A lifelong resident of Rockford, Neil Blakeslee graduated from Rockford High School in 1966 and the University of Michigan in 1970. Mr. Blakeslee then joined the armed forces and served a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He returned to the Rockford area after his military service and commuted to Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing while clerking in a local law firm. He graduated from Cooley in 1981 and set up his own general practice law firm in Rockford. The practice expanded quickly and allowed Mr. Blakeslee to concentrate his efforts in the areas of real estate law, small business assistance, and estate planning. By combining legal expertise in his areas of practice with a genuine concern for problem solving, the practice has grown to include a broad and diverse base of clients.
Mr. Blakeslee has continued his family tradition of public and community service by serving on many area civic organizations and boards. This service has included elected office as a Rockford City Council member and four years as Mayor of the City of Rockford.
Mr. Blakeslee's real estate expertise includes property evaluation and purchase, zoning approval, construction liens, and site condominium documentation. He is broadly experienced in small business formation and management, and the purchase and sale of businesses. His estate planning background includes planning and drafting of wills and trusts for people with small and medium sized estates, as well as the living and death probate activities for disabled or deceased clients.