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Kelly Renz Mcneal

Divorce and separation Attorney at Gainesville, FL

4.6   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Divorce, time-sharing, child support, alimony, domestic violence.

    15 years

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce, time-sharing, child support, alimony, domestic violence.

    15 years

  3. Litigation
    20%
    Contact, real estate, and business disputes.

    18 years

  4. Appeals
    5%
    Civil and Family law appeals

    18 years

  5. Landlord or tenant
    5%
    Landlord/tenant evictions and contract disputes

    18 years

McNeal Legal, LLC is committed to providing legal services to businesses and individuals in a professional, timely and cost efficient manner. 

We work with you, not against you, to determine how best to proceed with your case, and to best advise you of possible outcomes given the current law. Providing quality legal services isn’t just something we say, it is something we do.

While taking your case to trial is sometimes the only way to obtain the desired result, often skilled negotiation and facilitated dialogue can mediate disputes between the parties, saving you both time and money.  Whether a case proceeds to trial or concludes with a negotiated agreement, we are dedicated to listening to clients, understanding their unique situation and goals and working intelligently and relentlessly to achieve those outcomes.

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Location

McNeal Legal, LLC
2830 NW 41st Street
Suite L
Gainesville, FL, 32606

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
From the start, Kelly was professional and confident. She took the time to learn the facts and hear what we had to say. She was very fair with how she charged for her time, but did thorough research and, despite our unusual case, came to litigation ready with strong case law. We got the result we wanted and needed for the safety of our kids. We would absolutely hire her again.
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Posted by Marla | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Kelly helped me through a very difficult and long divorce. She fought for me and is still fighting for me over a year after my divorce was finalized. I can’t imagine having anyone else by my side except Kelly. Thank you Kelly!
Posted by Chrissy | November 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A fabulous, intelligent, hardcore lawyer. Truly the best.
Kelly represented me in an emotional, grueling custody battle. She was very professional and knowledgeable and she worked hard on my case. The service that she provided for my family was priceless. She met with me several times between court dates to discuss my concerns and she addressed them all. Her staff is wonderful also. I didn't get everything I wanted in court but we were able to figure out a plan that was safe for my children, and that they will be supervised at all times. We are still working on finalizing everything and I will be keeping Kelly on back up in case we ever have to go back to court. She has a great sense of humor too!
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Posted by Robin | July 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Kelly is an outstanding attorney who knows her craft well. She helped me navigate through some very tough legal issues involving my family. My only regret is not finding her sooner. She's smart, ethical, trustworthy and truly dedicated to helping her clients. Her staff is just as caring and professional as she is. If she's on your side you're in great hands.
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Posted by Samba | June 26, 2014
Great Divorce Attorney
I recently hired Kelly to handle my divorce case. Kelly is honest, ethical and very knowledgeable in legal matters. She is also excellent communicator. All advice was given in a straight matter of fact but at the same time very kindly. I always felt that she cared about me and did what had to be done to protect my interests. Kelly and her staff were always polite, professional, quickly handled all necessary tasks and were very supportive. I always felt like my case was the only one they were working on because of the priority my issues received. I feel so much gratitude for all her efforts.
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Posted by Nicolle | December 18, 2013
Kelly is the one you want by your side!!
I absolutely love Kelly. I had a previous lawyer for my divorce case that made a mess of my divorce and I hired Kelly so I could move out of state with my kids. She is very responsive and gets back to you at a timely matter. She tells you her honest opinion and doesn't feed you a bunch of crap. She gives a monthly statement to know how your money is being spent. I wish I wold of had her for my first lawyer because thing would of been a lot better for me but I am glad to have her now. She has a great sense of humor and easy to get along with. During my trial I felt at ease with having her by my side. I highly recommend her to anybody!!!
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Posted by Matt | December 18, 2013
Highly Recommended - Honest, Dependable, Excellent Experience(s) (and yes, I still retain her services!)
