2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people who work here are genuinely kind and want associates to succeed.”
“The combination of interesting work, nice and professional colleagues, and humane billable-hour expectations.”
“Compensation isn't top of market.”
“We can feel a little understaffed at times, but it doesn't last.”
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 its talent in one Chicago office. Today it boasts 140 attorneys, and their expertise covers everything from intellectual property to corporate governance to real estate issues.
One Firm, One Office
Neal Gerber’s practices focus on four main areas: business, intellectual property, litigation, and private wealth. The firm handles everything from bankruptcy to corporate matters to estate planning to labor and employment to real estatedrZ~$ to tax issues to trusts and estates, as well as a wide range of IP matters, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
The firm’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, Beats Electronics, Citigroup, Hyatt, Illinois Tool Works, Match.com, 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/Random House 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.
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. 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.
Why Work Here
“Rejecting the “bigger-is-better” push of the legal industry, we offer a unique experience. Our practice is sophisticated, and our client base is global, but there’s a feeling of family here. Doors are open. People say hello, and attorneys at all levels express a genuine interest in your development and your ideas. You will dive in immediately and have an opportunity to make a difference.”– SCOTT J. FISHER, MANAGING PARTNER
2 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 269-8000
Managing Partner & Recruiting Chair: Scott J. Fisher
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
100 - 150
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: Summer associates will be paid an entry-level associate salary on a prorated basis.
Summer Associate Offers:
4 out of 4 (2Ls only) (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
5 total (4 2Ls; 1 1L) (2019)
Director of Talent & Diversity
Corporate & Securities
Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy
General & Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
Labor & Employment
Private Wealth Services
Securities & Commodities Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.