Neal has extensive experience in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and construction litigation involving all aspects of the prosecution and defense of complex, multi-party disputes. He works with many partners and shareholders resolving disputes in closely held businesses and has represented many Arizona companies, assisting them as they have grown. For construction clients, Neal handles both prosecution and defense of mechanic’s liens issues, as well as assisting contractors with contract review and project issues such as change order issues and payment rights and remedies. Neal’s bankruptcy experience includes Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, creditor’s rights representation and appeals.
He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Mooreman, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, and his bankruptcy expertise is built on the foundation of Bankruptcy Court clerking. He has represented hundreds of individuals and companies with bankruptcy and litigation matters since he began practicing.
Neal graduated with honors from Drake University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and is the chair of the Technology Committee of the Arizona State Bar Bankruptcy Section. Neal is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has been named a Southwest Superlawyer continuously since 2013 in business litigation, litigation, real estate, business and corporate, bankruptcy and construction litigation, including being named as a Top 50 Super Lawyer in Arizona in 2017, 2019, and 2020. Similarly, Neal has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2016.
He has a pragmatic approach to solving client’s legal issues and frequently looks for the practical solution as full scale litigation may not be in the client’s best interests. However, he is an accomplished trial litigator in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. Neal frequently publishes articles on anti-deficiency, bankruptcy and other business issues.
Saving a Business, and Jobs, by Workout with Creditors. A retail client faced harsh economic situations with both its vendors and landlords. Neal negotiated with his client’s creditors. He was able to help the company streamline its operations, work with the landlords and settle with creditors. The business was restructured and was able to avoid closing or filing bankruptcy.
Breaking a Deadlock. When the majority shareholder in a manufacturing company found the board of directors deadlocked with the company’s future at stake, Neal stepped in and forced the issue. That resulted in a receiver being appointed, thus saving all outstanding contracts, including a very large deal that was about to be cancelled by a customer.
Saving Investors’ Hard-Earned Cash. When a local businessman and his companies defrauded investors, Neal obtained a multi-million dollar judgment on the investors’ behalf. Then he found a creative way to work with the judgment debtors to come to a settlement.