At Carey Leisure & Neal in Clearwater, our attorneys represent personal injury victims throughout Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or due to any other form of negligence, we are ready to be your advocates, fighting
622 Bypass Drive
CLEARWATER FL 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.
Areas of Practice
Funeral Home Malpractice
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Civil Trial Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Rhode Island, 1977
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1981
U.S. Tax Court
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".
While in law school, Ms. Leisure served as the supervising judicial intern in the Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit and was an associate member of the Stetson Law Review. Ms. Leisure also received the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award and the West Group Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award.
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.
Katherine is fiercely dedicated to providing personalized service to each client. She refuses to be the type of lawyer that most people expect. She returns each phone call and email personally and quickly. She prides herself on her accessibility to clients and her excellent communication skills. Katherine believes that a lawyer cannot adequately represent an injured client without closely learning that client's entire story. As such, she spends hours truly getting to know her clients. She wants to understand how each client's injury or loss has affected their health, finances, goals, work and plans. Every client's story is unique and personal, and Katherine never tires of learning them. Katherine then uses that information (which she calls "ammunition") to fight hard to get each client the justice they deserve.
Katherine has spent her entire legal career as a trial lawyer, concentrating only in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and crematory and cemetery malpractice. She has never practiced any other type of law. As such, she has spent a decade and a half perfecting her trial skills and pre-litigation strategies to maximize verdicts and settlements for her clients. Katherine Neal is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, which means The Florida Bar considers her an expert in her field. To our knowledge, she is the youngest Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in the history of the State of Florida.
Katherine loves being a part of each client's restoration story. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the peace and appreciation on a client's face upon resolution of their case, whether by settlement or jury verdict. She gets great personal satisfaction from playing a major role in her clients' reduced stress, restored health, and financial improvement.
Katherine 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. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern for a County Court Judge, and was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Judicial Intern for the Sixth Circuit State Attorney's Office. She won the St. Petersburg Times Award for the Best Competition Paper and was a senior associate of The Stetson Law Review. Katherine also served as a Stetson Ambassador, wherein she assisted new law students as a mentor and advisor.
Katherine 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 5:00pm on Inspiration AM 1110.
Katherine is a proud parent of two young daughters and recently adopted a son from Africa. In her spare time, she teaches a "Jobs for Life" course, counseling unemployed and underemployed individuals in her community. She also volunteers in the newborn nursery at her church, and enjoys organizing social activities between preschoolers and senior citizens at a local assisted living facility.
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