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Neal Adam Simon

Family Attorney at Northfield, IL

5.0   79 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

About Neal

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For nearly two decades, I have litigated complex family law matters, focusing my practice exclusively on the negotiation and litigation of complex divorce matters.  In 2013, I opened my law office to better serve the individual needs of my clients. I devote my entire practice to the complicated legal framework of divorce and family law, and work tirelessly to achieve my clients’ goals. I am an impassioned and knowledgeable litigator, and vigorously fight to obtain the best results for each of my clients.

I frequently lecture on issues ranging from the use of technology to improve client representation to the honing of lie detection skills for use in depositions and court proceedings. He have lectured to the ABA Section of Family Law, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Chicago Bar Association, the Minnesota Family Law Institute, and the Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference, among others.

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Licensed for 19 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2003
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ventrelli | Simon LLC

Reviews

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Posted by A.C. | November 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Ext
Neal was very easy to work with and provided solid guidance throughout my divorce process. I appreciated Neal’s honesty and consideration in recommending alternatives in reaching a settlement. I never felt Neal was making things more complicated than necessary, the billing was extremely fair.
Posted by Jeff | November 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I cannot express enough superlatives about Neal and his abilities. In less than a year, he was able to resolve a situation that had been building and hanging over my head for many years. I had tried to resolve it myself for far too long by being accommodating and reasonable. But Neal stepped in for me when I determined it was time to no longer be nice. I had to fight for what I wanted and quite frankly, for what was right. All of what Neal did. He didn’t need to be rude or overly forceful; he did it through his strong knowledge and understanding of the law and constantly reminding the judge and the opposition that I had already gone above and beyond. He treated me like I was in charge (which I think we forget sometimes - that we are). He listened to me. He advised without trying to sway. And when I was wanting to set hard and fast limits, he went into negations with an “enough is enough”, no nonsense approach, which garnered results. I highly recommend Neal - without reservation. And I would hire Neal again - without a second thought.
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Posted by Jason | November 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Class and Best of the Best
Neal is best in class and the best of the best. His legal expertise is unparalleled and he operates with the perfect mix of a client-centric calculated risk-reward approach. Neal is exceptional in the realm of favorably settling for his clients as the initial goal even in adversarial conditions, while also not hesitating to go to court if a settlement that benefits his client is unattainable. Speaking from experience, there's no fiduciary I'd rather have representing me than Neal. He posseses the perfect mix of legal system expertise, knowledge of people, and genuinely caring for his clients. He is truly the best.
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Posted by Jason | October 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended for Divorce and post-Divorce
I was referred to Neal by a family member who had engaged in his services for their divorce. From the start, Neal made sure I was comfortable with the process that is divorce by educating me at every step. I was particularly thankful for his focus on ensuring that my children were front and center. His guidance was crucial in establishing a healthy post-divorce co-parenting plan. I have needed Neal's services in the years after the divorce and have been impressed by his ability to make complex and scary situations (testifying in court) manageable. I cannot recommend Neal highly enough. He has been a consistent partner and guide on how to move forward when my marriage did not work out.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Neal Simon is very knowledgeable and provided prompt information and advise. He took time to discuss and clarify issues. He is personable and ultimately very effective.
Posted by Theresa | May 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Client
Neal and his team held my hand and walked me through my parental/child support agreement with flying colors. This was a difficult and painful time made easier with Neal's support. I highly recommend him for any family court proceedings. You will be well taken care of throughout your tribulation.
Posted by Kyle | May 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Has been there for me for 7 years
Neal Simon is a caring, fair and honest lawyer. He will listen to your case and give you an honest assessment. He is very aggressive when he needs to be and always has my back. I can say 100% that the reason I have my children 50% of the time is because of Neal's work. After my initial divorce Neal has stayed with me helping me through a number of issues with my ex wife, all ending in my favor because of the support I received from Neal. I am a father. My kids are the most important thing to me and I will fight for them for the rest of my life. Neal is aligned with this and fights for them with me. I am very thankful I found Neal and he is on my side.
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Posted by Charles | March 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Fair, Brilliant
Neal handled a very complicated divorce with ease. He is Not intimidated by the big name firms that churn fees. He works hard for you without over billing. Big Value, extremely smart, well respected. The judge complimented him at the end of the case on how he handled everything. I’ve also recommended him to a relative who had a great experience as well. Neal is the Best!
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Posted by Stacey | January 13, 2022
