Michael Kelber > Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
SUITE 1700
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property


Co-Chair, Intellectual Property practice group


Michael, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, provides strategic counsel to established enterprises and entrepreneurs concerning the development and protection of extensive global intellectual property portfolios. He represents clients from a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, restaurants, retail housewares, beverage manufacturing, software, entertainment and a variety of technology-focused industries.

Michael has served as lead counsel in trials before state and federal courts throughout the country, and he represents clients in all phases of complex copyright, trademark and patent disputes. Michael also develops proactive risk management strategies that enable brand portfolios to successfully launch and evolve, avoid costly litigation, and overcome intellectual property attacks with a pre-designed litigation strategy.

Michael has prepared and prosecuted thousands of successful U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications covering numerous brands, products and designs. He frequently negotiates and prepares critical agreements connected to his clients’ portfolios, including patent, trademark and software development licenses, information technology and development agreements, music and book publishing agreements, and film production and distribution agreements.

Before his legal career, Michael worked for a large communications company for six years managing all of its Midwest and Northwest internal office telecommunications needs. This practical business experience has given him valuable insight into how concise communication, risk assessment and pooling resources are critical to enabling clients to make sound business and legal decisions.


Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1996)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S., 1989)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

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.