Neal Sklar’s primary area of practice is focused on the representation of general contractors, construction managers and infrastructure contractors in a variety of construction related matters. These matters include providing counsel on state and federal government projects as well as Public Private Partnerships (P3s) involving transportation, commercial, heavy and social infrastructure, energy and multifamily residential projects.
“Through each phase of a project, our team helps to identify potential pitfalls, maintain contractual compliance and implement methods to avoid risk and potential disputes.”
Neal’s services include the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts as well as the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction contract disputes, construction lien claims, construction-defect claims, design-defect claims, bond claims, insurance claims and related matters.
A substantial portion of Neal’s practice involves providing on-site counsel and day-to-day guidance to clients on small, midsize and some of the nation’s largest construction projects. Neal’s practice is unique in that he employs alternative dispute resolution procedures whenever possible to solve problems and resolve disputes before crises occur. Through regularly scheduled meetings with project management staff, Neal identifies potential pitfalls, helps maintain contractual compliance, assists in statutory/regulatory compliance issues, and recommends methods to solve problems and avoid risk. He advises clients in litigation and transaction matters providing sound business advice and legal strategies calculated to advance their goals in a tactical manner.
When litigation is required, Neal vigorously represents his clients in assorted litigation proceedings. He has successfully handled a wide range of matters before state courts, federal courts, arbitration tribunals, mediation panels and administrative boards as well as in out-of-court negotiations and appellate arenas.
Neal has represented clients in cases involving concrete, roofing, foundation, bulkhead, masonry, drywall, framing, water proofing, fire proofing, stucco, Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EFIS), Insulated Concrete Form construction (ICF), paint, window and door assemblies, plumbing, electric, fire sprinkler systems, drainage systems, HVAC, masonry in addition to several other building/construction components. He has also authored several articles on current developments in construction law and is a frequent lecturer at seminars on construction-related topics.
State of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Associated Builders and Contractors
Construction Association of South Florida
Florida Transportation Builders Association
American Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
Dade County Bar Association
Latin Builders Association
Construction Lawyers Society of America (Fellow)
University of Miami, B.A.
Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D.
Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Specialist
Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2019
Best Lawyers, 2009 - 2021
Florida Legal Elite
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer
The Legal 500: United States
“California Case Is a Reminder That Not All Insurance Policies Are Alike Regarding COVID-19 Losses,” P&A Client Alert, March 2021 (Co-Author)
"Construction Liens," chapter 5-D, Florida Real Property Litigation, published by the Florida Bar, which serves as the Florida Bar’s definitive treatise on Florida’s Construction Lien law, (co-authored).
Published articles in Florida Transportation Builder, Southeast Construction, Construction, Ink!, The Miami Herald, The Daily Business Review, The Miami Today, Peckar & Abramson’s Client Alert and several other publications.