Ned Robertson has a broad-based business law, financing, real estate and family law practice. He advises clients on a multitude of business matters, including shareholder agreements, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and agreements relating to the purchase and sale of corporate assets.

He is also Co-Chair of the Banking Law Group at Aronberg Goldgehn.

Ned represents banks and corporate borrowers in asset based, construction and real estate financing, including the preparation and negotiation of loan documents. He also is involved in transactions resulting in the restructuring of debt.

Ned regularly consults with closely-held business owners on incentive compensation plans designed to retain key employees. As part of this practice, he has represented franchisors and franchisees in the preparation and negotiation of franchise agreements and in state regulatory matters, and has represented clients with trademark, copyright and domain name issues.

Ned represents property owners in real estate transactions, including purchasers and sellers of vacant land, and industrial, commercial, multi-family and office buildings. As part of this practice, he has prepared documentation for the conversion of buildings to condominium and has advised clients with respect to 1031 exchanges.

Ned also advises clients on asset protection and succession planning, including in the preparation of irrevocable trusts and family limited partnerships.


  • Representing a client in the sale of a multimillion-dollar service business

  • Representing a client in the purchase and subsequent sale of a 424-unit multi-family project

  • Preparing documentation for a limited liability company client desiring to retain key employees by granting them indirect membership interests in the operating entity

  • Preparing documents for the sale of assets to a grantor trust, which resulted in significant wealth transfer to benefit younger generation family members free of transfer tax


Ned joined Aronberg Goldgehn in May 1988.

He holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability. Also, since 2004 Ned has been recognized annually as a Leading Lawyer in Banking & Financial Institutions Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers.


  • Illinois Attorney General's Franchise Advisory Board Member

  • The Children's Research Fund, an affiliate of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Honorary Life Member


IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1971

Hobart College, B.A.,Political Science, 1967


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


  • Chicago Bar Association, past Chair of Trust Law Committee
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer in Banking & Financial Institutions Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law (2004-present)


What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? Working in a relaxed professional environment where attorneys and staff truly care about one another
What is one item on your bucket list? Take six months to travel around the world
What is your favorite place in Chicago? My office
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? African safari
What is something most people don’t know about you? I like fast cars