Kelly McNeal is a true professional who provides excellent representation. In addition to numerous legal questions/consults, I have been Ms. McNeal's client for both a divorce and child relocation case and have been very impressed with the way my cases have been handled. From the initial consultation, Ms. McNeal impressed me with her knowledge by formulating and talking over a plan for what to expect throughout the process(es). I am in the military and in addition to knowing the ins and outs of Florida Law, Ms. McNeal was able to provide up to date information for the way military benefits and relocation issues factored into both cases. She is honest, up front and direct with her communication - meaning she is always willing to listen to requests, but also isn't afraid to tell you if you're asking for something unconventional or unreasonable. More importantly, she always fully answers questions and provides solid rationales with her recommendations and answers. Ms. McNeal is always well prepared and put us at ease during very stressful litigations. She strives to help find a solution that both parties can agree to, but she will shine and represent your case very well if your case needs to go to trial! I felt very confident when we had to go to trial and it was evident that we always had the best counselor in the room. I have used other attorneys in the past, but my previous experiences have left me wondering what I was paying for. McNeal legal has an excellent team and Ms. McNeal isn't out to "run up the bill" like I unfortunately experienced with two previous attorneys. Finding a well respected, capable attorney who is awesome counseling you in legal matters, dealing with other attorneys - across different states, representing you in court, drafting documents and who knows her case law is hard to find. Finding the same attorney who is also ethical, honest, excellent in communication and genuinely wants to provide you with the best legal representation is even harder to find. Ms. McNeal is the first - and only - attorney that I am proud to call "my lawyer" and I hope that she never leaves Florida because I intend to continue to seek her professional advice for any future legal needs. McNeal Legal will provide you with an excellent Legal Home and I will continue to highly recommend Kelly McNeal to all my professional colleagues (both military and civilian), family and friends. Thank-you, Kelly!
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Posted by MSA | December 18, 2013
Professionalism!
Ms. McNeal handled our relatively simple case with a level of professionalism commensurate with far more challenging cases. She kept us informed, advised us and respected our position. She provided draft copies of all correspondence for our review, incorporated suggested changes and answered all questions to our satisfaction.
Posted by Roosevelt | September 15, 2013
A genuine pleasure and honor for me to recommend Kelly McNeal
To whom it may concern: It is a genuine pleasure and honor for me to recommend Kelly McNeal as an outstanding lawyer. Kelly represented me in a litigation case against a homeowners association. I interacted frequently with her and depended on her. Kelly was always punctual, yet easygoing. She is keenly devoted to her work, but being a real people person, she was also enjoyable to work with. Kelly demonstrated from early in taking on my case that she understood what the Florida legal system is all about. She is well organized. Almost without exception, she put the customer first, feeling as I do that the key to good business is satisfied customers, and I am a satisfied customer. I suppose doing well as a lawyer is easy if you are, as she is, driven in equal measure by both quality and efficiency. In closing, let me say I have no hesitation in recommending Kelly McNeal for any Complex litigation. I feel confident that you will be as pleased with her as I am. Sincerely,
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2013
Excellent, professional, and HIGHLY recommended.
Kelly is FANTASTIC! We had previous representation and had to hire Kelly for a separate matter. Once our previous attorney made us nervous we switched both cases over to Kelly. She is extremely knowledgeable and is aggressive for her clients. She is quick to respond and very pleasant to deal with. She also has a good sense of humor and makes you feel comfortable. We were very involved with our case which Kelly encouraged us to do as it saved us some money. We are still litigating, however we consider Kelly to be OUR attorney both for personal use as well as our business. She is HIGHLY recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2013
Professional, honest and extremely knowledgable
I went to Kelly with absolutely no knowledge of what could legally be done to help my situation. She was patient with me, honest and extremely professional the entire time. What should have been a simple thing ended up turning into a long ordeal due to defendant's the evasion of service and continued attempts to dismiss charges. Kelly always kept me informed and was prompt, prepared and knowledgable about everything that pertained to my case. I highly recommend her if you want to be represented by one of the few lawyers that give the profession a good name.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2012
MTC, GAINESVILLE
In 2009 I needed an attorney to file for a civil lawsuit to retrieve my personal property that someone had claimed as their own. My real estate attorney recommended Kelly McNeal. “And I was not disappointed”. Ms. McNeal has an amazing ability to grasp the details, she took the time to explain what my options were, what each filing meant, what the fees would be up to a certain point and what it would be if it went to court.. She talked in length with me and my family when we had questions and listened to us as we explained what took place. I had access to her at any time through her office, e-mails and phone calls. Because of Ms. McNeal’s assistance I was able to get my property back. She was on top of things from beginning to the end of time and beyond. I appreciate all that she did, I can’t thank her enough for her help in a very difficult and trying time
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Posted by Elizabeth | June 30, 2012
Outstanding Attorney Who Fights for Client
Kelly was the fourth attorney that I've had over the years of dealing with my ex-husband. He frivolously sued me several years before, and I ended up with attorneys convincing me that there was no way to prove that he (a sole-proprietor doctor) made more than I do (a school teacher). Kelly was able to right all of the wrongs that had been perpetrated by poor and bullying attorneys over the years. She fought for me, kept me well-informed, kept an eye out for my bottom line, and gave me a court victory! I would definitely recommend Kelly to anyone needing a hard-working, honest, knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by Beth | June 21, 2012
