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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 fields a team of specialist M&A practitioners who are the trusted partners of a variety of longstanding and new clients operating in a range of sectors, notably metals and mining. Led from Chicago, the team regularly works with top Canadian natural resources companies on some of their most significant transactions. Practice head John Koenigsknecht stands out for his strong background in domestic and cross-border M&A involving public and private companies. Devoted to complex transactional and corporate governance matters, Michael Gray handles a mix of M&A, private equity deals and venture capital investments. Middle-market businesses regularly seek Joshua Klein‘s assistance in deals taking place in the tech, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and life sciences spaces. Cristina DeMento primarily attracts instructions from high-growth companies and their investors. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

John Koenigsknecht

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The NGE team and its principal John Koenigsknecht are very good in maintaining long-term client relationships and doing so through their knowledge of the client’s business, participating on a non-fee-basis in client events and keeping themselves up to date on how the client’s business develops. With their client knowledge, the starting period for new projects is always short, and it also helps a lot when addressing day-to-day legal matters.’

‘The lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with go beyond the call of duty and are always available to answer questions and help.’  

Key clients

Covanta Holding Corporation

Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (f/k/a Mudrick CapitalAcquisition Corporation and successor to Hycroft MiningCorporation)

Trelleborg AB/Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

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

NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden/Backer EHP Inc. (U.S.operating entity) and NIBE Energy Systems Inc. (and itssubsidiaries, including, among others – WaterFurnaceInternational, Inc., The Climate Control Group andEnertech, Inc., FPI Fireplace ProductsInternational/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


Work highlights

  • Advised Marathon Capital, LLC, on its strategic collaboration agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • Advised Sandstorm Gold on all aspects of the high-profile acquisition of two significant royalty assets.
  • Advised Upfront Healthcare on it’s acquisition of PatientBond.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Chicago-based law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP provides a one-stop-shop which integrates its counselling practice with its litigation offering, supporting clients in disputes at state and federal level, in addition to those before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The team is led by Thomas McDonough, who employs pre-designed litigation strategies to act for clients across the consumer electronics, hospitality, beverages, software, and entertainment sectors, and Michael Kelber, an expert in software licenses. Other key figures include Lee Eulgen, who advises clients on data ownership and online compliance, and Antony McShane, a specialist in traditional and digital IP assets. Andrea Stein Fuelleman develops international anti-counterfeiting programs and is recommended alongside associates Lee Barrington Stark, who serves on the firm’s sustainability committee, and Jessica Rissman Cohen, who handles social media and cybersquatting matters. Counsel Andrew Fraker brings strength to the tech sectors. All lawyers mentioned work in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McDonough; Michael Kelber

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


Republic Brands/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)


Starkey Hearing Technologies

Top Rank Boxing

Work highlights

  • Pursued numerous social media-based businesses for wrongfully using the Delta Dental mark to unjustly draw traffic to their sites and products.
  • Representing Carepoint Healthcare achieving a successful motion to dismiss with respect to multiple parties and a favorable settlement of trademark litigation.

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

The Chicago-based team at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP advises clients on a range of benefit and compensation plans, as well as issues including IRS and DOL audits, compliance with tax and ERISA requirements, and large multiemployer arrangements. The group also competently handle complex and emerging issues, such as travel expense benefits in the wake of Dobbs vs Jackson, fertility, paternity and maternity benefits, and advising on the implications of SECURE 2.0. Andrew Douglass joined from Reed Smith LLP in May 2022, adding extensive knowledge of the financial and legal considerations that concern qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. Team head Patricia Cain is particularly active in the financial and manufacturing sectors, advising clients on the design and implementation of pension, health and welfare plans, while Jeffrey Bakker helps businesses understand their critical fiduciary duties as well as preparing their employment and separation agreements. Linda Hoseman focuses on retirement and welfare plans, ensuring they comply with legislative and regulatory change.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Cain


‘This firm provided me with exceptional service. Everyone I dealt with, including attorneys and support staff, was helpful and professional in all my interactions. Collaboration was utilized when necessary to find the best solutions to my problems.’

‘Jeff Bakker provided exceptional service to me. He listened carefully and asked meaningful questions in his effort to understand all the details of my situation. He did not hesitate to enlist the help of his colleagues when necessary. He made my priorities his own, and his thoughtful advice always put my best interest at the forefront.’

Key clients

Kemper Corporation

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP‘s Chicago-based practice is most active in matters pertaining to domestic and international tax and business planning, SALT, and unclaimed property compliance. Practice head and certified accountant Jeffrey Shamberg‘s wide-ranging national clientele comprises REITs, hedge funds, start-ups, partnerships and LLCs, public and private corporations, and high-net-worth individuals. John Biek is highly experienced in the emerging field of unclaimed property. Eric McLimore works with a number of for-profit and tax-exempt clients. Former co-head Scott Bakal left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Shamberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Omeda Inc.

Work highlights

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Tonya G Newman
Securities and commodities litigation H Nicholas Berberian
Financial restructuring and bankruptcy Mark A Berkoff
Private wealth services Lawrence I Richman
Taxation Jeffrey S Shamberg
Real estate Leah Schleicher
Corporate and securities John J Koenigsknecht
Insurance policyholder Angela R Elbert
Real estate tax litigation Tom McNulty
Photo Name Position Profile
Jeffrey Bakker photo Jeffrey Bakker Partner
Lee Barrington Stark photo Lee Barrington Stark Lee is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions…
Jill Berkeley photo Jill Berkeley Senior Counsel
John Biek photo John Biek Co-Chair, Taxation practice group
Patricia Cain photo Patricia Cain Chair
Cristina DeMento photo Cristina DeMento Partner
Douglas Ellis photo Douglas Ellis Partner
Lee Eulgen photo Lee Eulgen Partner
Avram Feldman photo Avram Feldman Partner
Robert Gerber photo Robert Gerber Managing Partner
Michael Gray photo Michael Gray Leader of the firm’s Private Equity, Venture Capital & Growth Companies practice…
Linda Hoseman photo Linda Hoseman Partner
Michael Kelber photo Michael Kelber Co-Chair, Intellectual Property practice group
Joshua Klein photo Joshua Klein Partner
John Koenigsknecht photo John Koenigsknecht Chair, Corporate & Securities practice group; Co-Chair, Cross-Border & International practice group
Thomas McDonough photo Thomas McDonough Co-Chair, Intellectual Property practice group
Eric McLimore photo Eric McLimore Eric is a tax attorney and certified public accountant who advises a…
Antony McShane photo Antony McShane Partner
Seth Pritikin photo Seth Pritikin Seth is a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group.…
Jeffrey Shamberg photo Jeffrey Shamberg Jeff is chair of the firm’s Taxation practice group. He is a tax planning…
Andrea Stein Fuelleman photo Andrea Stein Fuelleman Andrea focuses her practice on brand protection and intellectual property enforcement matters.…
David Stone photo David Stone Co-Chair, Cross-Border & International practice group
David Wheeler photo David Wheeler Partner
Number of Partners : 82
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 76
Total Staff : 281
Managing Partner : Robert "Bobby" Gerber
Marketing Partner : Michael G. Kelber