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.  The following are just a few of the highlights of the Firm’s proud story:

Earl J. Neal

Earl L. Neal

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1938

Earl J. Neal begins his private law practice at 63rd and Cottage Grove in Chicago, Illinois and the Neal law firm is founded.   He was later appointed as judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

1955

Son Earl L. Neal joins firm after receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Neal served a short stint in the United States Army after receiving his law degree. Neal became principal of the firm when his father was appointed judge in 1968.

1960-1969

Appointed by Mayor Richard J. Daley, Earl L. Neal serves as special assistant corporation counsel, responsible for acquiring land for the Dan Ryan Expressway, Deep Tunnel Project and the Near South Side's redevelopment.

1969

Managing Member and Partner Michael D. Leroy joins the firm after serving in the Land Acquisition Division of the Law Department for the City of Chicago.

1971

Earl L. Neal serves on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees until 1983. In 1975, Neal becomes the University of Illinois' first African-American Board President.

1976

Managing Member and Partner Anne Fredd joins the firm after serving as a Clerk for in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, for Justice Glenn T. Johnson.

1979

Managing Member and Partner Terrance Diamond joins firm after receiving her J.D. from William and Mary Law School, Virginia. 

1981

Langdon D. Neal, grandson of Earl J. Neal and son of Earl L. Neal, joins firm after receiving his law degree from the University of Illinois, College of Law.

1982

Earl L. Neal is named President of the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation and serves as Chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority Board.

1983

Managing Member and Partner Richard Friedman joins firm after serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Appeal and Review and Finance Divisions of the City of Chicago Law Department.

1985

Langdon D. Neal is appointed to the State of Illinois Board of Elections where he served until 1997.  He served as Chairman of the State Board of Elections from 1994-1995.

1987

George N. Leighton, iconic civil rights lawyer, former judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, former Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, the first African American to be so appointed, and U. S. District Court Judge of the Northern District, Chicago, Illinois, retires from the bench and joins the firm.

1993

Managing Member and Partner Jeanette Sublett joins firm after serving thirteen years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County.  Ms. Sublett served in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the State’s Attorney’s Office in various positions including Deputy Chief of the Civil Actions Bureau.

1997

Langdon Neal is appointed Chairman of the City of Chicago Board of Elections.  He served as Chairman until 2015.

2018

The Firm celebrates 80 years of excellence in providing superior legal services to its clients.

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