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Carey Leisure & Neal Wins 2014 Litigator Award

AUG 18 | 2015

Carey Leisure & Neal Wins 2014 Litigator Award

Edited by Amy Harris

Carey Leisure & Neal named 2014 Litigator Award Winner™. Having been conferred this prestigious National Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for: Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents and Brain Injury.

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON: AUG. 18, 2015 – Carey Leisure & Neal a trial law firm in Clearwater, Florida was awarded the prestigious 2014 Litigator Award™ for extraordinary achievement within the field(s) of: Auto Defects, Products Liability and Brain Injury.

Justly standing as the nations most coveted symbol of “Litigation Achievement”, this unrivaled annual honor recognizes trial lawyers {firms} who have attained extraordinary litigation achievement within one or more of 72 pre-defined “Practice Specialty” categories. Based strictly on “Verdict and/or Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity, the Litigator Awards™ are perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged trial law rating. Simply being nominated is to be set among the elite of the profession. Those awarded are generally considered among the finest trial lawyers in the nation.

To be Award Eligible, Nominees must prove achievement of litigation “Performance Benchmarks” that includes not less than:

a). Two verified “Verdicts or Settlements” of at-least $1 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 5 year period prior to Nomination*, or

b). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $5 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 10 year period prior to Nomination**, or

c). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $10 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 20 year period prior to Nomination.

It is a feat achieved by fewer than 1% of all Lawyers, and truly a testament to each Award Recipient’s remarkable performance relative to peers. Of the nearly 1.1 Million lawyers considered, only a select few per State or DMA, will achieve the distinction of being awarded annually in any given Practice Specialty*.

Winning a 2014 Litigator Award™ is a “Powerful Endorsement” of superior litigation achievement that provides discerning clientele {as well as referring professionals} with a strong reason to trust their case with an Award Recipient. Moreover, it offers a testament to their remarkable performance relative to peers.

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Law Firm Profile

Carey & Leisure

622 Bypass Drive
Clearwater, Florida 33764


Thomas W. Carey is the founding partner of the Clearwater firm of Carey Leisure & Neal. Following the tragic loss of his wife, Joni, to a drunk driver, Mr. Carey served as the State Chairman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1986 and was the Pinellas County President from 1984 to 1985. He continues to be actively involved in the organization and was co-founder of Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) in the Tampa Bay area.

Mr. Carey has been an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at Stetson University College of Law and has lectured on funeral home and cemetery malpractice, the Dram Shop Act, and other topics. Mr. Carey has litigated complex liability and medical issues in courts throughout West Florida and has been lead counsel in a large number of cases involving victims of drunk driving.

Jodi Leisure is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar, and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Ms. Leisure received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1999, her Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University in 1999, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 1989. She is the managing partner at Carey Leisure & Neal.

Ms. Leisure is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, and is a member of The Florida Bar, The American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and National Board of Trial Advocacy. She was also featured in Florida Super Lawyers, which lists Florida’s outstanding attorneys in each practice area. She is the co-author of “A Conversation With Our Clients”

Ms. Leisure uses her experience as a litigator and trial attorney to pursue claims for wrongful death and injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and other negligent conduct.

Katherine Neal was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up throughout the United States and overseas as an “Army Brat”. She learned the value of hard work and commitment to excellence from her father, a Brigade Commander and Colonel in the United States Army. Mrs. Neal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University in 2002 and her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2004. Mrs. Neal is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer. She is one of, and to our knowledge the youngest Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in Florida’s history

Mrs. Neal is a co-author of a personal injury book entitled “A Conversation with Our Clients” and is also the host of a weekly radio show, “Lawyers with Purpose”, which airs every Friday at 11:30 am on “Inspiration” AM 1110.


Auto Accident
Verdict or Settlement: $5,000,000

Struck by vehicle, While in Wheelchair
Verdict or Settlement: $1,000,000

Hit by vehicle
Verdict or Settlement: $3,000,00

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