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Neal Thomas McShane

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   41 reviews

Licensed for 47 years

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ARRESTED? 1ST OFFENSE OR MULTIPLE PRIORS, I USE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

I handle ALL criminal cases, no matter how large or small.

When I was a former prosecuting attorney I handled ALL felony and misdemeanor cases, from possession of drugs to murder.  As the Prosecutor/Assistant State Attorney for the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in Orlando, I handled cases involving organized crime, drugs and drug trafficking, wiretapping, racketeering, (RICO both criminal and civil), commercial sex and law enforcement intelligence.  Therefore I learned to meticulously analyze legal issues from every angle.   In private practice for over thirty years, I use everything I learned while working for the State to personally provide my clients with the highest professional, thorough, competent and quality legal representation throughout Central Florida in the defense of their criminal case(s).   As a smaller firm I can invest my time and energy into each case.  I meticulously analyze your legal issue from every angle to determine how best to resolve it. I focus on attaining my clients’ objectives and I handle your legal matter depending on your needs and goals.   I HANDLE ALL CASES MYSELF.

 

I am also a former U.S. Army Captain with one year of combat experience as an airmobile /infantry officer (Lieutenant), which taught me discipline, competence and to be a perfectionist under pressure that I apply to every client’s case in defending their rights.   I use my vast, varied and unique experience to determine how best to resolve an issue and help a client achieve their objective while protecting their rights and interests.

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Licensed for 47 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/23/2022
State OH
Status Inactive
Acquired 1975
Updated 11/09/2022