The BEST attorney I've found in Gainesville.
Thanks to my ex-husband I had two prior frivolous lawsuits with another (Very BAD) local attorney in town before finding Kelly. She was/is AWESOME, she did things quickly, efficiently, by the book and was always very responsive to my concerns/needs as well as worked with me on a payment plan suitable to my budget. She put my idiot ex in his place and mine and my kids' lives have been a lot more peaceful and quieter since. With her I spent a FRACTION of what the first and useless attorney had charged me. I HIGHLY recommend her and in fact have already referred several others to her. I would NOT go anywhere but to Kelly for any/all my legal needs.
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Posted by John | June 20, 2012
Excellent Attorney
When looking for an attorney verbal agreement contract, I was extremly fortunate to find Kelly McNeal. She has been tireless in handling my case and always kept my best interests in mind. I strongly recommend Kelly Mcneal for your legal matters. This case is still in mediation.
Posted by Sheila | June 19, 2012
Highly Recommend
Kelly McNeal is very timely and knowledgeable. We used her in our sons child custody case and still use her today for day to day matters as needed. She is extremely personable and I would higly recommend her.
Posted by James | June 19, 2012
Custody Case
Mrs. Mcneal handled my child custody case with efficiency and care. She was prompt to reply to all emails and phone calls and was knowledgeable in all aspects of the case. In addition, she remains my go to attorney for any and all inquiries regarding legal advise. I would recommend her to anyone in need of great representation in Alachua county.
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Posted by william | June 18, 2012
Highly recomend Ms. Mcneal.
We used Ms. Mcneal in a divorce settlement case, just wish we were able to use her in the actual divorce.We would not have been going back to court again.Very professional and knowledgeable.
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She only cares for what she can squeeze out of you.
I had her represent me in a divorce case. We had an agreement of $7500 retainer until she did the discovery and found out I could afford much more. Then hours started to accumulate. We end up in court and she choked. For all the hours I laid her reviewing the QA in court, she gets there and forgets everything. At times opposing council laughed at her. I was forced to settle because I was going to lose big. My court was a 4 days long and on day two she realized her under performance and told me via phone and text I have to come to court the next day with an $80,000 check or she will ask the judge to get off my case. She got paid. To this point I was never late for a payment and the escrow account per agreement was always at $7500 on the start of the month. She couldn’t even justify the need for that much money other than she said she needed it for the hours she will putting in for the court. Where in the world do you have to pay for hours not yet logged? I didn’t know any better then, but I’m now in process of complaining to the Bar for this misconduct. I hope they disbar her. She screwed my trial royally. I could have performed better than her and I’m not even a lawyer. At least I would remember to cross question the opposing witnesses. Don’t make the same mistake I did and get an informed lawyer.
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Response from Kelly Mcneal December 4, 2023
A lawyer’s duty to keep client confidences has few exceptions and in an abundance of caution I do not feel at liberty to respond in a point by point fashion in this forum. Suffice it to say that I do not believe that the post presents a fair and accurate picture of the events which occurred over 4 years ago.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2013
review
Kelly Mcneal I retained did not respond to several emailed questions, was a person of few words with no constructive advice on pressing matters, appeared to empathize more with the other side's point of view and, to top it off, quickly burned thru my "refundable" retainer (with no ground gained and nothing what so ever to show) then withdrew from the case without a clear reason after I asked for an accounting (which came with several questionable charges and over-charges...).
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Response from Kelly Mcneal August 15, 2013
I came into this client's case in the middle of the proceedings. I reviewed all pleadings, helped him file a Financial Affidavit, gathered his discovery, attended mediation, had numerous correspondence with the client, and drafted an extensive motion. The client did not like my advice, because it followed the law and not what he wanted to happen. I also had to withdraw after contacting the Florida Bar Ethics department regarding this client's behavior. His total charge was $1,450.00 for an extensive amount of work.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • McNeal Legal, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • McNeal & Yochim, P.L.
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Managing Partner
  • McNeal & Saini, P.L.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Jack M. Ross, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2005
  • University of Kentucky
  • M.S.
  • 2001
  • University of Florida
  • B.S.
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential Family Law Matter-Appeal- Child Custody
  • Successfully defended the appeal
  • Confidential Family Law Matter-Relocation
  • Client permitted to relocate out of state with children
  • Confidential Civil Ligation matter
  • Plaintiff dismissed their complaint
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Associations

