"As much as possible, my goal is to truly be a resource for my clients – a member of their team. You will never be able to make the litigation process stress-free, but I want my clients to know from day one that I’m on top of it and will spend the time and energy to make sure their interests are zealously represented. I want them to realize their case is my case."
When it comes to complicated business, real estate, and construction matters, it’s important to have an attorney who’s engaged on day one, and remains engaged throughout the case. From the moment of that first phone call with a client, Neal Suit strives to understand his clients’ business and objectives so that he can start laying out options and formulating the best strategy for that particular matter.
Clients have found that he has the ability to digest and comprehend large amounts of information in a short amount of time. That comes in handy when he needs to get to the bottom of a case quickly.
Neal’s goal is to not only develop and execute a strategy that puts his clients in the best position to achieve their objectives, but also to make sure the client is a part of the process every step of the way. With so many moving pieces, he finds the better informed his clients are, the better they’re able to make decisions about the matter.
The thing Neal enjoys most about his practice is developing relationships with clients. Each case, and each client, are different. And Neal has found that getting to know his clients and their businesses enables him to develop an approach for each case that fits the particular needs of his clients and puts them in the best position for a successful resolution of their dispute.
Secured dismissal of all claims for municipal client, including dismissal of constitutional challenges to the validity of a zoning ordinance, in a dispute regarding a large commercial development.
Substantial experience assisting certain clients in their day-to-day business operations, including advising, drafting, and negotiating contracts of all types, including vendor agreements, IT and licensing agreements, leases, construction contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.
Represented bank in foreclosing on mortgaged property owned by oil and gas partnership and company. Also successfully defended against a litany of counterclaims asserted against the bank, including for fraud and deceptive trade practices.
Represented bank in pursuing interpleaded funds and additional amounts owed under a factoring agreement in complex, multi-party litigation.
Awarded take-nothing judgment in arbitration that dismissed multimillion-dollar claims against real estate developer client.
Successfully tried case to jury for commercial real estate developer on claims of breach of contract and negligence.
Obtained dismissal in federal court of all claims asserted against former sales executive for oil and gas company, including alleged violations of securities laws and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.
Assisted construction clients in assessing and resolving lien and bond issues.
Secured temporary restraining order and temporary injunction for large construction client involved in payment dispute regarding installation of cutting-edge technology at government facility. Secured favorable settlement for client.
Secured temporary restraining orders and temporary injunction for client in dispute on use of unique real estate development that includes an airport.
Successfully prevented efforts to obtain order authorizing judicial foreclosure of residential property.
Prevailed on summary judgments that resulted in dismissal of multimillion-dollar patent infringement claims against telecommunications industry client, including upholding the dismissals on appeal.
Represents commercial property landlords, tenants, and guarantors in disputes throughout the state of Texas.
Successfully defended large construction-industry client in dispute over leased premises, including allegations involving environmental issues and holdover rent.
Prevailed on summary judgment for commercial property landlord client, prevailing on a breach of lease claim and defeating a variety of affirmative defenses. Client was awarded all damages sought and the recovery of attorneys’ fees.
Represents builder and developer of homes and condominiums in disputes regarding purchase contracts and alleged construction defects.
Successfully set aside a judgment in excess of $5,000,000 that had been entered against client in oil and gas industry.
Helped obtain settlement on behalf of a telecommunications provider following a five-week jury trial in a case involving client’s alleged wrongful termination of a patent license agreement.
Tried more than 30 cases to judgment or verdict as a volunteer city prosecutor in Collin County.
Named to the Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars listing in Business Litigation as published in Texas Monthly magazine in 2008 and 2010.
Author, Texas Court Weighs in on Admissibility of Comparable-Sales in Condemnation Cases, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (2017 Issue One).
Author, Comparable-Sales Evidence in Condemnation Cases: What Does Comparable Mean Anyway?, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (November 2016).
Panelist, Botched Real Estate Transactions – Tips from the Bench and Bar to Avoid the Courthouse, Dallas Bar Association, Real Property Section (November 2016).
Speaker, Texas Real Estate and Construction Case Law Update, Webinar (September 2016).
Real Estate Leasing: Contractual Indemnities, Additional Insured Endorsements, and Waivers of Subrogation, Strafford Webinar (June 2015).
Co-author, Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Law, 50 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L. J. 439 (Winter 2015).
Speaker, Commercial Real Estate Risk Mitigation: Contractual Indemnity, AI Endorsements and Certificates of Insurance, Strafford Publications Webinar (April 2014).
Author, The Texas Trend Toward Strict Enforcement of Construction Contracts, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (September 2013).
Speaker, A Work in Progress: The Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, CLE Presentation to the Texas State Bar Advanced Real Estate Course (July 2013).
Presenter, Pitfalls for the Unwary: Living (and Working) in a World of Email and Social Media, Dallas HR Webinar (April 2013).
Author, Court Holds That Lost Rental Value Is Not Recoverable As Delay Damages, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (Spring 2013).
Speaker, A Seismic Shift?: The Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, CLE Presentation to the Dallas Bar Association’s Real Property Section (February 2013).
Author, The Shifting Landscape in Construction Contracts: The Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (Winter 2013).
Author, Understanding the Differences Between Indemnity and Exculpatory Clauses, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (Winter 2013).
Author, A Work in Progress: The Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, Dallas Bar Association (February 2013).
Author, Delaware Confidential Arbitration Proceedings Found Unconstitutional, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (Fall 2012).
Speaker, Pitfalls of Email: It Doesn’t End When You Hit Send, Client Presentation (2012).
Speaker, Can You Keep a Secret? How Internal Disputes and Corporate Restructuring Can Affect the In-House Privilege, CLE Presentation (2012).
Edited chapter of American Bar Association Construction Insurance Book regarding Professional Liability (2010).
Presenter, Contracts 101: Why Contracts Matter and Why You Should Care, COI-Dallas (September 10, 2009).
Co-Author, A Model Act for the Democratization of Ballot Access, 36 Harv. J. on Legis. 451 (1999).
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Harvard Law School
Supervising Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
B.A., magna cum laude, 1998
Phi Beta Kappa
State Bar of Texas, Litigation and Real Estate Sections
Dallas Bar Association, Member Judiciary Committee and Fee Disputes Committee
Leadership Dallas Class of 2015, Dallas Regional Chamber
Construction Owners’ Association of America, Membership Committee of Texas Chapter
The Real Estate Council, Member of Programs and Research and Development Committees
Baylor Business Network, Steering Committee Member
Harvard Club of Dallas, Schools Committee
American Bar Association, Chair of Subcommittee on Experts for Real Estate Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
Board of Directors, Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
Member of Highland Park United Methodist Church