The spry, young Windy City firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
LLP 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 150, 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, private wealth services, 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., Beats Electronics LLC, 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
While encouraging all of its attorneys to undertake at least 50
hours of pro bono services per year and providing support through
strong relationships with local legal aid agencies, the firm
allows its attorneys to pursue pro bono projects of their choosing.
Under the aegis of the pro bono program, Neal Gerber lawyers 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 disabled population.