  • Business Networking International
  • Leadership Team
  • 2015 - Present
  • Business Networking International
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Group Leader
  • 2006 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Gainesville Regional Soccer League
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Excellence
  • Daimler Benz
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer Florida A&M University Law School
  • Florida Family Law Statutes and Caselaw Overview
  • 2019
  • Guest Lecturer Florida A&M University Law School
  • Florida Family Law Statutes and Caselaw Overview
  • 2018
  • Guest Lecturer Florida A&M University Law School
  • Florida Family Law Statutes and Caselaw Overview
  • 2017
  • Second Parent Adoption Seminar
  • Second Parent Adoptions
  • 2015
  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation
  • 2013
  • Fostercare Workshop: Learn your rights and talk about your future
  • What you need to know when you enter into a lease
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Kelly
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my mind, Kelly McNeal sets the standard for a family law attorney. She is sharp, intelligent, and aggressively advocates on behalf of her client. Without reservation, I endorse her skills and qualifications as a family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kelly is a fierce advocate for her clients. She has a tremendous determination and will to get the very best result possible for every client, and she has the skills to achieve it. If you are faced with a divorce, child custody, child support, or other family law related issue, I recommend Kelly without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. McNeal cares a great deal about her clients, and it shows in the both the exceptional work she does and the results she obtains for her clients and their families."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Kelly in action and she is spectacular. She is prepared, intelligent and in command in a courtroom. She cares about the clients and is the kind of lawyer that a person wants if they are going through a divorce or dealing with child custody issues."
Family Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly does a great job for her clients and is a fantastic family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. McNeal and I have litigated many matters together. She is not my favorite lawyer to litigate against -- not because she is not pleasant and professional, but because she is very smart, very tough and does an outstanding job for her clients. I give her my highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly Mcneal for several years and have high regard for not only her legal skills but also her second-to-none approach with clients. She goes above and beyond the call of duty time and again to help people. Her clients area always well served when she is advocating for them."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Kelly Mcneal. Kelly is active in the legal community and dedicates herself to continually educating herself on the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She works hard to represent her client's interests while at the same time working with the other side to resolve the situation expeditiously."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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