Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP at a Glance


  • “Hands-off approach”
  • “My coworkers”
  • “The variety of work I have”


  • “Compensation system”
  • “Could use a little more depth of work in my practice area”

About Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

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, 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." Well put.

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.

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Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

2 North LaSalle St
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602-3801
Phone: (312) 269-8000
Fax: (312) 269-1747


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Jerry H. Biederman
  • Hiring Partner: Jenny Kim
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 150

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,788/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    N/A (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate & Securities
    Employee Benefits
    Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy
    General & Commercial Litigation
    Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
    Labor & Employment
    Private Wealth Services
    Real Estate
    Securities & Commodities Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL