Four Neal Gerber Eisenberg practice groups and 19 attorneys have been recognized among the top in the nation in the newly released 2022 edition of The Legal 500 United States.
The firm continues to be recommended in the areas of M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500 million); Intellectual Property: Trademarks Litigation; Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design; and US Taxes: Non-contentious. The M&A/Corporate & Commercial recognition is in Tier 2.
The Legal 500 notes the Corporate & Securities practice group, chaired by John Koenigsknecht, is regarded for its “very high level of service and availability.” John Koenigsknecht co-chairs the firm’s Cross-Border and International group with David Stone. They lead a practice that is “especially active in the metals and mining space.” Michael Gray leads the Private Equity, Venture Capital and Growth Companies group. The practice group members, which include Joshua Klein, Cristina DeMento, Seth Pritikin and Betsy Thelen, “are diverse, technically savvy and work together.”
The Intellectual Property practice group was recognized for being “very responsive” and having “great knowledge both of the subject area and our company.” Intellectual Property group co-chair Thomas McDonough “leads the team” with co-chair Michael Kelber, who was praised for being “extremely pragmatic, quick to respond, and great at translating complicated IP law into layman terms for our business teams.” Lee Eulgen “brings expertise to domain name ownership disputes.” Tony McShane is recommended for work with social media and tech companies, hospitality businesses and sports franchises. New to the group of recommended attorneys are “brand protection specialist” Andrea Stein Fuelleman and “newer associate” Lee Barrington Stark, who “has good attention to detail” and quickly gets up to speed on the desired work product.
The Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group was praised for being “extremely resourceful and consultative” with “an exceptional grasp on their subject matter . . . [they] are innovative in developing unique solutions to unforeseen issues or problems. They seem to always be available when needed.” Patty Cain, who chairs the group, “advises on de-risking strategies for pension plans and executive compensation programs.” One client described Jeff Bakker as follows: "an extremely good listener . . . [who] 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.” Linda Hoseman comes recommended for her expertise in health and welfare plan governance.
One client indicated to Legal 500 that the firm’s Tax group can “effectively and efficiently resolve complex tax and business challenges, working with us to develop customized strategies and innovative methods of implementing those strategies.” The group is chaired by Jeffrey Shamberg, who “provides clear and concise communications of arcane tax code without being pedantic or didactic . . . [and] consistently provides guidance and solutions on corporate, partnerships, real estate and REIT tax matters critical to our short- and long-term business objectives.” 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” among the team’s members.