Partner, Bolingbrook Office and Rockford Office

ph: 630.929.3639
fax:630.783.3231
nsmith@robbins-schwartz.com

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M. Neal Smith, Jr.

Neal represents municipalities, school districts, community colleges and other local governmental clients as well as companies and individuals in a wide range of complex legal matters.  In addition to representing clients in tort and commercial litigation, Neal represents clients in several unique areas of the law including land use and zoning litigation, construction litigation and election law and campaign finance matters.  Neal has represented clients in state and Federal Court and before administrative agencies such as the Illinois State Board of Elections, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. 

Neal advises clients in contract drafting and review and in preparation of other legal documents on a wide range of issues.  For local governmental clients he prepares and reviews ordinances, resolutions and intergovernmental agreements, attends board and committee meetings and advises elected and appointed officials and employees on all types of legal issues that concern local governmental clients.  Neal Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of board governance, land use issues, tax, finance and litigation. Neal advises municipal and school district electoral boards and candidates running for public office on issues concerning ballot access and campaign finance.

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Community College Trustee Elections: Petitions, Procedures & Campaign Finance Disclosure.  Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Naperville, IL (November 2016)
  • Ethical Dilemmas for Municipal Attorneys, National Business Institute, Naperville, IL (March 2016)
  • The Ins and Outs of Municipal Liens and Demolitions, 102nd Annual Conference of the Illinois Municipal League, Chicago, IL (September 2015)
  • Ethical Requirements for Elected Officials, Illinois Association of Park Districts Boot Camp, Crest Hill, IL (May 2015) 
  • When a Good Project Goes Bad: Managing the Dispute Resolution Process, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Local Government Elections: Petitions, Procedures and Updates.  DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (December 2014)
  • Community College Trustee Elections: Petitions, Procedure and Ethics, Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Normal, IL (September 2014)
  • Demolition Actions and Unsafe Structures, 100th Annual Conference of the Illinois Municipal League, Chicago, IL (October 2013)
  • Ethical Requirements for Elected Officials, IAPD Boot Camp, Channahon, IL (June 2013)
  • Fast Track Demolition Process, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, East Hazel Crest, IL (September 2012)
  • Ubiquitous Manufactured Housing: Implications for Your Community, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (August 2012)
  • What is Environmentally Driven Zoning Law?, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (August 2012)
  • Using Demolition and Abandonment Proceedings to Help Make Communities Safe, DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (March 2012)
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interest, Newly Elected Officials Workshop, Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Association of Park Districts & Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Joliet, IL (June 2011)
  • Municipal Liens: The Ins and Outs of an Effective Debt Collection Tool, DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (March 2011)

M. Neal Smith, Jr.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2000

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

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Township Attorneys Association
  • Will County Bar Association

M. Neal Smith, Jr.

M. Neal Smith, Jr.

Partner, Bolingbrook Office
ph: 630.929.3639
fax:630.783.3231
nsmith@robbins-schwartz.com

Neal represents municipalities, school districts, community colleges and other local governmental clients as well as companies and individuals in a wide range of complex legal matters.  In addition to representing clients in tort and commercial litigation, Neal represents clients in several unique areas of the law including land use and zoning litigation, construction litigation and election law and campaign finance matters.  Neal has represented clients in state and Federal Court and before administrative agencies such as the Illinois State Board of Elections, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. 

Neal advises clients in contract drafting and review and in preparation of other legal documents on a wide range of issues.  For local governmental clients he prepares and reviews ordinances, resolutions and intergovernmental agreements, attends board and committee meetings and advises elected and appointed officials and employees on all types of legal issues that concern local governmental clients.  Neal Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of board governance, land use issues, tax, finance and litigation. Neal advises municipal and school district electoral boards and candidates running for public office on issues concerning ballot access and campaign finance.

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Community College Trustee Elections: Petitions, Procedures & Campaign Finance Disclosure.  Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Naperville, IL (November 2016)
  • Ethical Dilemmas for Municipal Attorneys, National Business Institute, Naperville, IL (March 2016)
  • The Ins and Outs of Municipal Liens and Demolitions, 102nd Annual Conference of the Illinois Municipal League, Chicago, IL (September 2015)
  • Ethical Requirements for Elected Officials, Illinois Association of Park Districts Boot Camp, Crest Hill, IL (May 2015) 
  • When a Good Project Goes Bad: Managing the Dispute Resolution Process, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Local Government Elections: Petitions, Procedures and Updates.  DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (December 2014)
  • Community College Trustee Elections: Petitions, Procedure and Ethics, Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Normal, IL (September 2014)
  • Demolition Actions and Unsafe Structures, 100th Annual Conference of the Illinois Municipal League, Chicago, IL (October 2013)
  • Ethical Requirements for Elected Officials, IAPD Boot Camp, Channahon, IL (June 2013)
  • Fast Track Demolition Process, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, East Hazel Crest, IL (September 2012)
  • Ubiquitous Manufactured Housing: Implications for Your Community, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (August 2012)
  • What is Environmentally Driven Zoning Law?, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (August 2012)
  • Using Demolition and Abandonment Proceedings to Help Make Communities Safe, DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (March 2012)
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interest, Newly Elected Officials Workshop, Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Association of Park Districts & Illinois Community College Trustees Association, Joliet, IL (June 2011)
  • Municipal Liens: The Ins and Outs of an Effective Debt Collection Tool, DuPage County Bar Association Local Government Committee, Wheaton, IL (March 2011)

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2000

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

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Township Attorneys Association
  • Will County Bar Association

Practice Areas