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Katherine Christie Neal

Personal injury Attorney at Clearwater, FL

5.0   17 reviews

About Katherine

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Katherine was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up throughout the United States and overseas as an “Army Brat”.  She learned the value of hard work and commitment to excellence from her father, a Brigade Commander and Colonel in the United States Army.  Mrs. Neal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University in 2002 and her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2004. Mrs. Neal is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer. To our knowledge, she is the youngest Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in the history of the State of Florida.  

While in law school, Mrs. Neal served as a judicial intern for County Court Judge Shawn Crane, and was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Judicial Intern for the Sixth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She won the St. Petersburg Times Award for the Best Competition Paper and was a senior associate of The Stetson Law Review.  Mrs. Neal also served as a Stetson Ambassador, wherein she assisted new law students as a mentor and advisor.  Mrs. Neal began working as a law clerk for Carey Leisure & Neal while still in law school and, upon graduation, became an attorney with the firm. She was made a Partner in January 2008. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and focuses in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, and funeral home and crematory malpractice.

Mrs. Neal is a co-author of a personal injury book entitled “A Conversation with Our Clients” and is also the host of a weekly radio show, “Lawyers with Purpose”, which airs every Friday at 5:00pm on “Inspiration” AM 1110. 

 

Mrs. Neal and her husband are the proud parents of two young daughters and are in the process of adopting an orphan. In her spare time, Mrs. Neal teaches a "Jobs for Life" course, counseling unemployed and underemployed individuals in her community. She also volunteers in the newborn nursery at her church, and enjoys organizing social activities between preschoolers and senior citizens at a local assisted living facility. 

 

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Licensed for 17 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Carey Leisure & Neal
622 Bypass Drive
Clearwater, FL, 33764