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

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Posted by Sonia | June 29, 2015
The best attorney in Florida. Period.
I had seen Perry Mason in the movies. I had read legal thrillers by John Grisham. But I never even dreamed that lawyers like that exist in real life until I met Mr. McShane. He is better than both combined. He is the best lawyer ever. Skilled, smart, sharp, knows all the little intricacies of the law, he won't talk a lot, he won't make flowery promises. But when he goes to fight your case, he fights like a soldier on a mission. He does his best, he gives it his best shot and he nails it. Just like Christianity has a patron saint of lost causes, the legal world has attorneys like Mr. McShane. He has integrity and has built up his credibility with years of strong legal defense and this has won the admiration and respect of judges and prosecutors. He is feared by cops because he will not let them get away with their lies and half truths. He will file motions to challenge anything done illegally. He will question everything. He did not skip a beat. He takes felonies and turns them misdemeanors and make stehm go away. He will plea bargain or go to trial. He is not intimidated by any course of action. Mr. McShane's office staff are also very unique. They all work on your case. They all know what is going on and Annette, his assistant, is one of those rare talented paralegals whose work has been recognized by the bar association. You get arrested, you get broken and you are ashamed. Then you get a lawyer like Mr. McShane and he restores your dignity and your rights. He gives you the power. It's been years since Mr. McShane defended me. He saved me. He changed my life. He did the best for me. I remain grateful and appreciative. I could write a book on the miracles he pulled for me. The extensive work he did for me. There is no better attorney in the world. But I said Florida because he is in that state. If you want the best attorney, you are looking for Mr. McShane.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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Best criminal lawyer ever!
Neal McShane knows everyone & has done & seen it all. He loves a challenge & has friendly & intelligent paralegal & secretaries on his team. He is affordable & will work with you when it comes to billing. Best lawyer ever. If you have a ticket or DUI, call Neal to handle it, he is the DUI expert! Extremely hardworking, organized & full of knowledge! What are you waiting for? Add him to your contacts as your Lawyer, Neal McShane #407-648-1500!
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Posted by Susan | June 9, 2022
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Fantastic
Fantastic!!! Was right there through it all. Very knowledgeable staff very timely was very happy with the results
Response from Neal McShane June 10, 2022
Thank you for the great review and the opportunity to assist you. You were an outstanding client that listened and followed through on the legal advice given to you which helped us accomplish a more favorable outcome for you.
Posted by Tracy | October 29, 2021
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Attorney of Excellence
Neal McShane provided the most professional services. When the unfortunate things in life lead you to the need of an attorney, Mr. McShane should be the attorney you call. His confident nature put us at ease. He was prompt in all aspects of our case and his knowledge of the law is unmatched. I Highly recommended Mr. McShane
Posted by Brandon | February 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Positive: Experienced, Professional, Knowledgeable, Great Communication, Resourceful & Truthful
I was referred to Neil McShane due to my legal ramifications. I called Neil and he promptly provided me with a consultation over the phone. He has many years of experience and knowledge and it clearly shows. He was extremely responsive and easy to communicate with throughout the entire process, and his paralegals were amazing. I was overwhelmed with the case and Neil and his team took the time to explain how the legal system works in terms that I could understand, not many attorneys do that. He fought for me ending in the best, most effective, legal outcome for my case. I would use this firm again, and highly recommend the McShane & McShane Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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I would highly recommend him to everyone!
Neal has been my lawyer and has done an excellent job in not only fighting FOR me, but also PROTECTING my interests! I highly recommend him for any family court needs you might have.
Posted by Matthew | January 22, 2021
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Amazing Service!
Mr. McShane and his team were able to handle my legal matter effectively, quickly and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If I ever need legal assistance again they would be the first call I would make and the first recommendation I would make to anyone.
Posted by Eugene | November 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer Equals Great Experience
I thank you sincerely for attending to this matter for me. It is a great relief that this issue was dismissed. I appreciate your diligence and patience in dealing with me! This threw me off kilter and you were able to help center me and keep me focused. That's a special skill in and of itself :) You were exacting and detailed in explaining the situation I had found myself in. It was evident immediately that your knowledge and experience were nothing short of phenomenal. I knew from the moment I initially spoke with Angela, and subsequently Annette, that you and your firm would manage my problem with professionalism and heart. I have enjoyed our conversations and am reminded once again of the outstanding service fellow veterans continue to give to those who have served our great nation. I can only hope to reflect that graciousness to others. Thank you again for taking a personal interest in solving this sticky situation.
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Posted by James | October 3, 2019
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McShane & McShane Law - Excellent
We would highly recommend McShane & McShane Law in Orlando. Mr. McShane expertly guided us through the process of our case, was responsive to our inquiries and has a great staff. His years of experience and knowledge of the law shows. Please consider this firm for your legal needs.
Posted by Chad | June 24, 2019
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Tentative, Prompt, and Strategic
I was incredibly impressed by Mr. McShanes service and his entire staff. They openly communicate, give you everything needed in writing and strategize from day 1.
Posted by Alicia | June 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Neal is THE man
I could not have asked for a better team! This firm has stood by me for over three years while I went back and forth with a DUI case, and we ended up winning. I will never be able to thank them enough for everything they have done for me. Would 1000% recommend them to anyone!
Posted by Melody | April 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney and staff. Hands Down!!!!
My son got arrested November, 2018 for having a JULL that the office said tested positive for marijuana. We knew he was falsely arrested. Neal kept on the prosecutor to have the JULL tested at a lab and asked no charges be filed until it was tested. The prosecutor had it tested and it came back negative in January, 2019. No surprise. Charges were never filed and dropped. I cannot thank Neal and his staff for everything. We were always updated by his office of what was going on or what they have done in my son's case. I highly recommend Neal. He is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
