Franklin D. Julian Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in South Bend, IN

Sweeney Julian Trial Attorneys
 | 1620 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617
Phone: 574-889-3411
Fax: 574-271-1753
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

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. 

Mr. Julian attended Villanova University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991.  He then served on ships deployed throughout the world including tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm.   In 1994, he 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 currently serves 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 November Institute, Indiana’s largest and most highly regarded continuing legal education event.  He is the 2005 recipient of the Max Goodwin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and he holds a Superb rating from Avvo.   His law firm has been voted by the South Bend community as the area’s best law firm multiple times.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020

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About Franklin Julian Jr.

Admitted: 1999, Indiana

Professional Webpage:


  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Served as Chair of the November Institute, Indiana's largest and most respected continuing legal education event.  Frank Julian has also chair numerous other CLE seminars and spoken on various topics in litigation and practice management., 2010
  • Executive Committee, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Chair, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association ANNUAL INSTITUTE, 2010
  • President-Elect of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association., 2017
  • Chairman, ITLA Legislative Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, Granger Rotary Club

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Handling Residential Gas Explosions and Attorney Advertising in the Age of Insurance Company Propaganda
  • Expert Testimony after the Kumho Tire Decision and Mentally Incompetent Defendants and the Right to Proceed Pro Se
  • President, Automobile Litigation, Topics in Litigation, and Damages in Automobile Litigation, Annual Litigation Seminar for Northern Indiana


  • 6 Million dollar verdict in a complex medical malpracitce case., 2016
  • $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

Educational Background:

  • Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Political Science, Arab & Islamic Studies

Industry Groups

  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Franklin D. Julian Jr.

1620 South Bend Avenue
South Bend, IN 46617

Phone: 574-889-3411

Fax: 574-271-1753

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Last Updated: 7/24/2019

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