The spry, young Windy City firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
was founded in 1986 and has since stayed close to its roots,
concentrating all of its talent in one Chicago office. Today, its
roster of attorneys numbers more than 160, and their expertise
covers everything from intellectual property to corporate
governance to real estate issues.
One of the firm's founders, Phil C. Neal, is a former Stanford
Law professor and Dean of the University of Chicago Law School.
Neal counts three Supreme Court justices-Rehnquist, O'Connor and
Ginsburg-among his former students.
Neal Gerber's younger talent also has much to be proud of. While
staying true to its one firm, one office creed, Neal Gerber has
kept growing; the firm recently added quite a few attorneys to its
intellectual property, bankruptcy, litigation and labor and
employment groups. Neal Gerber's client base is diverse, ranging
from dozens of Fortune 100 companies to smaller startups and
wealthy private clients. The firm has served companies including
AOL Inc., Citigroup Global markets Inc., Hyatt Corporation,
Illinois Tool Works, Match.com LLC, Northern Trust, Polaroid and
united HealthCare. In the tax arena, the firm has served as lead
counsel to the taxpayers of Cook County in their yearly attempts to
strike down certain Cook County property tax levies as illegal.
Other notable matters have included representing publisher Penguin
Putnam in a dispute over the publishing rights to Dorothy Parker's
poetry and counseling the Advocate Health Center Patient Care
Express in a case involving veterans' employment rights.
Another of its cases attracted the attention of band groupies
everywhere: the firm represented Ticketmaster in a lawsuit brought
by disappointed concertgoers who sued the ticket service, the band
Creed and the band's manager. Plaintiffs alleged that Creed's
singer was too drunk to perform. Creed's lawyer won on a succinct
argument of "you can't bring a lawsuit against a band for sucking."
Chicago-Style Pro Bono
The firm allows its attorneys to pursue pro bono projects of
their choosing. Under the aegis of the pro bono program, Neal
Gerber lawyers recently helped start the Inner-City Education
Program, which serves unprivileged young people in the Chicago
area. Also recently, a pro bono team from Neal Gerber achieved a
settlement to a six-year class action that the firm says will
expand living arrangement options for Illinois' developmentally
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