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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2003||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Attorney||Ventrelli Simon LLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||The Law Offices of Neal Simon, P.C.||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP||2003 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|American Journal of Family Law||How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Liars and Love Microexpressions||2012|
|DePaul University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||2000|
|Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference||A Brief Education on Prevarication||2013|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Kentucky chapter)||Liar's Court||2013|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Detecting the Liar||2012|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AICPA Divorce Seminar Committee||The Truth About Lies||2012|
|Chicago Bar Association||Detecting Deception||2011|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Liar's Court: Defeating Lies in Matrimonial Matters From Negotiation to the Courtroom||2011|
|23rd AAML Ohio Chapter; Harold R. Kemp Annual Family Law Symposium||How to Determine if a Witness is Lying||2011|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Ex, Lies, and Videotape: Defeating Machiavellian Tactics and Lies in Negotiation||2010|
Posted by anonymous
Neal was very professional and helpful. He laid out all my options and allowed me to choose what I wanted to do. He made good recommendations, but was not pushy. I will definitely recommend his services to anybody in need.
Posted by Patrick
Dr. Neal Simon was the attorney that I hired for my divorce case. I found Ventrelli Simon Family & Divorce Law Firm through Avvo.com where I read many positive reviews about the firm. So I called and met with Dr. Simon. As of today, my case has already been completed with success. It was quite a *RELIEF* to have him on my side during this stressful and painful period of my life. Dr. Simon fully understood all the difficulties that I was experiencing as a client and made all his efforts to help me get out of that *BIG MESS*.
Dr. Simon is a senior attorney with many years of legal experience in family law in Illinois and a high level of professionalism as a legal counsel. He is extremely skillful in designing strategies which will work as anticipated. He is also instrumental in persuading the other party to accept proposed agreements. Thanks to his legal expertise, for my case, it took just a little bit over 1.5 months to reach an agreement with the other party and to have the marriage dissolution order entered. At the end of the litigation, he also prevented me from being *harmed* by several other unreasonable requests from the other party, which really helped me out.
Dr. Simon is an understanding person. During the course of my case, I mostly resided in another state about over 1,000 miles away from Illinois where the lawsuit was filed. Because it was a long distance lawsuit, I could not show up for most of the court hearings and was very concerned that the case would take forever to complete. Dr. Simon understood my concerns. He kept me well informed about the entire process in a timely manner, from each court order to each single E-mail communication with the other party. In addition, more importantly, he provided me with plenty of workable strategic advice on avoiding delays and expediting the litigation process.
Dr. Simon is detail-oriented. As is typical in a divorce case, there are so many details in the final judgement and agreement that even a very minor change in language/wording could have a deep impact on the client’s obligations under the order. As for my case, Dr. Simon was able to foresee each and every (even remote) chance which the other party could possibly take advantage of and he was always able to come up with a solution to prevent me from becoming vulnerable. Among others, two specific examples from just the final prove-up hearing: 1) He asked me to verbally and clearly recite to the other party my E-mail address in front of the judge to avoid ever being held responsible by the other party for not providing sufficient information to effectuate and fulfil one of the terms in the agreement; 2) He helped me document every item that I handed over to the other party and had the other party sign a receipt that he drafted spontaneously right after the hearing
Dr. Simon was conscientious (i.e., careful) about incurring attorney fees and was honest with me about how much was spent on what services. He would not incur fees unless the services were/would be necessary in bringing the case to completion in my favor. I was able to see the rationale/usefulness of each step he suggested. As a cost-sensitive person, I always carefully reviewed each invoice from him and compared the invoice items with what I had received: E-mails, letters, etc. I found they matched well. Each and every item listed in the invoice was justifiable by concrete evidences. So, I was never worried about being over-charged.
To sum up, Dr. Neal Simon is a veteran attorney with a high level of legal expertise, a great sense of compassion, and is a person of strong integrity. Because my divorce case went through smoothly, I had full confidence in his work throughout the entire litigation. I am very satisfied with the final results. Therefore, I strongly recommend Dr. Neal Simon to whoever is starting to feel the stress and pains from the divorce lawsuit. He will be able to protect you and help you get out of that big mess *FAST AND EASY*.
Posted by Jennifer
I was given Neal's name as a recommendation for a divorce lawyer. When I initially met with him, I was very unsure and nervous of what the process would be like. Neal was very knowledgeable, able to answer all my questions and offered input on things I didn't even think to ask. He genuinely seems like a nice person who wanted the best for me.
As the process went on, there was a lot of back and forth, and he was always able to answer my questions and reassure me when I felt unsure about anything.
At the court date, I felt prepared because Neal had called and walked me through everything that would happen. This did a lot to make the experience as painless as possible. When I saw the other lawyers in the room, I was glad Neal was representing me. He is very down to earth and comfortable to work with.
He maintained contact with me after court for the final few items needing to be dealt with, and I would not hesitate to contact him with any questions in the future.
I definitely would recommend Neal to others.
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