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.


  • “MDA Advocacy Institute: Employment Rights for People Living with a Disability,” Muscular Dystrophy Association, Webinar, October 2020

Ex-Upserve Exec Ordered to Stop Work at Payment Processor

Law360 | April 29, 2020

Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, partner Neal McNamara, and associate Aaron Nadich, all of the Labor & Employment group, are mentioned for representing restaurant management platform provider Upserve in a breach of contract case against a former executive. The judge in the case this week granted Upserve’s motion for preliminary injunction and barred the former executive from working at his new employer, an Upserve competitor.


Neal J. McNamara



Phone: 401-454-1019

Fax: 866-880-5544

New York University School of Law, J.D.

Columbia University, M.A., History

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude

Rhode Island


New York

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Neal was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the fields of Employment Law—Management; Labor Law—Management; Litigation—Labor and Employment. Neal has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2007, and was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Labor Law—Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Providence, RI.

Neal has been recognized as “Senior Statespeople” in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Labor & Employment (Rhode Island). Neal has been recognized by Chambers USA in previous years.

Neal was named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2019.

Neal has also been recognized in multiple years as a “Rhode Island Super Lawyer” in labor and employment (based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters), and as Lawyer of the Year by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.

Neal has also received an AV® Preeminent Rating in labor and employment law, the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Neal was awarded the 2011 Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award by the Rhode Island Bar Association for his charitable work with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Neal has been a member of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Disability Law Foundation since 1998 and has served as the chair since 2008. He has been a member of the Board of the Federal Bar Association of Rhode Island since 2003. Neal is also a member of the Board of The Scandinavian Home, McAuley House, and The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. He is also a member of the Rhode Island and American Bar Associations.

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