In the Community

The firm of Neal & Leroy takes great pride in its attorney's extensive involvement in community and support of local causes and advancing social issues. Some of the organizations and events our firms attorneys are involved in include:

  • American Bar Association Student Arbitration Competition
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Black Ensemble Theater
  • Chicago Foundling Home
  • Chicago Public Library Foundation
  • Chicago United
  • Circle of Friends, Vice President
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Law Task Force and Subcommittee of the Cook County Elder Justice Center
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Court-Annexed Arbitration Program
  • City of Chicago, Parking Task Force
  • Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Board
  • Emanuel Congregation
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Benefit Committee
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County
  • Francis W. Parker School
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Golden Apple Foundation
  • High Jump Organization
  • Illinois Institute for Local Government
  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission of Civility
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, First Judicial District
  • Landmark Illinois
  • Localized NFP
  • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Parkwest Nursery Cooperative
  • Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • University of Chicago
  • Urban Land Institute 
  • Women in Planning and Development 
  • Wrightwood Neighbors Association
  • Young Professional Group of Jackson Park Hospital

Teaching and Education

Passing on knowledge and wisdom is essential to the continued advancement of the community. Neal & Leroy proudly support its attorneys in their teaching and lecturing endeavors at institutions and programs throughout the Chicago area, including the following:

  • Attorney Continuing Education Seminars; Land Use, Eminent Domain, Urban Development, and Historic Preservation Law 
  • Cook County Bar Association Bar Preparation Program
  • Illinois Bar Association, The Lawyer’s Workshop
  • Illinois Certified Teacher
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyer in the Classroom
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Comer Science and Education Foundation, Teacher in Library
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin

Speaking and Presenting

The following topics and events are representative of the numerous speaking and presenting activities that Neal & Leroy attorneys regularly participate in:

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements, National Business Institute -Fredd
  • Public Contracts and Procurement Processes, National Bar Institute -Fredd
  • Testimony at the Hearing Before Joint Committee of the Committee on Finance -Friedman
  • Testimony before the Committee on Housing and Real Estate of the City Council of the City of Chicago -Friedman
  • BLSA Speaker, Northwestern University, April 2014 -Fredd
  • Evolving Standards for Just Compensation -Leroy
  • Historic Preservation Law, ApexCLE -Friedman
  • Real Estate and Land Use Litigation; Citizen Participation Act and Fairness Hearing, Law Seminars International -Friedman
  • Neal & Leroy, LLC’s In-House Seminar Series -Friedman
  • Mayor’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast -Fredd
  • Michael D. Leroy’s Leading Lawyers’ Brochure -Leroy
  • International Eminent Domain Seminar -Lynch
  • New Illinois Eminent Domain Act Symposium -Lynch
  • Women’s Day Speaker, Woodlawn AME Church -Fredd
  • Women’s Leadership Coalition, Northwestern University –Fredd

Bar Associations and Professional Organizations

Neal & Leroy attorneys actively participate in Bar and professional organizations locally, at the state level, and nationally:

  • American Bar Association: Richter, Castillo, Lynch, Sublett
  • Appellate Lawyers Association: Friedman
  • Chicago Bar Association: Borstein, Diamond, Friedman, Castillo, Leroy, Lynch, Sezer, Richter, Fredd, Sublett
  • Cook County Bar Association: Fredd (Former President), Sublett
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers: Fredd
  • National Bar Association: Fredd (Women Lawyers’ Division)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois: Diamond, Fredd, Castillo