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Patrick H Neale

Business Attorney at Naples, FL

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Providing advice on business matters of all general types for the small business owner. Assistance in contract drafting, interpretation and litigation. Advise on structure and entities.

    46 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Representing clients in filing for bankruptcy protection under the bankruptcy code and assisting in creation of solutions for financial difficulties.

    25 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Drafting and reviewing contracts for businesses and individuals for sales transactions, employment and other areas.

    46 years

  4. Real estate
    Representing buyers, sellers and developers in contracts and due diligence.

    36 years

  5. Construction and development
    Providing representation for contractors and individuals in the construction and development of real estate.

    36 years

  6. Foreclosure
    Providing holistic services for foreclosure prevention and defense.

    18 years

  7. Land use and zoning
    Representing developers and individuals before governmental bodies on land use, zoning and other development related issues.

    33 years

Patrick Neale is an attorney who practices law in the areas of business, entrepreneur, contractor, construction, land use and zoning, real estate, foreclosure prevention and defense, bankruptcy and governmental and administrative law. His firm emphasizes a holistic approach to the solution of clients’ problems so that more than just legal options can be considered. He represented the Collier County Contractors’ Licensing Board for over fifteen years and has appeared before the Legislature, Governor and Cabinet, the Collier County Commission, City of Marco Island Council, state and federal courts and various governmental boards and agencies on behalf of clients.

Memberships (Legal)

  • Florida Bar since 1978, Senior Lawyers Committee 2013 - present
  • Collier County Bar
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Community Commitment and Recognition

  • Business of the Month, July 2014 – Collier County Board of Commissioners and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce – past board Member and past chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Leadership Collier – Class of 1992, past chair, Steering Committee in 1992-1993 and the Leadership Collier Alumni Committee in 1994, 2014 recipient of the Leadership Collier Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, past chair and inaugural delegation of the Leadership Institute
  • United Way of Collier County – current board member and past president
  • Youth Haven – past president and former board member
  • Collier Foreclosure Task Force
  • Collier Legal Aid - Attorney of the Month February 2010 and November 2011, Legal Aid Leadership Award 2012
  • Collier County Women’s Bar Association Special Recognition Award for his service on the Foreclosure Task Force in 2009
  • Champions for Learning (Education Foundation) – Man of Distinction 2010
  • Naples Equestrian Challenge – current board member
  • Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce – past president, current board member and chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Lifetime Achievement Award 2007
  • Marco Island YMCA – past president, Community Leader of the Year 2002

Business Acumen

Patrick is the president and owner of Lucera, Inc., a distribution, marketing and consulting firm. Lucera was founded in 1987 and focuses on the plastics, chemical and specialty petroleum products markets. Lucera provides consulting services in international marketing, technology transfer, plant design, organization and training for companies. He was also managing partner of KC America, LLC, an international plastics distribution company. During the period he was operating these companies, he traveled to Russia over forty times and China over fifteen times. He is still doing business with both countries.

A proud Hurricane, Patrick is a graduate of the University of Miami with a BS in Chemistry and a graduate of the University Of Miami School Of Law. He moved to Collier County in 1987 from the Philadelphia area. A native Miamian, he had lived from 1978 until 1987 in the New York metropolitan area, Philadelphia area and Houston, Texas while employed in a variety of senior management positions in the specialty petroleum and related businesses.  


