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Neal, Hoyt S.

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.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 2003)
  • College of Charleston (B.S., 2000)

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.

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Attorney for the State of Arizona, The American Society of Legal Advocates; 2015
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star; 2014-2015 , 2013-2014, 2012-2013
  • Top Lawyers in Real Estate, Arizona Business Magazine; 2013, 2012
  • Top Real Estate Attorney, Arizona Business Magazine; 2013

Memberships & Accomplishments

  • Adjunct Professor, Scottsdale Community College
  • Member, American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division, Section of Litigation, Section on Taxation and Probate
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona: Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, ALFA International
  • Member, Retail Real Estate Practice Group Steering Committee
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICS)
  • Member, Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Horry County (South Carolina) Bar Association

Published Decisions

  • Woodbridge Structured Funding, LLC v. Arizona Lottery, 326 P.3d 292, 686 Ariz.Adv.Rep. 24 (2014)
Law Firm: Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, LLP
Practice Area:
Address: 2525 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 450
City / State / ZIP: Phoenix Arizona 85016
Website: https://www.wshblaw.com
Email: hneal@wshblaw.com
Phone: 602-441-1305
ASLA Membership State: Arizona
Law School: University of Pittsburgh
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