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Posted by Eileen | March 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Highly recommended
It is hard enough when your in a car accident and your at a lost to what needs to be done between handling insurance company's, doctors visits, phone calls etc. I called Katherine Neal's office for guidance. Not only did I get the guidance i needed, I got the best personal care from Katherine and her staff that a person could ask for. Everything was explained to me 100% I did not have to deal with anything but my recovery. Highly Recommended!!!!
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Posted by Judi | October 28, 2016
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If you are looking for results, respect, and kindness than Katherine Christie Neal is the attorney for you..
When I first meet Katherine, she told me Judi, when this case is settled. I want you to purchase something special. I had hired 3 other attorneys that failed to get me results. So, I was fairly skeptical. Katherine helped fight for my rights and turned a very complicated case into, an unexpected Happy Ending. If you are thinking about calling an attorney for a personal injury case, and you see that phone number on the television, I urge you to "STOP". You will be just a number, not a person, and just a fast buck for these law firms. I have experienced this. Now, I am talking from experience, please pick up the phone and call Katherine, and the Carey and Leisure Firm. Not, only did she and the Carey Leisure Firm, get me a more than fair settlement. They truly cared about me and my family. I was always treated with the utmost respect, and kindness. If you are looking for that miracle, Katherine will change your life forever. When they settled my case, just about a month ago. I purchased that something special Katherine asked me to do, I purchased our home, our dream, and we our now on our way to a new journey in our life. If it was not for Katherine and Carey and Leisure Law Firm I would not be starting this new chapter in my life. She is truly a "Miracle Worker". From the bottom of my heart, Thank You Katherine and the Carey and Leisure Family. You will always be a part of my friends, and my family. God Bless
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Posted by Vicki | July 18, 2016
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Client
Katherine is an excellent lawyer. This was my first time having to hire a lawyer. I was involved in an auto accident. She was with me every step of the way, advised me each step to be taken and why, provided recommendations and listened to me when I had concerns and/or questions. Explained in detail but to where I understood it. The whole staff was very good.
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Posted by Debbie | July 9, 2016
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Simply the Best
Katie went above and beyond making sure all my questions were answered and that I was comfortable with every step of the legal process with both my slip and fall and my auto accident. She fought hard for me and never backed down and ultimately got me what I deserved. It was a pleasure working with her!
Posted by Adam | June 28, 2016
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The Best Around!
I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine in September due to a car accident. From Day 1, Katherine and her team made me feel that I was in the right hands with my case. Even though my daily life kept going on, Katherine would always keep me in the loop on what's happening. They truly went above and beyond with their work on my case. I would recommend Katherine and her team to anyone and everyone. I will be spreading their name by word of mouth as well. Hands down this is the attorney that you would like to represent your case. I am very blessed to have had such an amazing attorney. Thank you again for everything you did for me.
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Posted by dana | June 27, 2016
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She is the Best!
Katherine Neal is a wonderful person. She is gifted attorney who always when out of her way to help me during a very difficult period in my life. She is warm, and empathetic, and was always very forthright and honest about everything while handing my personal injury case. I felt very confident in her abilities throughout the process. I would recommend Katherine Neal wholeheartedly to anyone in need of a top notch personal injury attorney.
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Posted by Larry | June 24, 2016
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Kathryn Neal and Assiciates
We would like to send a thank you to Kathryn Neal and staff on how well we were represented and treated in regards to our case. A special thank you to Kathryn Neal and her staff for literally taking care of every detail of our case and guiding our every move through doctors, tests, visits and surgery. We were new in the area so finding the right doctors was very important to us and they were able to recommend some excellent doctors . We were kept advised and Informed on everything that was happening and a timeline of events was provided whereas there were no surprises. The whole Staff was very friendly and made us feel they really cared about us and our case. Everyone was on a first name bases and we were treated like friends. The staff worked very hard to get us the most compensation available, and as a result the financial compensation well exceeded what we were expecting. I highly recommend this firm to anyone in need of representation. Again a big Thank you to Kathern Neal and her awesome staff.
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Posted by Erica | June 23, 2016
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The Best
I felt confident with Ms. Neal on my side. She was professional and easy to talk to, and she fought aggressively for my interests. She was able to settle my case for an amount well above my expectations.
Posted by Michelle M. Luck | June 18, 2016
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Awesome Attorney!!!!
After being hit while riding my bike on a sidewalk by a driver who never even looked for pedestrians, Ms. Neal was there the moment I called her. She came to my house (the bike was my only transportation) and helped me with everything. I received personalized assistance and even though the driver didn't have Bodily Injury Insurance to help me cover the medical bills I'm left with after his insurance stopped coverage along with any pain and suffering issues (fx rib, partially collapsed lung, etc) she still did all she could to make sure my personal property was replaced quickly and at no cost to me. I am, and was, very impressed that she took the time to help me with my case as much as she could without any charge to me. I VERY HIGHLY recommend Ms. Neal. She is very professional, prompt, and really cared about me and my injuries. If I ever need a personal injury attorney again, (but I hope I won't!) I will not hesitate to call her again.
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Posted by Hayley | June 17, 2016
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Katherine is awesome!
Katherine was always very professional and responded to any communication very quickly. She always kept me informed of the status of my case and was always very pleasant when I called.
Posted by Ed | June 17, 2016
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Katherine Neal
Ms Neal far exceeded our expectations in our case. She was accessible, courteous and tenacious. She brought clarity to the intricacies of our case and was always personable and pleasant. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms Neal.
Posted by Don Lewis | June 16, 2016
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Personal Injury Representation by Katy Neal
With whom this concerns: Legal representation is something that is an extremely personal experience whereby you are asked to extend total trust in another, generally unknown to you, for a guaranteed fee which will be received irrespective of outcome. At the very least, the proposition is frightening. Now add to that the fact that you have been compromised in some sort of injurious accident that has left you physically, financially and emotionally compromised. Seems like a highly unfavorable scenario. I can assure you that it feels that way up and until you are greeted by Katy Neal and her team of associates. Empathy, kindness, genuineness, understanding of your limitations, and an amazing drive to see to it that you are treated fairly, with dignity and respect are hallmarks of her practice. Unlike many attorneys that simply push you off on to their paralegals, Katy is readily available and returns every correspondence or call in an exceptionally timely manner. After she has seen to it that you receive appropriate medical attention, rehabilitation, and are on the road to maximum medical improvement, she begins her full on frontal assault of the insurance carriers. To suggest that insurance carriers have made things extremely adversarial is understated. Her aggressive representation is relentless. She is not satisfied until she has recovered every possible cent available to you and negotiated your medical bills down to a level of reasonableness that seemed improbable. I know all of this about Katy because I was involved in two seperate, not at fault, MVA's on 10/22/2013 and again on 9/16/2015. In 2013, I was hit and significantly injured by a driver that ran a red light and in 2015 I was hit by a wrong way driver resulting in a vicious roll-over accident pinning me upside down for 40 minutes. Both major traumas landed me in Tampa General Hospital and shortly thereafter under Katy Neal's watchful eye. I am happy to report that she diligently looked after my medical care, rehabilitation and then maximized the the personal injury compensation received. Anyone looking for kind, ethical, responsive, attentive representation who possesses a big bite to go with a surprisingly loud bark ought to consult Katy Neal and her highly respected and decorated office. Gratefully, Donnie.L.
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Posted by Ashley | June 16, 2016
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Absolutely wonderful
Katherine was very helpful and empathetic towards my case. I was stabbed in the chest by an employee of a dance club and Katherine, I feel, tried her best to overpass the awful loop hole infested insurance company that the facility carried. I appreciate all the help from Ms Neal. I called her with so many questions, I embarrassingly cried over the phone and in person, and I was scared considering the trauma I'd just gone through. Unfortunately we lost, but Katherine was so very understanding and I felt so at ease and I needed that very much throughout that time. Thank you again so much.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
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Katherine Is The Very Best!
Months ago, I slipped in a puddle in a supermarket and hurt my leg. I called Katherine Neal for help, and it was the best decision I could have made. She could not have been more knowledgeable, helpful or sweeter. She made my case a top priority, and took every single one of my calls immediately. She guided me through the process and gave me top-notch advice. Even though she did not make a dime off of my case because I decided not to file a lawsuit as my injury did not turn out to be as severe as I had feared, Katherine made me feel like her most important client! I tell everyone that if they need a lawyer, call Katherine and she will take excellent care of you. I will never forget her kindness.
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Posted by Natalie | July 22, 2014
Grateful Client/Artist with Wrist and Hand Injury in St. Petersburg
Katherine Neal and her office provided the absolute best service imaginable. I hired Katherine last April 2013, following an accident , where I was struck to the ground by a flying (airborne) vendor tent that was picked up by the gusting wind, because it was not anchored. My wrist was broken and required surgery. It was my right hand , my art and writing hand and I was out of work during a 16 week recovery. I am still in therapy 16 month later, have had another surgery, because of extensive nerve damage and have been left with a hand deformity called Boutinniere's. My ability to create art work and to teach certain classes, such as pottery have been greatly impacted.I was treated professionally and with utmost kindness. I had never experienced an attorney before that had the ability to be both professional and have empathy for the suffering I was and continue to endure. All of my questions were promptly answered, I was kept up to date about my case, and I never once felt that she or her assistant did not have time for me. I felt as if the kindness and concern extended to my family members , who were my caretakers for several weeks , when I could not drive, dress, bathe, or prepare meals for myself. I was given lots of information to read, plenty of email and office time, phone contacts as needed and was kept in the loop at all times throughout the process. This was a terrible traumatic experience that impacted every area of my life and I can't imagine going through it with anyone nicer and and more knowledgeable and professional than Mrs. Neal. I would recommend this attorney and the law firm of Carey and Leisure to anyone who wants top professional legal assistance with a heart of compassion.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2014
The Best!!!
Katherine went above and beyond to help me with my case. She was patient with me ,answering all of my questions. She was a great communicator and truly knew what it took to get me help after my accident. She took the time to understand what my needs were with this case. I felt as though she was on my side and she truly did go to battle on my behalf. I would recommend her to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2014
2014 client
I was very impressed with Katherine's excellent communication and hard work. She resolved my auto accident case very quickly and was able to obtain a surprisingly large settlement for me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who has an injury or accident!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Carey Leisure & Neal
  • 2003 - Present
  • Judicial Intern
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
  • 2003 - 2003

