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Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
SUITE 1700
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, a Chicago-based outfit, is instructed on an array of M&A mandates in addition to securities, rights and debt offerings. The practice, which is especially active in the metals and mining space, is led by John Koenigsknecht, a lawyer who frequently serves as US counsel for international clients; he and his team are also adept in licensing matters, commercial agreements and executive compensation agreements, among other mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Koenigsknecht

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gray; David Stone; Joshua Klein; Cristina DeMento; Seth Pritikin; Betsy Thelen


‘Very high level of service and availability. The team has taken time and interest in getting to know the client, its business and its values. This is a great advantage in many ways, e.g. when drafting and in negotiations. It also makes the cooperation very efficient, including cost efficient.’

‘Team leader John Koenigsknecht is a very good leader both when it comes to composing teams and when it comes to delegation. His people work very well together and his coordination and planning is very well structured but at the same time flexible. Among a number of John´s colleagues I would specifically like to mention Betsy Thelen and Josh Klein.’

‘In my experience and what counts for me is availability and I can always count on having my phone calls and emails replied to quickly. The teams Ive worked with are diverse, technical savvy and work together as teams.’

Key clients

Covanta Holding Corporation

Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (f/k/a Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation and successor to Hycroft Mining Corporation)

Trelleborg AB/Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Hycroft Mining Corporation (f/k/a Allied Nevada Gold Corporation)

NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden/Backer EHP Inc. (U.S. operating entity) and NIBE Energy Systems Inc. (and its subsidiaries, including, among others – WaterFurnace International, Inc., The Climate Control Group and Enertech, Inc., FPI Fireplace Products International/Regency Fireplace)

Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd.

Pan American Silver Corporation

Equity Group Investments / Zell Credit Opportunities Fund

RECSOLU, Inc. d/b/a/ Yello

Blockchain Foundry Inc.

Aterian Investment Partners

National Medical Billing Solutions (a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners)

Moderne Ventures


The Founders of Tock

Work highlights

  • Advised Covanta Holding Corporation in connection with its agreement to be acquired by EQT Infrastructure.
  • Represented the founders of Chicago-based start-up Tock, a unified system serving the hospitality industry with online reservations, table management, takeout, and events, in its recent sale to Squarespace, the website building and ecommerce platform.
  • Advised Orla Mining Ltd on becoming a US reporting issuer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and listing for the first time in the US on the New York Stock Exchange American.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP integrates its trademark litigation practice with its portfolio management service to safeguard the IP of multinational brands at the state and federal levels, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Experienced IP trial attorney Thomas McDonough leads the team, along with Michael Kelber, who provides risk management solutions to prevent litigation and builds pre-designed strategies for court appearances. Lee Eulgen brings expertise to domain name ownership disputes. Antony McShane acts for social media and tech companies, hospitality businesses, and sports franchises. Brand protection specialist Andrea Stein Fuelleman was promoted to partner in January 2022. Associate Lee Barrington Stark  provides additional support. All lawyers mentioned work in Chicago.


‘The team is very responsive. They have great knowledge both of the subject area and our company.’

‘I work primarily with Michael Kelber, who has been outside counsel for our company for many years. He is extremely pragmatic, quick to respond, and great at translating complicated IP law into layman terms for our business teams. There is a newer associate on the team, Lee Barrington Stark, who seems great. She has good attention to detail and quickly got up to speed on the kind of work product we’re looking for.’

Key clients

Euromarket Designs, Inc. d/b/a Crate & Barrel and CB2

Sedecal (Sociedad Española de Electromedicina Y Calidad, S.A.)

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Dart Container Corporation (and subsidiary, Solo Cup Company)

TransUnion LLC


Top Tobacco L.P./Republic Tobacco

Viceroy Hotel Group

Chicago White Sox


Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Montage Hotels & Resorts

Fresenius Kabi AG

Hyatt Corporation

PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid)

Dine Brands Global (IHOP, Applebee’s)

Delta Dental

Urban Armor Gear (UAG)


Work highlights

  • Advised insurer Delta Dental Plans Association on numerous policing and rebranding issues and have pursued numerous social media-based businesses for wrongfully using its marks to unjustly draw traffic to their sites and products.
  • Represented Republic Technologies, Top Tobacco, and Republic Tobacco in opposing the registration of, and forced the cessation of use of, numerous marks that would have infringed upon well-known and 100-year old trademarks.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP’s ‘extremely collaborative’ employee benefits and executive compensation team counts financial, retail, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, as well as individual executives, among its key roster of clients. The Chicago-based practice is led by Patricia Cain, who advises on de-risking strategies for pension plans and executive compensation programs. Jeffrey Bakker focuses on ERISA and tax compliance issues relating to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, while Linda Hoseman has experience in advising clients on health and welfare plans.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Cain

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice covers a wide array of employee benefits matters. We are comfortable that the leadership can handle all employee benefit needs that have arisen for our clients. They are extremely collaborative with our team and with one another.’

‘Jeff Bakker guided me through my particular situation with both care and professionalism. He was an extremely good listener, asked relevant questions, and made a sincere effort to understand the nuances of the topics involved. I felt like he truly represented my best interests.’

