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M. Neal Smith

Partner, Lisle Office and Rockford Office

ph: 630-929-3639

M. Neal Smith

Neal’s legal practice encompasses a broad spectrum. He represents municipalities, school districts, community colleges, and other local governmental entities, as well as individuals and companies. His experience spans tort and commercial litigation, land use and zoning, and election law and campaign finance matters. Neal has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Illinois State Board of Elections the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.  

His role extends beyond litigation, as Neal provides valuable counsel in real estate transactions and contract drafting and review. For local governmental clients, he plays a crucial role in preparing and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, and intergovernmental agreements. Neal regularly attends board and committee meetings, offering guidance to elected and appointed officials, and addressing a myriad of legal issues affecting local governmental entities.

Neal is also a trusted advisor to municipal and township electoral boards, and his counsel extends to candidates running for public office.  

In addition to his legal work, Neal is actively involved in community service as a member of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church, contributing to the staff/parish relations committee.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Election, Political & Campaign Law; Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; and School Law

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Municipal League
  • Will County Bar Association

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Legal Issues Impacting Not-for-Profit Corporations in Illinois, Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Coalition (February 2020)