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Neal and his staff are the most professional and dedicated staff I have ever dealt with.
Neal and his staff were honest and straight forward about every detail in my case from the consultation to the amazing plea deal they some how pulled out of thin air.
Posted by Mike H | January 16, 2019
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Fantastic job by Attorney McShane and his entire staff!
Attorney McShane got results that no other attorney would have gotten. His knowledge and reputation in the court is a huge advantage and gets results.
Posted by Johnny | August 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The best criminal defense lawyer out there!
Neal was beyond outstanding! He had my 3 felony charge case completely dismissed in a record 5days time! He never spared 1 minute of time working through my case to get it handled quickly for an amazing outcome of having all 3 charges dropped that were against me. If looking for the just the right criminal attorney, look no further! He will work on your case personally until he gets the outcome wanted. His experience and knowledge of our Orange County court system he uses to his benefit and wins his cases very strategically. We can’t thank Neal Mcshane enough for saving our family!
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Posted by Sherri | March 12, 2018
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Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Town
If you're looking for a criminal defense lawyer in the Orlando area, look no further than Mr. Neal McShane of McShane & McShane Law Firm. Mr. McShane has represented me in two separate cases, both ending with better results than I could have imagined. Had I taken on the burden of fighting my case alone, I surely would not have come out with fair results, in my opinion. Mr. McShane has been in the business longer than most attorneys in town. His passion for what he does, which is helping others, drives him to keep going and his success rate speaks for itself. He has relationships in the legal community that will prove to be invaluable when your case is in his hands. We all can find ourselves in a jam that needs a bit of professional entanglement. Why tackle the law on your own and get eaten up in the system? Neal is the bulldog that will fight for you...not just for your day in court, but before, during and after. His staff can not be matched. Annette and Angela aren't just paralegals on the McShane Law Firm payroll. These ladies are part of the McShane family, each having worked for Neal for over 30 years combined. They are research powerhouses. Sharp, thorough, no detail is left out. Every stone will be unturned. Moreover, Neal is easy to talk to and makes your options easy to understand. He's kind, but shoots straight. This is your man.
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Posted by Patrick | February 27, 2018
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Thank you, Neal!
Neal is the lawyer that every law school graduate should aspire to be. I cannot offer too many superlatives in praise of him: knowledgeable, fair, efficient, talented....An expert in every regard. I would recommend Neal unequivocally and without hesitation. He guided me through a potentially devastating situation, and I could not be more grateful. He put me at ease every step of the way, and delivered a result that exceeded my wildest hope. I would be remiss if I didn't offer my most sincere thanks to Angela & Annette. They more than helped make the best of a bad situation. Thank you all so very much!
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Posted by John | February 27, 2018
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Unparalleled Compassion, Experience, and Diligence
We hired Neal to represent us against specific charges unduly brought against our son. Neal and his staff immediately made time for us to meet in person, review the matter at hand, offer clear and understandable insight into the allegations, and recommend specific courses of action available to us for expedient and comprehensive resolution. Neal and his team took prompt action, kept us more than well informed, and worked tirelessly on our behalf. It was easily apparent that Neal has a significant knowledge of the law, legal process and procedure, and a wide range of mutually respected professional relationships with his peers and court entities within the metropolitan Orlando area. Our matter was brought quickly to full resolution. We could not be more pleased nor imagine anyone who might have done a more thorough or expedient job.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2018
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Neal McShane review
Neal and his team were very effective in their endeavor to address our issues. They let us know what was going on throughout the legal process, keeping us up to date constantly . As a result they resolved our issue in a short period of time. Their guidance in the matter was so positive and we felt comfortable knowing they were on top of it. Highly recommend McShane law group.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
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Former Client
On September 6th 2013 I had the privilege to meet Mr. McShane & his staff when seeking legal council for a matter that occurred a few days prior. I contacted Mr. McShane's office upon recommendation by a trusted source. In 2013 I was a student athlete at a Division 1 University in the middle of my academic year and playing season. I was wrongfully accused & accosted by law enforcement outside a campus bar. I found myself facing various accusations & a plethora of charges against me after an incident that took approximately 15 seconds. At this point my life as a student athlete was put on hold, forcing me to miss multiple games and having a significant adverse impact on my draft stock as well as my academic standing with my University. After meeting and hiring Mr. McShane, I found my spirits lifted by his encouraging words and professionalism. After getting started Mr. McShane was able to uncover video footage to vindicate me & guided me through the process to have the charges completely wiped away from my record and my record sealed. After the entire process I have been able to pick my life back up, graduated undergrad and began my pursuit of two graduate degrees. All made possible by my experience with Mr. McShane & staff.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McShane & McShane Law Firm
  • 1984 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer
  • University Of Florida Levin Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Guest Lecturer
  • University Of Wisconsin Madison
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Attorney / Partner
  • Wilson & McShane Law Firm
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Valencia Community College
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Guest Lecturer
  • University of Central Florida
  • 1981 - 1986
  • Assistant State Attorney/MBI Attorney
  • State Attorney - Ninth Circuit, Florida
  • 1979 - 1983
  • Associate
  • Korman & Bravo, P.A.
  • 1979 - 1979
  • Attorney/Law Clerk
  • Ohio Court Of Appeals, Eleventh District
  • 1975 - 1978
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Education

