“Firm cares about associates”
“1,900 billable hours requirement”
“Little transparency regarding promotions”
“Compensation isn't on par with BigLaw”
“Groups and subgroups are very siloed”
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, was a former Stanford Law professor and Dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Neal counted two future Supreme Court justices—Rehnquist and O'Connor—among his 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 music fans 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.
2 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 269-8000
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: Scott J. Fisher
Recruiting Chair: Scott J. Fisher
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 140
1st year: $170,000
Corporate & Securities
Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy
General & Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
Labor & Employment
Private Wealth Services
Securities & Commodities Litigation