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Staceys review
Divorce is an emotional and painful time. Neal not only has a wonderful disposition but he is knowledgeable, empathetic, strategic and looked out for my best interest. I asked so many questions that most were over my head but with Neals guidance he helped me to understand the whole process and excellent in helping me to understand my rights. All of the documents were very well written and extremely thorough. I highly recommend Neal and his firm!!
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Posted by Joseph | July 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A compassionate, trustworthy and formidable ally
Five minutes into my initial consult, I knew I had found the right lawyer. Neal combines a no-nonsense, direct approach with warmth, tact, kindness and sincerity. These winning traits are underpinned by impressive credentials and experience, and incisive, effective litigation skills. Neal does not tell you what you want to hear. Hire another attorney if that’s what you want. Rather, he distills his firm grasp of the law, extensive experience with how the system works, and sharp instincts to deliver expert, realistic, and wise advice. After deviating from his recommendations a few times and regretting it, I learned to trust him implicitly. Before the judge, Neal shines. I marveled at his preparation, eloquence, passion, and effectiveness in advocating for me at every court appearance. The petitions, responses and pre-trial memorandum he composed for the court were convincing, substantiated and accurate. Neal prepared me well for every court appearance both in terms of what to say (or not say!) and what the range of possible outcomes might be. His results exceeded my expectations in every instance. To say I was grateful to have Neal protecting my interests is an understatement. In collaboration and negotiation, Neal is perceptive, insightful, creative, and savvy. After failed mediation, failed collaboration and multiple petitions in a case that spanned 4.5 years, two mediators and my ex’s succession of four legal teams, I fully expected to end up at trial. I didn’t want that. Neal charted a course that culminated in a crushing pretrial conference during which the judge ruled in my favor on nearly every issue. I credit Neal with averting trial and drawing a reasonable settlement from the opposition. This was a huge success as well as a relief because I especially didn’t want to involve my son in a trial. Neal told me in our first meeting that because Ventrelli & Simon LLC is a boutique firm with a small staff, there might be times when another client’s critical juncture would require his full attention. He said during those times he might seem unresponsive to non-critical items. But he went on to reassure me that whenever my case would heat up, he’d be dedicated to me. He was true to his word. At every surprise grenade lobbed by my ex, gearing up for every court appearance and especially as we accelerated toward settlement, I felt like I was Neal’s only client. He kept in constant contact and continually pressed the opposition to move forward until we had signed agreements and a decree in hand. Finally, in spite of my ex’s frequent flip-flopping, recalcitrance, and parade of legal representation, Neal was a class act, always taking the high road. He never said a single inappropriate or disrespectful word about her, publicly or privately. That’s the caliber of the man. He is the complete package. I feel VERY lucky that I happened to be referred to him. I am a client for life and can’t recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by James | July 12, 2021
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Integrity, Honesty, Knowledgeable, and Dedicated
Neal represented me for several years during my divorce. He brought a deep knowledge and understanding to my case. From day one, he informed me of excellently what to expect from the process, himself, and the courts. Neal isn't just honest when it is easy, he is honest when it is difficult to tell a client what they need to hear. He gave me advice that was hard to hear sometimes being up front about what could or could not be accomplished. On at least one occasion he saved my from myself and a potentially costly legal fight that would have yielded no benefits. It is very difficult to tell a client when they are pursing something that is not in their best interests but Neal was always very frank with me. That being said, when something was feasible, he would help me come up with a strategy to purse it, obtain our goals, and not waste effort on extemporaneous but seemingly related items. He brought a laser focus. When it comes to advocating in the courts, he is the most passionate and dedicated advocate someone could ask for. He will tirelessly advocate for his client. Neal helped me focus on only what mattered and could be obtained in my divorce and not waste time, money, emotional energy, or effort on what can't be accomplished. I can't recommend Neal highly enough!
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Posted by Bonnie | June 23, 2021
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Ventrelli Simon LLC. is the Best!
Neal Simon LLC is an Attorney with integrity. Neal is honest and kind. When I first spoke with Neal on the phone I felt a sense of unity. Neal will not make you feel uptight and unlike many attorneys (I am one who has dealt with several,) he feels like a friend and you will sense that too immediately. Neal Simon wants to help you and he will do all he can, I promise you. I have never known an attorney quite like him and I recommend Neal highly! However I would not want to go up against him in a court of law. Thankfully, Neal settled my predicament before going to court was a necessity. I know what Neal can do when he see’s an injustice and empathizes with what you are fighting for. Neal Simon LLC is truly one of a kind. With “compassion and understanding” this is how Ventrelli Simon treats their clients. I was lucky enough to have experienced this firsthand. I would never consider hiring another attorney other than Neal Simon. He will see the injustice that was perpetrated against you. Wisdom, Knowledge, Efficiency and Experience is how Ventrelli Simon LLC conducts their business. After being a client of this law firm I understand why Ventrelli Simon LLC has been voted the “Best Law Firm”, in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Thank you Neal Simon and a big “thank you “ to Reena, Neal’s legal assistant. Reena has listened to my concerns when Neal was fighting for Justice in the courtroom.