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Jobs For Life
  • Champion and Instructor
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chrisitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lawyers With Purpose
  • radio show host
  • 2014 - Present
  • Calvary Church
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Attorney Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Attorney Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Board Certified - Civil Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2016
  • 10 BEST 2016 - Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm
  • US News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Attorney Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Litigator Award
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2015
  • Top Scoring Writer / Stetson Law Review's Competition
  • St. Petersburg Times
  • 2004
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Publications

  • CLN & B Publishing
  • A Conversation With Our Clients
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • People's Law School
  • Car Insurance and Personal Injury Law
  • 2016
  • Jobs For Life
  • How to Identify Your Roadblocks
  • 2016
  • Jobs For Life
  • Mastering Your 60 Second Commerical
  • 2016
  • People's Law School
  • The Basics of Personal Injury Law
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (6)
Endorse Katherine
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I most certainly endorse Katy. I have worked for her since April, 2015, and can attest to her abilities as a trial lawyer. Katy has the unique ability to connect and communicate with people, a skill often overlooked in our industry. She maintains an approachable demeanor while simultaneously representing her clients with relentless effort and unparalleled advocacy. Katy's knowledge of Florida law coupled with her skills in applying it in any given case is what defines her competence as a trial lawyer. She is truly a champion of justice."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Katie has worked on many mediations with me. I have observed her knowledge of the law and realistic value of a personal injury case. She zealously represents her clients. I recommend her for her legal ability as well as personable nature."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Katherine is an incredibly tenacious, yet compassionate, attorney. She fights hard for her clients, but makes sure that they know she truly cares about their cause. Her clients' cases are in good hands."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Neal for over a decade. During that time I have referred numerous cases to her and she has received great results for the individuals I have sent her way. She is a consummate professional and goes above and beyond for each of her clients. I definitely endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with and for Katy for several years at Carey & Leisure. She is a smart, creative advocate whose positive personality brings light to clients in bad situations. We tried a case together and obtained a favorable result in part by the hard work Katy put into preparing for the trial. She is a great lawyer and a great person!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Katy Neal is Great! She truly cares about getting the best results for all her clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have never seen another attorney work harder to strive for excellence in advocating for her clients the way Mrs. Neal does. She is able to do so while maintaining high ethical standards and show her clients compassion. It is an honor to work with her and learn from her."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katy is a great person and a spectacular personal injury lawyer. I first met Katy in law school and within a few short years thereafter she has become one of Tampa Bay's leading personal injury lawyers. She really cares about her clients, not just a paycheck. Finally, she is one of only the few board certified lawyers practicing in the personal injury area."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked many personal injury cases with Katy over the years . She is an incredibly gifted attorney who understands the complexities of personal injury law and can convey them to her clients effortlessly. It had been a pleasure working with her over the years and I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Neal and I have worked on several matters together, she is an excellent attorney who cares deeply for her clients. I find her to be a highly skilled litigator and ethical person who I would trust with my own legal matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Clearwater Personal injury Lawyer Katherine Christie Neal
Katherine Christie Neal
Personal injury Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 17 years
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