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Neil helps companies reshape their workplace culture, and avoid problems before they happen


Many attorneys spend most of their time helping get their clients out of trouble after they’re already in it. Neil is good at that, but what he prefers to do, is to help his clients avoid getting into trouble in the first place.


To do that, Neil uses a couple of unique strategies. The first and most important is to graduate to a world free from hourly billing. Because Neil focuses exclusively on matters relating to the employer-employee relationship, he becomes, in effect, an outsourced Director of Human Resources for his clients. He develops policies, procedures and processes, drafts and edits forms and contracts,  conducts training, drafts and oversees employee communications programs, and answers day-to-day questions, all for a single, all-inclusive monthly fee.

Importantly this means that his clients do not need to fear the “ticking clock” when they call Neil. This makes it more likely they will call, and less likely they will run into the kinds of problems that Neil’s advice so effectively helps them avoid.

Let Neil show you how his years and breadth of experience, can benefit your company in the years to come.

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Developing Policies
and Procedures

Forms &

Conducts Employer-Employee Training

Oversees Employee Communications Programs

Remains in Constant Contact with Each Client

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Say goodbye to hourly billings. Imagine a world in which your organization knows ahead of time precisely what its monthly legal bill will be. And imagine that, in that world, you will pay the same, low monthly fee whether you call your attorney once, or twice a day, every day.


It’s like having your own in-house labor counsel, but without the costs you’d incur to have to find and hire one.


The benefits of such an arrangement are many, but to name just a few:


 - Your organization can amortize the cost of large legal projects (e.g. an employment practices review, handbook creation or employee training program) over an extended period of time, thus minimizing any hit to your bottom line. Note that this is especially valuable for Neil’s unionized clients, for whom the costs of negotiating their union contracts can be amortized across a three or four-year period.


 - Lends predictability to an expense item that otherwise might gyrate unpredictably.


 - Your organization can seek legal advice on even the smallest matters, without having to worry about the “ticking clock”.


 - Even more important, by seeking legal advice on the small matters, Neil can help ensure that they stay small.


 - By getting “off the clock” Neil has the freedom to dig into your business and operate less as an outside lawyer, and as more of an in-house counsel or even your business partner.


Depending on the nature of your business and the number of employees you have, Neil’s Fixed Fee Retainers are very affordable, starting at just a few hundred dollars a month. Call us to see whether such an arrangement is right for your organization.

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If you want to make good decisions regarding workplace issues you need the facts. But sometimes the only way you can get those facts is to bring someone in from the outside to gather them for you.


Sometimes an impartial outside investigation may be required by law. In other cases it may simply be the smartest course. But in either case an experienced outsider like Neil Stern brings to the table:


Years of experience conducting investigation a wide variety of employment settings;


Knowledge of relevant legal standards, both state and federal; and


Familiarity and experience with standard investigative techniques and assessment criteria.


Depending on your company’s needs, Neil can function as a truly independent investigator who can, if necessary, testify at trial regarding his investigation. He can also operate as your organization’s counsel, and use his investigation as the basis for his advice to your organization. In either case, you’ll be getting the best available advice, and can feel completely confident that Neil will treat your matter with the care, competence and discretion that your organization both needs and deserves.


Contact us now if you believe your organization may benefit from our investigative services.



Law Office of Neil Stern

2044 W. Roscoe Unit 3N

Chicago, IL 60618


The information that appears on this website is for general use only. It is not legal advice. The sending and/or receipt of this form does not create, nor is it intended to create, an attorney-client relationship. Any information you provide via this form will not be confidential or privileged unless and until Neil has agreed to represent you. If you submit this form, you confirm that you have read and understand this notice. 

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