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Neal L. Schonhaut

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DIRECT DIAL: 609.580.3712

OFFICE: Princeton, NJ
OFFICE PHONE: (609) 580-3700
OFFICE FAX: (609) 580-0051

Biography

Neal began his career as a trial attorney for the New Jersey Attorney General’s office in 1979. As a Deputy Attorney General, he defended the State and its employees in State and Federal District Courts throughout New Jersey. His assignments involved personal injuries and property damage arising from medical malpractice, automobile accidents, dangerous products, unsafe property including roads and public buildings. He also defended the State in discrimination matters involving age, race, disability and violations involving excessive force by the New Jersey State Police.

In 1983, Neal left the Attorney General’s office with a desire to change his career direction. He began representing individuals who suffered significant injuries as a result of the types of negligence he previously defended for the State of New Jersey. Over the last 30 years Neal has obtained settlements and verdicts for individuals that have soared well into the millions. In 2011, he obtained a $6 million dollar verdict, the third largest jury verdict in the State of New Jersey, for the widow of a 62-year old man who died as a result of an accident in a nursing home.

While the majority of his practice surrounds the representation of injured individuals, his reputation as a defense attorney dating back to his days in Attorney General’s office has nurtured relationships with universities, public and private schools and Fortune 500 companies, whom Neal defends against claims of discrimination in the workplace. He develops strong legal positions through aggressive discovery which often leads to the successful dismissal of these claims. Neal is also the long time legal advisor (1984-present) to a New Jersey Insurance Pool representing more than 200 New Jersey State Boards of Education. In that capacity, he oversees litigation throughout the State involving personal injury and employment issues.

Awards & Recognition

  • AV rated Martindale Hubbell (highest rating)
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney (1990) (Approximately 2 % of New Jersey Lawyers are designated)
  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as a SuperLawyer since 2005
  • 2011 Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee
  • Master Mercer County Inn of Court (2008 – present)

*No aspect of this communication has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information about methodologies for rating or selecting attorneys is available on our website's Award Methodology page.

Representative Experience

  • $7 million settlement on behalf of a woman injured, as a result of dental malpractice, which caused Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD).
  • $6 million jury verdict in death of a 62-year-old man who fell from a wheelchair while unattended at rehabilitation center.   (2011—3rd largest jury verdict in the State of New Jersey)
    The Star Ledger (11/22/2010)
  • $5.5 million settlement of wrongful death action. Neal represented a widow and her four children who lost their husband and father as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
  • $4.6 million verdict in medical malpractice case. Neal represented the estate of a woman who suffered complications from anesthesia during surgery. After years of living with paralysis, she died. (2004—largest jury verdict in the State of New Jersey)
  • $3 million settlement in a case where a premature baby born at 32 weeks suffered a severe brain hemorrhage while in the neonatology unit. The baby is now 7 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy and paraplegia.
  • $2.75 million settlement of medical malpractice action causing cerebral palsy suffered as a result of anoxia during birth.
  • $2.4 million settlement against two hospitals and numerous doctors, involving the failure to diagnose meningitis.
  • $1.75 million settlement of the wrongful death of a Postal Worker who presented with significant pain, which was misdiagnosed as a muscle strain and was in fact an infection
  • $1.167 million settlement in a case where a 79 year old woman was admitted for knee surgery with pre-existing high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation. Post operation, the woman developed a complication due to dropping blood pressure causing a perforated bowel that led to her death.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Mercer County Bar Association

Awards And Recognition

  • AV rated Martindale Hubbell (highest rating)
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney (1990) (Approximately 2 % of New Jersey Lawyers are designated)
  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as a SuperLawyer since 2005
  • 2011 Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee
  • Master Mercer County Inn of Court (2008 – present)
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers
  • SJ Magazine "Top Attorney" (Automotive Law, 2014)

*No aspect of this communication has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information about methodologies for rating or selecting attorneys is available on our website's Award Methodology page.

Articles & Presentations

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Personal Injury Services

Admitted:

  • New Jersey, 1979
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • University of Bridgeport
    Bachelor of Science, in Psychology, 1970
  • Rutgers University
    Master of Arts in History, 1976
  • Rutgers Law School
    Juris Doctor, 1979

our offices
  • Haddonfield, NJ

    One Centennial Square

    33 East Euclid Avenue
    Haddonfield , NJ  08033
    Phone: 856-795-2121
    Fax: 856-795-0574

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  • Philadelphia, PA

    One Liberty Place

    Thirty-Second Floor
    1650 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Phone: 215-963-3300
    Fax: 215-963-9999

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  • Hackensack, NJ

    Court Plaza South, West Wing

    21 Main Street, Suite 353
    Hackensack, NJ 07601-7095
    Phone: 201-342-6000
    Fax: 201-342-6611

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  • Princeton, NJ

    101 Carnegie Center

    Suite 300
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Phone: 609-580-3700
    Fax: 609-580-0051

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  • Flemington, NJ

    Flemington

    361 Route 31, Building E
    Suite 1301
    Flemington, NJ 08822
    Phone: 908-788-9700
    Fax: 908-788-7854

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  • Red Bank, NJ

    Red Bank Office

    Riverview Plaza
    10 Highway 35
    Red Bank, NJ 07701-5902
    Phone:  732-268-8000
    Fax:  732-345-8420

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  • Wilmington, DE

    300 Delaware Avenue

    Suite 1100
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone: 302-777-4350
    Fax: 302-777-4352

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  • New York, NY

    44 Wall Street

    Suite 1285
    New York, NY 10005
    Phone: 212-292-4998
    Fax: 212-461-2223

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