Hoyt S. Neal is a partner in Wood Smith Henning & Berman’s Phoenix office. Mr. Neal’s areas of concentration include professional liability defense, real estate and land use, product liability, employment, tort defense, lottery transfer rights and transactional matters. Mr. Neal has garnered a reputation for delivering consistent results both in and out of court, having won favorable verdicts in Arizona and South Carolina. He currently represents professionals, corporate officers and directors, landlords, developers, and retailers in all facets of litigation involving contract disputes, employment matters, errors and omissions, general liability, and has worked as national coordinating counsel for a large retail clothing manufacturer and transportation company. His landlord and developer clients operate nationally, and he also represents retailers that operate internationally. Additionally, Mr. Neal performs risk management services for a number of clients, focusing on transfer and elimination of risk. He is skilled in all aspects of litigation, including law and motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appellate practice.
Mr. Neal has been named a 2014-2015, 2013-2014, and 2012-2013 Super Lawyer Rising Star, an honor that goes to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys under the age of forty or in practice for ten years or less. He was not only included in the list of the Top Lawyers in Real Estate in the Arizona Business Magazine in March/April 2012 and 2013, but was ranked as the top real estate attorney in 2013.
Mr. Neal is actively involved in community activities, volunteering for such organizations as the Schurgin Family Foundation, Ingleside Middle School, Kiwanis International, Sertoma Foundation International, Habitat for Humanity, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honors Fraternity, Horry County School District Junior Achievement Program, and Grand Strand Miracle League.
Admitted to practice in Arizona, South Carolina, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, U.S. District Court, (District of Arizona), and U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.