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NEAL J. MCNAMARA

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 prepared to defend Warwick media outlets threatened with lawsuit over posting public report
    Providence Business News | March 30, 2016
    This piece notes that the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island will represent two local media outlets if they are sued for writing about how local school administrators handled accusations of sexual misconduct by a teacher. Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and associate William Wynne are mentioned as ACLU volunteers who will represent the media if the lawsuit moves forward.
  • Q&A: Phil Eil on His Battle to Get Evidence from a 2011 Drug Trial
    Rhode Island Public Radio | March 14, 2016
    Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are mentioned in this radio show Q&A for their pro bono work in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on behalf of a local journalist.
  • Why Is the DEA Not Cooperating with This FOIA Request?
    Esquire | December 2, 2015
    A journalist looking to write a book on the former Chicago physician dubbed the “Pill Mill Doctor” is seeking thousands of pages of evidence about the trial from the DEA. Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and the ACLU are advising the journalist.
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  • 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.

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