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Biography

Neal focuses his practice on employment litigation and employer counseling for companies across a variety of industries.

Neal has represented employers in single plaintiff and class and collective action litigation claims under FLSA, Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the ADEA, the WARN Act and various other federal and state employment laws. He also specializes in wage and hour litigation and is head of the firm’s wage and hour group.

Neal proactively works with clients to help solve a variety of employment challenges, including:

  • Handbooks, employment contracts, job descriptions, non-compete agreements and other onboarding needs
  • Wage and hour compliance and practices
  • Managing disability and leave questions
  • Corporate training programs
  • Discipline and discharge issues
  • Severance agreements and packages
  • Internal investigations
  • Employment litigation
  • Class and Collective Wage and Hour litigation

Neal is a regular speaker and trainer on employment and human resources topics, including managing wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment issues, the Family Medical Leave Act and other best employment practices.  Neal is a guest lecturer at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash.  Neal is also a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

When not practicing law, Neal loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, having driveway drinks with his neighbors and playing “old man” hockey.  Neal also enjoys serving on the Board of Trustees for IKRON Corporation, a non-profit mental healthcare provider.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Jury verdict in trial for logistics company in an age discrimination and FMLA retaliation case

Granted summary judgment and appellate victory in a race discrimination claim for aviation company

Granted summary judgment victory for international manufacturer in age discrimination and breach of contract case

Granted summary judgment in wage and hour overtime claim for internet services company

Granted summary judgment in gender discrimination case for insurance company

Granted summary judgment in gender discrimination case for call center provider

Granted summary judgment in wage and hour collective action for trucking company.

Defeated conditional certification motion in national wage and hour case for internet services company

Defeated conditional certification motion in wage and hour case for trucking company

Granted judgment on the pleadings in wage and hour case for nursing home operator on national issue of first impression

Granted motion to dismiss for manufacturer in wage and hour misclassification claim–

Recently obtained a complete dismissal of a class and collective action wage and hour claim

Recently obtained complete dismissal of breach of employment contract claim on Motion to Dismiss

Education

Law School

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Undergraduate School

Emory University, B.S.

Bar Memberships

Neal is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 2007

Courts

Neal is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Arizona

U.S. District Court, Arkansas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Colorado

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Utah

U.S. District Court, Washington

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2014-2021

Named to Lawyers of Color Inaugural Nation’s Best List, 2020

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

American Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

KRON, Board of Trustees

Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program

Firm Committees

Neal serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Recruiting Committee, Member

Major Publications

Neal is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Expanded ADA:  Changing Things in The Workplace

Kentucky Hospitals Association:  The Family and Medical Leave Act

What Does The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Mean to My Business

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