‘The individuals are extremely resourceful and consultative. They have an exceptional grasp on their subject matter, and are innovative in developing unique solutions to unforeseen issues or problems. They seem to always be available when needed.’

‘The employment benefits and executive compensation practice at NGE was very professional and attentive to my needs. When collaboration was necessary, the appropriate team members were available to provide assistance and expertise. The entire process was very smooth. I would highly recommend them to colleagues.’

Key clients

Kemper Corporation

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is particularly noted for its capabilities in state and local tax considerations, unclaimed property compliance, and transactios, acting for a diverse clientele. The team is also well versed in real estate and REIT matters, where practice head Jeffrey Shamberg is often instructed. John Biek is a seasoned advisor and leading figure in state unclaimed property field, who regularly handles a mix of transactional and planning mandates. Eric McLimore is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Shamberg

Other key lawyers:


‘The team effectively and efficiently resolve complex tax and business challenges, working with us to develop customized strategies and innovative methods of implementing those strategies.’

‘Jeffrey Shamberg provides clear and concise communications of arcane tax code without being pedantic or didactic. He consistently provides guidance and solutions on corporate, partnerships, real estate and REIT tax matters critical to our short- and long-term business objectives.’

Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP is a leading law firm dedicated to handling sophisticated matters for entrepreneurs, public companies, and private businesses and their owners. The attorneys of the firm provide legal business solutions to public and private entities of all types – including Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, non-profits and high-net-worth individuals – in connection with domestic and global business transactions and litigation. The firm has built over 30 years of trusted partnerships with clients that span the globe, and it meets each unique client need with the same personalized service and collaboration that provide the most practical solutions for every matter.

Neal Gerber Eisenberg was founded in 1986 by 35 attorneys committed to creating a firm centered on the principle that the practice of law is a highly interpersonal business. They sought to establish an environment that could distinguish itself from other firms by focusing on collaboration, creativity, transparency and inclusion. Today the firm has more than 130 attorneys who serve an international clientele while remaining true to those core values that fueled its beginning. The culture of teamwork, focus on practical solutions for client needs, willingness to adapt quickly to meet marketplace demand, and drive to be the best providers of legal services are as important to the firm today as they were then. These are key factors behind the firm’s success.

Main areas of practice: Neal Gerber Eisenberg is recognized nationally and internationally for its knowledge in many areas of the law. The firm’s main areas of practice include antitrust and unfair trade practices; corporate and securities; corporate governance; cross-border and international; employee benefits and executive compensation; environmental; finance and lending; financial restructuring and bankruptcy; fund formation and investment management; general and commercial litigation; insurance policyholder; intellectual property; labor and employment; private wealth services; real estate; real estate tax; securities and commodities litigation; taxation; technology transactions and services; and white-collar crime and investigations.

Corporate and securities Robert G Gerber
Intellectual property and technology transactions Michael G Kelber
Intellectual property and technology transactions Thomas C McDonough
Labor and employment William J Tarnow II
Employee benefits and executive compensation Patricia S Cain
General and commercial litigation Steven F Pflaum
Securities and commodities litigation H Nicholas Berberian
Financial restructuring and bankruptcy Mark A Berkoff
Private wealth services Lawrence I Richman
Taxation Scott J Bakal
Taxation John A Biek
Real estate Douglas L Lubelchek
Environmental Lisa S Zebovitz
Jeffrey Bakker photo Jeffrey BakkerPartner
Lee Barrington Stark photo Lee Barrington StarkLee is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions…
Jill Berkeley photo Jill BerkeleySenior Counsel
John Biek photo John BiekCo-Chair, Taxation practice group
Patricia Cain photo Patricia CainChair
Cristina DeMento photo Cristina DeMentoPartner
Douglas Ellis photo Douglas EllisPartner
Lee Eulgen photo Lee EulgenPartner
Avram Feldman photo Avram FeldmanPartner
Robert Gerber photo Robert GerberManaging Partner
Michael Gray photo Michael GrayLeader of the firm’s Private Equity, Venture Capital & Growth Companies practice…
Linda Hoseman photo Linda HosemanPartner
Michael Kelber photo Michael KelberCo-Chair, Intellectual Property practice group
Joshua Klein photo Joshua KleinPartner
John Koenigsknecht photo John KoenigsknechtChair, Corporate & Securities practice group; Co-Chair, Cross-Border & International practice group
Thomas McDonough photo Thomas McDonoughCo-Chair, Intellectual Property practice group
Eric McLimore photo Eric McLimoreEric is a tax attorney and certified public accountant who advises a…
Antony McShane photo Antony McShanePartner
Seth Pritikin photo Seth PritikinSeth is a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group.…
Jeffrey Shamberg photo Jeffrey ShambergJeff is chair of the firm’s Taxation practice group. He is a tax planning…
Andrea Stein Fuelleman photo Andrea Stein FuellemanAndrea focuses her practice on brand protection and intellectual property enforcement matters.…
David Stone photo David StoneCo-Chair, Cross-Border & International practice group
David Wheeler photo David WheelerPartner
Number of Partners : 76
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 76
Total Staff : 281
Managing Partner : Robert "Bobby" Gerber
Marketing Partner : Michael G. Kelber