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David William Neel

Employment and labor Attorney at Beachwood, OH

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

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I am an AV-Preeminent litigation and trial lawyer with 28 years of experience.  My practice focus is employment law and civil rights.  I represent employees and victims of civil rights abuses.  I offer free telephone consultations during which I can answer your questions.  I also represent businesses in commercial litigation matters.  

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David W. Neel, LLC
3401 Enterprise Parkway
Suite 340
Beachwood, OH, 44122


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and quick through AVVO
Attorney Neel is one I will seek out if I were to pursue any legal matter in his field of expertise. His answer to my question here on AVVO was so quick it surprised me. His answer was very concise and his background detailed here is quite impressive. Thank you AVVO and thank you Attorney Neel.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and gave great advice
Helped with a case at work, very helpful and provided intelligent advice that directed me to a more informed decision. Would recommend again without reservation.
Response from David Neel October 2, 2015
It was a pleasure working with you to resolve a difficult situation.
Posted by Raymond M Billick | August 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personable, knowledgeable and ethical
Mr. Neel responded expeditiously to our email inquiry. He was vey approachable and empathetic. He answered all our many questions truthfully and honesty even though the answers to our questions were not ones we initially wanted to hear. He is an excellent listener and communicator. He spoke to us in layman terms with no legalize. We would not hesitate to consult and/or retain his services if needed in the future. Thank you Mr. Neel for your invaluable Information and advice. Ray and Cindy
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Posted by mark | April 20, 2015
caring and genuine
You here so many stories about lawyers being ambulance chasers or only concerned about their fees, well, DAVID NEEL ESQ defies those stereotypes in a big way. He has demonstrated absolute and total concern for ME, my needs, my suffering and without him I shudder to even think how I could have possibly sustained the strength to go on. David has gone far above and beyond and demonstrated a genuine concern for my health and emotional well being.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Very satisfied
Mr Neel was great! He was a huge help in getting all my back pay owed by a previous employer. He's very knowledgable and easy to get along with. It did take a while to get the case going, but that was more on the court's end and not his. Once the case got under way though, things went quickly. And without the need to appear in court, so I didn't need to miss any work. I'm very happy with his service.
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Posted by Doug | March 16, 2014
Highly Recommended
Dave did a great job when he represented me. My case took several years, and he stuck by me throughout the entire case. Dave worked with me on preparing strategies and kept me informed as to everything that was taking place. It was not like working with an lawyer, but more of a business partner. Dave is very understanding of the law and how the legal system works. I would use Dave again and recommend him very highly.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Great cross-examination
I retained Mr. David Neel a few years ago in a civil matter. Mr. Neel aggressively requested and obtained evidence to help build my case. Mr. Neel's biggest asset is his cross-examination where he will get the facts out of a deceptive witness. He also utilizes a well rehearsed rapid-fire questioning technique in cross-examination. It was a long road to get my day in court. When the day came he was well prepared and kept the defendant on their heels. I would recommend David to friends and family.
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Posted by Rob | February 20, 2014
Shareholder Littler Mendelson
I retained David to defend a family member in a very contentious breach of contract case which, when David received the file, seemed to have no viable defense available. David is an extremely intelligent, creative and-when necessary- aggressive litigator. He took a case that appeared unwinnable and through hard work, legal research, and excellent lawyering discovered a winning defense and the facts in the record to support the defense. He is the full package: smart, hard working, creative, aggressive and ethical. Prior to hiring David, he and I had co-defended many cases where I had the ability to observe first hand his very impressive litigation skills.
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Posted by Bob | February 11, 2014
Excellent attorney
Attorney Neel assisted me with a very difficult Civil case which ended up in Federal Court. He was very compassionate always available to answer questions. Very dedicated and experienced. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing help. I would without hesitation use him again if needed
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chairman, Employment Law Group
  • Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox, & Garofoli Co., Lpa
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Cleveland Marshall College Of Law
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Of Counsel
  • Duvin, Cahn & Hutton
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox, & Garofoli Co., Lpa
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
  • 1986 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Court Judge Ann Aldrich
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Summer Associate
  • Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
  • 1984 - 1984
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  • Columbia University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1985
  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Kenyon College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kilgore v. Environmental Systems Products, Inc.
  • Confidential settlement
  • Perry v. Little & Sons Roofing
  • Confidential settlement
  • Reed v. West Terrace, Inc.
  • Confidential settlement
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  • Teamsters Legal Defense Fund
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Commendation
  • Cleveland Employment Network
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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  • Cleveland Bar Journal
  • Employer Vicarious liability
  • 2004
  • Cleveland Bar Journal
  • The Impact of Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 123 S.Ct. 2148 (2003)
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Classroom
  • Evidence Law
  • 2013
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Hiring Decision Issues
  • 2005
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Establishing the Legal Baseline for Hiring
  • 2005
  • Employment Law Update
  • Harassment and Discrimination Update for the Modern Workplace
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (13)
Endorse David
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with David and known him for more than 20 years. He's a first class lawyer and human being, and extremely knowledgeable in labor and employment law. I give him my highest endorsement."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am very pleased to endorse this lawyer. He is extremely competent in both the art and substance of trial practice. I observed him skillfully serve a very difficult client in a difficult case. His manner is calming for the client and professional for the court and other attorneys in the case."
Divorce and separation
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Personal injury
Employment and labor
Employee benefits
Employment and labor

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