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Neal McNamara is a member of the Labor and Employment group. He represents companies and organizations of all sizes, counseling them regarding employment issues and defending them when they are sued on employment-related issues.

What do you focus on?

I focus on two main areas—both connected to the workforce.

I counsel clients on issues with their employees and defend them if disputes arise. I advise my clients on the full range of employee issues, from handling the very tricky interplay of FMLA leaves, workers compensation and the ADA, to drafting employment policies, to investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment, and to crafting agreements to protect the client’s trade secrets and confidential information. I do this with an eye to preventing litigation.

When that is not possible, I defend clients in suits alleging discrimination, harassment and breach of employment agreements. I recently obtained a jury verdict for a client in a case alleging discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and religion. I also obtained summary judgment in a case involving similar allegations. In addition, I represent clients in lawsuits where they seek to enforce employment agreements and protect their trade secrets and confidential information.

What do you see on the horizon?

I expect to see an increase in the number of age discrimination complaints as well as complaints claiming national origin and religious discrimination. In addition, I believe that employers will face increasing challenges related to protection of trade secrets and confidential information, including enforcement of non-compete and non-solicit agreements.

Media Clips

  • ACLU Sues for Volkman Trial Info
    Portsmouth Daily Times | March 19, 2015
    Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are noted as the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island's counsel in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist.
  • People in the Law
    Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 4, 2013

    This coverage notes that Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara has been named to the board of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to eliminating gender inequity.

  • Diversity a Competitive Advantage
    Providence Business News | January 21, 2013

    In this article, Nixon Peabody attorneys comment on how to create and maintain a diverse workforce enriches corporate culture, stays in line with equal-opportunity regulations and attracts talent. Diversity action co-chair Kendal Tyre, Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara, and Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian are featured throughout the piece.




Neal J. McNamara