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Posted by Timothy | June 14, 2021
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Divorce case
From start to finish Neal and his team guided me through a very difficult process. His approach, personality, and overall knowledge made me feel comfortable and in good keeping. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Steve | March 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A great family law attorney ...and person.
Neal was excellent to work with in resolving my divorce after being married for many years. Neal's legal expertise, combined with his empathy and compassion for all involved, makes Neal somebody you want on your team. While keeping his client's interests at the forefront, he is always focused on practical as well as legal solutions to resolve issues and move efficiently to the conclusion of what is almost always a very stressful, complicated and emotional process. While one would hope not to be a repeat client of any family law attorney, Neal was the first person I called prior to getting remarried to draft our pre-marital agreement.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2021
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Knowledge, Experience and Communication
Neal is an excellent attorney and was extremely effective in representing me. I’ve also recommended him to a cousin and he was also very happy with Neal and the outcome he achieved.
Posted by Michelle | November 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and so friendly and approachable
I'm grateful to have found Neal to help me understand my options and guide me in the with regards to child support and custody. He is a true ally! When it comes time to hire professional counsel, he will definitely be the one I call. thank you, Neal.
Posted by Susan | June 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate attorney
Neal was patient kind and compassionate. Very thorough with my best interest at the forefront at all times. I highly recommend him
Posted by Kyle | June 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Changed my case 180 degrees
My case was going in the wrong direction. Something had to change and thank god I found Neal. My case instantly turned around. He is an honest lawyer who will take care of you. You’re case may be different by I ended up with 50/50 with Neal and I believe it was because of his influence and expertise. I am continuing with Neal in my future needs (such as having my ex follow the orders that were agreed to). I would give 10 stars if I could.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2020
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Honored my request for an amicable/collaborative divorce.
When I asked my husband for a divorce due to lifestyle choices and differences we agreed to draft a Marital Separation Agreement (MSA) in collaboration with one another and try to do the divorce without the services of an attorney. I initially visited Neal on a consultation and so that he could explain Illinois Divorce Law . I explained my what I could only call "unusual circumstances" in detail and told Neal what I/we wanted to achieve. We had no minor children and owned a home together which we agreed he would remain in and either sell or refinance. Neither one of us wanted to gouge one another or make the other pay for the rest of their lives. What I didn't know however was that there was something that worked to my benefit and that was "Dissipation of Marital Assets" which Neal explained in great detail in full consideration of my desire to not rake him over the coals but rather to use this to my advantage to basically give me back the lifestyle which I was accustomed to. After doing a great deal of fact finding and homework I sat down with Neal to begin to draft a reasonable starting point for the asset portion of our MSA. I went into it not requesting alimony or maintenance and my ex agreed (at the first meeting) to everything I proposed. We were able in a time period of about 4 months to finalize the agreement, get a court date and finalize our divorce. In my opinion Neal is empathetic, honest and ethical to a fault. He completely honored my request for an amicable divorce and very clearly explained everything to me in great detail. My ex did not retain the services of an attorney and because I/we did a lot of the legwork ourselves and I paid my own attorney fees, we were able to complete our divorce for less than $3,500. One of the most significant things that Neal did for me while helping me draft the initial MSA was to help me retain all of my $400K plus retirement account. I was referred to Neal by a friend who was a former divorce client of his. I interviewed 4 attorneys (Neal included) and Neal was the ONLY one who went above and beyond in the initial 30 minute consultation which when we finished was an hour and 15 minutes. He took all of my relevant information at that time so that if and when I made the decision to hire him we didn't have to waste time (& $$) gathering all of the info. On some of my appointments he met me in jeans and a collared shirt, indicating that he was a person, with a family, above all else. On some of those meetings we played the hypothetical "what if" game so that I was able to weigh the potential benefits and consequences of a particular course of action in order to make a fully informed decision. I would very highly recommend Neal Simon and his staff who were all very easy to work with and very accommodating. You won't regret it for a minute.
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Posted by Joseph | May 20, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
I had been through two attorneys that were downtown Chicago that kept me in Court for over six years. Being told by both, "no we Can Not do that.. it is impossible". Frustrated I fired my last attorney from the loop and found Neal. I read his reviews and met with him to discuss my case. I have to say with out a doubt that Neal, got me out of court and settled my cases with my ex in a very fair and reasonable matter. My only regret is that I did not find and hire him six years ago, my life would have been much different today. Neal is by far the best Divorce/Family attorney that I have come across and I would highly recommend him. Thanks Neal.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Neal Simon, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP
  • 2003 - 2013

