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Find an attorney for your dream home in Crystal Lake and the surrounding area

The Firm:

For more than 40 years, Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC has provided exceptional legal counsel and representation in McHenry County and beyond.  The firm dates back to its beginnings as Weisz & Michling, P.C. and while the name has changed over the years, the core principle of providing quality legal services to the community at large has not.

We are a general practice firm handling a wide variety of legal services, including real estate transactions, landlord/tenant issues, wills, trusts and estate plans, divorce, child support, custody and other family law matters, personal injury and wrongful death due to auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, construction and other accidents, workers compensation, business formation, review or drafting of contracts, general civil disputes and litigation, driver’s license reinstatement, and felony, misdemeanor, DUI and traffic defense  

With five attorneys and an equal number of dedicated support staff, we take pride in offering legal services that stand above the crowd.  We are client-centered, using our firm’s resources to understand and address all of our clients’ needs, both personal and financial, to ensure they understand their rights and options and that their interests are protected at every step of the legal process.  


Kelly L. Lancaster

Kelly Lancaster has been with the firm since 2003 after graduating cum laude from New England School of Law in Boston.  In addition to her role as the firm’s managing partner, she focuses her practice on real estate transactions and litigating personal injury cases on behalf of injured individuals. Experienced in jury and bench trials, evidentiary hearings, arbitrations, contested motions and negotiations, Attorney Lancaster prides herself in helping her clients understand the legal process and their particular legal issue to ensure the best possible outcome.  A Minnesota native, Kelly has called McHenry County her home for over twenty years.  She, along with her husband and three children, enjoy being involved in the community and everything it has to offer.

Francisco J. Botto

Attorney Botto has over thirty years of experience and has been with the firm since 1992.  Having served as the firm’s managing partner for a number of years while practicing in the areas of workers compensation, personal injury and criminal defense, he now focuses his practice primarily on representing individual injured at work.  

Kyle E. Colson

Kyle Colson joined the firm as an associate in 2021 after obtaining his law degree from Northern Illinois University.  Attorney Colson handles a range of cases for clients including all types of family law matters, landlord/tenant issues, negotiating, drafting and reviewing of contracts and  Secretary of State drivers’ license  reinstatement hearings.  He is a vested member of the community and currently serves on the Pingree Grove Police Pension Board.  

Sharon R. Jacksack

Attorney Jacksack has been with Botto Gilbert Lancaster as an associate attorney since 2021.  Having previously practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri, she now focuses her practice on estate planning, probate matters, DCFS appeals and juvenile abuse and neglect cases.  She prides herself in her attention to detail and listening to clients to fully understand their goals.  When it comes to estate planning, whether it’s a small or large estate, she takes the time to explain options to ensure the client’s desires will be achieved.  

Lisa Zahn

With over thirty years of legal experience, Attorney Zahn combines knowledge and compassion to help her clients navigate through a variety of family law situations.  Whether it’s a divorce, child support or a custody dispute, Attorney Zahn listens and strategizes to reach the best possible outcome for each client.  A resident of the Northwest suburbs for most of her life has made her an invested member of the community and she volunteers her time as a premarital counselor for a local church.  She also enjoys spending time with her three children and their dog.   

Charles R. McKenney

A Crystal Lake native, Attorney McKenney, has a commitment passion to representing the people of the community.  He focuses his practice on misdemeanor, felony, DUI and traffic matters.  Prior to joining Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC in 2022, Attorney McKenney had his own private law firm and served as a special public defender.  With over twenty years of practicing law, he has the knowledge and experience necessary to help clients navigate the criminal legal system to ensure their rights are protected and the best possible outcome achieved.  

Proudly Serving McHenry County and Northern Illinois

For more than 30 years, Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC has provided exceptional legal counsel and representation to clients in McHenry County and Northwest Illinois

We take pride in offering legal services that stand above the crowd. Our exceptional legal team includes a diverse group of attorneys skilled in handling a wide range of legal matters. We are client-centered, using our firm’s resources and brightest minds to understand and address all our clients’ needs. Our attorneys strive to ensure our clients’ rights and interests – both personal and financial – are protected at every step of the legal process.


Contact BGL today at 815-338-3838 or visit BGLLAW.NET for more information.