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (2004 - Present Day)
  • Board of Directors, Potawatomi Zoo, 2015
  • Immediate Past President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Chairman, ITLA Legislative Committee
Industry Groups:
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Caring, intellectual attorney … with Common Sense.”

Office location for Franklin D. Julian Jr.

1620 South Bend Avenue
South Bend, IN 46617

Phone: 574-889-3411


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

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