Firm History

Our History

Neal & Leroy, LLC, one of the oldest minority owned and operated law firms in the United States, was founded in 1938 by Earl J. Neal, who was later appointed a Circuit Court Judge. Judge Neal's son, Earl L. Neal, joined the firm in 1955. Together, father and son tried jury cases throughout Illinois, and quickly gained a reputation as distinguished trial lawyers. The practice burgeoned, and the firm expanded to become Earl L. Neal & Associates, LLC. Earl L. Neal's son, Langdon D. Neal, joined the firm in 1981. 

George N. Leighton

In 1987, after twenty-three combined years as a judge on the state and federal benches, George Leighton, still fondly referred to as “the judge”, became of counsel to Neal & Leroy, LLC, practicing in the areas of litigation and appellate cases. Leighton retired from Neal & Leroy, LLC in October 2011 at the age of ninety-nine years old. As a compassionate champion of human rights, George Leighton has achieved numerous awards recognizing his outstanding service and contributions to the legal community. His participation in several historical cases has been instrumental in defeating racism and other violations of human rights. 


In 2005, the firm became Neal & Leroy, LLC in recognition of the firm's expanded practice areas and the contributions of its dedicated and committed group of Managing Partners, Langdon D. NealMichael D. LeroyRichard F. FriedmanAnne L. FreddJeanette SublettTerrance L. Diamond, and Lenny D. Asaro. In 2013, the firm celebrated 75 years of excellence, and moved to a new location in Chicago’s “Loop” the following year.

Our Practice

The firm's practice is focused primarily in the areas of eminent domain/condemnationzoning, development and land useconstruction lawreal estate transactions and financepublic and project financehistoric preservationlitigation, general corporate, municipal lawbankruptcy, and labor and employment, although the attorneys of Neal & Leroy have successfully handled a wide variety of more specialized matters for the firm's clients.

Our Approach

In all its endeavors, Neal & Leroy is committed to providing the resources necessary to meet the needs of its clients, no matter how large or small. Mindful of the firm's genesis, and with respect for its history and the high standards it has always attained, Neal & Leroy pledges to exceed expectations of all clients in providing superior quality legal services. Also, we pledge to remain sensitive to the issues of cost containment, accountability, and the unique business concerns of each of our clients.

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