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Co-Editor of The Docket (legal periodical)
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Selected as Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. New & World Report
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. New & World Report
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. New & World Report
  • 2018
  • Selected as Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Selected as Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Ventrelli Simon LLC Selected as Best Law Firms in Illinois
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Property
  • C.A.L.I.
  • 2001
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing
  • C.A.L.I.
  • 2000
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Publications

  • American Journal of Family Law
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Liars and Love Microexpressions
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference
  • A Brief Education on Prevarication
  • 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Kentucky chapter)
  • Liar's Court
  • 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AICPA Divorce Seminar Committee
  • The Truth About Lies
  • 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Detecting the Liar
  • 2012
  • 23rd AAML Ohio Chapter; Harold R. Kemp Annual Family Law Symposium
  • How to Determine if a Witness is Lying
  • 2011
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Liar's Court: Defeating Lies in Matrimonial Matters From Negotiation to the Courtroom
  • 2011
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Detecting Deception
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Ex, Lies, and Videotape: Defeating Machiavellian Tactics and Lies in Negotiation
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Neal and I had a very difficult case. He exhibited patience and diligence while appropriately advocating for his client. He possesses the rare quality of compassion."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Neal for years. He is a quality, honest and thoughtful attorney. He cares about his clients and the results."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal is a bright and honest attorney. A great guy to have on your side!"
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Neal is an excellent attorney with expansive knowledge of the area of family law. As a result he is able to negotiate very effectively on behalf of his clients. I endorse Neal Simon."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Neal is a very experienced, talented and smart attorney. He really cares about his clients and is excellent at communicating with them. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal Simon is a talented family law attorney, well respected by his peers. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable and conscientious. He listens to his clients and provides sound, practical advice. His clients always speak favorably about him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Neal is very client centric and a great listener. I would highly reccomend this good man. Always a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Neal Simon for most of his law career, I am confident that anyone who hires him will be in excellent hands. Neal Simon has the unique experience and abilities to handle any type of case- whether it is a complex, multi-million dollar estate, to a simple, uncontested divorce. Having previously worked for a high-end divorce firm, Neal brings great experience, with a reasonable hourly rate. I recommend Neal Simon with the highest regard."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A diligent and hardworking lawyer"
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