  • Cornell University
  • Graduate Certificate
  • 1980
  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Kent State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Traffic stop
  • Case dropped (No Information Notice)
  • • Driving While License Suspended as HTO & Leaving Scene of Crash with Property Damage
  • Case dropped (No Information Notice)
  • • Criminal Mischief (>$200, <1000)
  • Case dropped (No Information Notice)
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Associations

  • 25th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States Federal Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 BEST Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Military Outstanding Service in US Army
  • American Legion
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • US Army
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • Orlando Life
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys
  • Orlando Home & Leisure
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent For 10 Years
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Central Florida Police Benevolent Association
  • Professionalism and Excellent Legal Services Award
  • 2010
  • Purple Heart
  • US ARMY
  • 1968
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • US ARMY
  • 1967
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • US ARMY
  • 1967
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • US ARMY
  • 1967
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • US ARMY
  • 1967
  • Police Benevolent Association - Orlando
  • Dream Team
  • N/A
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Publications

  • University of Florida Seminar Material Florida Prosecuting Attorney Association
  • Criminal Law Search and Seizure Law
  • N/A
  • University of Georgia Seminar Material
  • Criminal Law Search and Seizure Law / Electronic Surveillance
  • N/A
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison Seminar Material
  • Criminal Law Search and Seizure Law / Electronic Surveillance
  • N/A
  • Police Academy Central Florida Valencia Community College and JC Stone Academy
  • Criminal Law and Search and Seizure Law
  • N/A
  • Corrections Academy Mid-Florida Tech and JC Stone Academy
  • Criminal Law and Corrections Law
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Radio - Guest Speaker on Stand Your Ground Law in Florida
  • Stand Your Ground Law in Florida
  • 2012
  • University of Florida Educational Seminar
  • Criminal Law Update Search and Seizure Electronic Surveillance/Wire Tap
  • N/A
  • Police Academy Instructor - Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law Statutes & Search and Seizure
  • N/A
  • Officer Candidate School
  • Leardership & Combat Tactics
  • N/A
  • Numerous commentary appearance relating to criminal law
  • Criminal Law
  • N/A
  • Multiple In Station / Call in programs
  • Criminal Law
  • N/A
  • Instructor - Basic Training
  • Combat Tactics Infantry
  • N/A
  • Guest Lecturer (Numerous times)
  • Criminal Law Adult Entertainment Law
  • N/A
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Criminal Law
  • N/A
  • Criminal Law Seminar
  • Criminal Law Search and Seizure/Electronic Surveillance/Wiretap tactics
  • N/A
  • Criminal Law Seminar
  • Criminal Law Search and Seizure/Electronic Surveillance
  • N/A
  • Correction Officer Academy
  • Criminal Law & Corrections Law
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Neal. He is hardworking, an excellent litigator, and client-focused. As a former criminal defense attorney myself, I recommend him to anyone seeking help for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Neal for over 30 years. I first met him when we worked closely together as prosecutors in the State attorney's Office. He not only is one of the most intelligent people I know but is also one of the hardest working when it comes to defending his clients. That is why he achieves such outstanding results on his cases. I highly recommend Neal to anyone who needs a first rate attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal is a very caring and thorough attorney. He is always prepared and presents very effectively in a courtroom. I have known Neal for a long time and he is a well-respected attorney. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"During my time as a prosecutor, I always enjoyed working on cases against Neal. He kept very open lines of communication and we were able to always work together to ultimately get the most just outcome for the case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal McShane has been a role model for me since I popped out of law school. He is honest, straight forward, and amicable lawyer who knows his way around the courtroom better than most. I endorse him whole-heartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal is an excellent attorney. Very experienced, always prepared, very knowledgeable, an excellent advocate, and has a great demeanor with the courts and colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Neal McShane is one of the most respected attorneys in Orlando. He is the consummate professional and has the respect of all the judges. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I first met Neal when we both worked at the State Attorney's office in 1980 here in Orlando. Neal was in charge of MBI and was fantastic in the way he followed the law and kept Orlando safe from organized crime. Within a couple of years Neal began one of the most successful criminal defense practices in Orlando, I have referred clients to Neal for over 30 years and admire the 100% client satisfaction in the way Neal handles every aspect of the case.Neal is always well prepared and able to work with prosecutors for outstanding results. No client I have referred to Neal has spent time in jail after the case is concluded. Juries love Neal's easy going and honest presentation. They must feel he would not represent someone who is guilty.I highly recommend Neil for all aspects of criminal defense in state or federal court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neal is one of the most experienced, intelligent, dedicated, thorough lawyers in Central Florida. He is the type of lawyer I would call the Real Deal. He is a master at the law, and aggressively, creatively and successfully fights for his clients. I would give him the highest recommendation. he has it all -- masterful legal skills, decades of experience, dedication to his clients, and a great personality."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Neal for years, and his skill and tenacity in fighting DUI's and hardcore white collar criminal cases are an inspiration. I thought I was litigating cases until I saw his motions. He's got experience on experience. He and his staff are outstanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What can I say about Neal McShane? Neal is one of the best criminal defense lawyers I have ever seen. He is top notch, super smart, very aggressive and overall just a nice guy. He is a warrior but he can also use his grace and professionalism to work out complicated plea resolutions. I highly endorse Neal and think he is just great!"
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