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Neal Gerber Eisenberg Welcomes Intellectual Property and Real Estate Attorneys to Partnership

CHICAGO (January 2, 2024) – Neal Gerber Eisenberg (NGE) is pleased to announce the election of intellectual property attorney Kara Michels and real estate attorney Kevin Schneider to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2024.   

"I am thrilled to welcome Kara and Kevin to the firm’s partnership,” said Managing Partner Robert G. Gerber. “Kara and Kevin exemplify the attributes that we value most as a firm – collaboration, inclusivity and industriousness – both in their interactions with colleagues and in their client work. In addition, they are deeply knowledgeable in their respective practice areas, and consistently deliver excellent service and results for our clients. We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them continue to grow in this next chapter of their careers.”

Michels focuses her practice on assisting clients in the areas of trademark, copyright, licensing and litigation. She counsels clients on trademark office action responses and manages proceedings in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board actions. Michels has experience with intellectual property litigation, including drafting pleadings, discovery, summary judgment motions and pre-trial motions. In addition to her practice, Michels is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she teaches Advanced Legal Writing for Intellectual Property Practice and coaches Loyola’s Vienna Vis Moot Team. Michels received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and her B.A. from Purdue University.

Schneider represents buyers and sellers of commercial, mixed-use, multiunit residential, and industrial properties nationwide.  His experience includes assisting clients such as real estate investment trusts and other real estate investors close deals for both single properties and portfolios, as well as guiding non-real estate focused businesses navigating all manners of real estate issues. Before joining the firm, Schneider worked as a judicial extern for The Honorable Michael M. Mihm, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He also was a PILI Fellow for Health & Disability Advocates – SSI Homeless Outreach Project in Chicago. Schneider received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


About NGE 

Neal Gerber Eisenberg is a leading law firm that handles sophisticated matters for entrepreneurs, public companies, and private businesses and their owners. More than one-third of the lawyers at Neal Gerber Eisenberg are recognized in the most recent Best Lawyers in America listing and represent scores of the Fortune 100 and many of the best-known private companies. The firm is also a trusted advisor to startups, growth companies and entrepreneurs and has built over thirty years of partnerships with clients that span the globe. We meet each unique client need with the same personalized service and collaboration, providing the most practical solutions for every matter.