The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work +1 312 269 8000
Fax +1 312 269 1747

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP¬†handles a variety of real estate work including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, management, joint ventures, construction and operational matters. Its client base includes publicly traded, private companies and high net worth families and individuals. Practice chair Douglas Lubelchek¬†- ‚Äėan outstanding attorney and excellent negotiator‚Äô - advised Equity Residential, a publicly traded REIT, on the $416m sale of a mixed-use development in New York. Douglas Ellis¬†recently led for M & J Wilkow on its $142m acquisition of a shopping center in Colorado. Another key mandate from the real estate company saw the firm advise on the $23.5m acquisition of a Pennsylvania shopping center. Darrin Forbes¬†has experience of projects in various asset classes including multifamily apartment projects, office buildings, television studios, shopping centers, manufacturing and warehousing facilities, and large scale mixed-use projects. Avram Feldman¬†specializes in tax planning, joint ventures and acquisitions. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Leading lawyers

Jill Berkeley - Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

[back to top]

United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Located in Chicago, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP recently successfully represented Duracell in a high-profile piece of trademark infringement litigation brought by Energizer. Kevin May led on the case, which concerned the fact that certain stores in the US were selling Duracell batteries with its pink bunny on the packaging, a mascot that the client is permitted to use only in certain other countries. Other highlights included co-chair Michael Kelber acting for GI Sportz regarding the similar appearance of a competitor's paintball, and Lee Eulgen’s representation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in a TTAB matter.

[back to top]

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 5

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

On the employee benefits front, the Chicago-based team at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP assists with the design and implementation of the full range of plans including 401(k), healthcare and pension arrangements, and also provides comprehensive ERISA compliance advise. Jointly headed by Patricia Cain and Jeffrey Bakker, the team also has expertise in devising deferred, incentive and equity-based executive compensation programs. Linda Hoseman is also a key name for qualified retirement and welfare benefit plans.

[back to top]

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 3

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP's regularly handles complex M&A and stands out for its assistance to issuers in the metals and mining space. Other areas of strength include manufacturing, insurance, energy, healthcare, real estate, technology, hospitality and leisure, and venture capital and private equity. The team also regularly works alongside the firm's antitrust, employment, finance, IP, litigation, real estate, regulatory, restructuring and tax specialists. Goldcorp, Glencoe Capital Holdings and First Analysis are regular clients; recent work for other clients includes John Koenigsknecht  leading advice, as US M&A counsel, to Sweden-headquartered global engineering group Trelleborg, and its subsidiary Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, on its agreement to acquire Minnesota-based Sil-Pro. The team also acted for Fonterra (USA), which produces dairy products and ingredients, in its acquisition of a one-third equity interest in joint venture Columbia River Technologies, which manufactures whey protein concentrate and lactose products. Corporate and securities chair David Stone, whose deal experience includes the energy, mining, insurance and technology industries, is also co-chair of the firm's cross-border and international practice group, and Michael Gray leads the private equity, venture capital and growth companies practice. Other notable advisers are Cristina DeMento, Joshua Klein and Philippe Blanchard. All attorneys named are based in Chicago.

[back to top]

United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP's Chicago-based tax lawyers are ‚Äėall extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields, work incredibly well and know the tax code inside and out‚Äô. The practice group is particularly active in SALT issues, transactional tax planning and unclaimed property matters.¬†Scott Bakal¬†advises corporations and high-net-worth individuals on the tax structuring of business transactions and estate planning, while Jeffery Shamburg¬†is also noted for his expertise in M&A-related taxation, joint ventures, financing deals, equity offerings and reorganizations.¬†John Biek¬†has ‚Äėan incredible business mentality‚Äô and is the key advisor for SALT matters.

[back to top]

Further information on Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in other jurisdictions.

United States

Offices in Chicago

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the ‚ÄúES Law‚ÄĚ) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

    In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
  • David against Goliath ‚Äď Libra vs Central Banks: Who will win?

    Working in the crypto and DLT space is like being on an emotional rollercoaster with feelings which range from curiosity, excitement, euphoria, revelation, shock, disappointment, hope, wonder and determination ‚Äď did I miss any?
  • UK Telecoms company fined ¬£100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner‚Äôs Office (‚ÄėICO‚Äô) which is the UK‚Äôs data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of ¬£100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‚ÄėBA‚Äô) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner‚Äôs Office (‚ÄėICO‚Äô), the UK‚Äôs data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‚ÄėUAE‚Äô), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.