Patrick Neale & Associates
5470 Bryson Court
Suite 103
Naples, FL, 34109
Patrick Neale & Associates
950 North Collier Blvd.
Suite 411
Marco Island, FL, 34145
Patrick Neale & Associates
Po Box 9440
Naples, FL, 34101
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4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2022
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Patrick Neale’s brilliant counsel, kind demeanor, and exceptional support team guided me through my bankruptcy case to a successful outcome. Needless-to-say, I was nervous and hesitant to make the first phone call to Mr Neale’s office, but I am grateful that I did. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2021
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Wonderful Experience!
Patrick Neale, is a wonderful attorney. Knowledgeable and friendly. Very understanding. I was comfortable and felt like I had a good understanding of what was happening the entire process.
Posted by Bob | April 12, 2019
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Real Estate - Litigation
I purchased an investment property in Ft Myers 2005. With the banks approval I tried to short sell the property, upon receipt of a sale they couldn't find who actually held the mortgage. I defaulted in 2009. In 2013 the PMI company initiated a proceeding via several different law/collection agencies. Mr.. Gregory Champeau, esq. defended me as they had also decided to seek financial reimbursement from my wife who wasn't legally part of the transaction. He was successful in that the judgement would only apply to me. My assets were all TBE (except for one) which prevented collection. In 2019 the collections agency became more aggressive, Patrick Neale, esq, was brought in as his expertise in addressing various attempted garnishments and his litigation skills were needed to address various court hearings initiated by the collections agency. It was discovered that an investment account me and my wife opened in 2005 was set up as Joint Ownership with Survivor Benefits. Unbeknownst to me a JWROS account is not afforded the same level of protection as a TBE account. Mr Neale was able to draw upon case law and present it in a fashion that helped to bring closure. The end result is that with Patrick Neale's legal expertise and Mr Gregory Champeau negotiations skills I did agree upon a favorable settlement. The only other option was to be continuously harassed by the collections agency for years to come. Thank You - Patrick Neale
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2018
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Bankruptcy with dignity
I was the victim of a hostile company takeover. In order to protect my family and home, I had to file for bankruptcy. It was a horrible experience but Mr Neale and his associate Mr. Champeau always treated me with kindness and respect. With their kind supportive expertise, we hot through it. I highly recommend them to any other honest hard working person who has a financial hardship.
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Posted by Patrick | August 24, 2018
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A Lawyer with Integrity in your corner
I was referred to Mr.. Neale, Mr. Champeau and their team; Judy & Karen from a good friend in the legal industry for my difficult personal financial situation and I was not disappointed. From the very beginning Mr. Neale was patient, understanding and honest. I knew up front what steps were being taken and where we were in the process. The entire team was friendly and at no time did I feel like I was lost in "Lawyer-speak" or not a priority. I cannot thank them enough or the assistance and consideration and highly recommend Mr. Neale, Mr. Champeau and their team for their professionalism, courtesy and ability to get the job done.
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Posted by Garry | September 2, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Efficient, and Caring!
Mr. Neale assisted me in closing my business and filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy. He guided me through the process of the many difficult decisions and is very knowledgeable and caring in the process. His staff is efficient, well organized and very caring. His level of professionalism is amazing. I would recommend Mr. Neale very HIGHLY!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2016
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Very unethical and unprofessional
He will waste you time and take on your case, ask for all useless information and paperwork that is totally irrelevant, and then weeks later send you a notification with out explanation that he no longer can represent you and you need to find another attorney. When you call the office to ask why and what in the world is going on as to why he's suddenly dropping your case, he's too coward to get on the phone to speak to you. Never returned our numerous phone calls. He's an unprofessional useless waste of time.
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Response from Patrick Neale October 18, 2016
As this is an anonymous review, I don't know who this person is. However,it appears that I had to decline representation for some reason. I would appreciate if this person would call my office so I can explain the situation.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Patrick Neale & Associates
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Patrick H Neale, Attorney at Law
  • 1987 - 2010
  • President
  • Lucera, Inc.
  • 1987 - 2012


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1978


  • Florida Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United Way of Collier County
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2008 - Present
  • Marco Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - Present
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • 1988 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alum
  • Leadership Collier Foundation
  • 2014
  • Leadership Award
  • Legal Aid of Collier County
  • 2012
  • Attorney of the Month - November 2011
  • Legal Aid of Collier County
  • 2011
  • Attorney of the Month - February 2010
  • Legal Aid of Collier County
  • 2010
  • Man of DIstinction
  • Collier County Education Foundation
  • 2009
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Collier County Women's Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marco Island Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007
  • Community Support Award
  • YMCA of Marco Island
  • 2002
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Business Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Neale is one of the finest attorneys I have met in my 30 years of practicing law. His knowledge of the law and professionalism is without peer. He is held in very high esteem by not only the attorneys but also the Courts in Southwest Florida."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is my go-to guy for thorny bankruptcy and consumer debt questions. He genuinely cares for his clients and seeks justice on their behalf."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Neale, a fellow U.M. graduate, is well versed in foreclosure defense law. He and his staff have been a resource to me when it comes to foreclosure defense and real estate issues."
Business Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is very professional and well versed in numerous area of business law. He can very effectively handle business matters, foreclosure matters, bankruptcy issues, and the numerous other bank work out cases that are related to these issues."
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