ABOUT MARY NEAL

Family Law Attorney

Mary Neal

Ms. Neal was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2012, after graduating with her Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law and Master of Arts in Communication Studies from St. Mary’s University earlier that year. She also holds a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated in 2007.

After working in civil defense litigation immediately after law school, Ms. Neal chose to devote the majority of practice to Family Law, wishing to spend more time in making a direct difference in her clients’ lives by vigorously advocating on their behalf. She has tried numerous cases to completion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as successfully defended appeals to the Second Court of Appeals located in Fort Worth.

Prior to taking the plunge into law, Ms. Neal worked as Program Director for both the Downtown Oklahoma City YMCA and the Garland Family YMCA, where she interacted with children and their parents on a daily basis. Originally from Garland, Texas, Ms. Neal has lived in Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as a brief stint in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ms. Neal is a proud sixth generation Texan and citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Ms. Neal’s favorite seasons include Texas Rangers baseball and Texas Longhorns football.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2012

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    •Juris Doctor - 2012
    •Honors: St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
    •Major: Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
    •Master of Arts in Communication Studies - 2012
    •Honors: Dean’s Honor Roll, 2011 and 2012
    •Honors: Distinguished Graduate, 2012
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism
    •Bachelor of Journalism - 2007

Published Works

  • Disparate Treatment of Female Nominees in the United States Supreme Court: A Content Analysis of Opening Statements by Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Academia Journal 3 (2014) (voted best paper of the journal by Dean of St. Mary’s University Graduate School)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Exes, Life Member
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Dallas County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • YMCA, Program Director
  • Law Office of Kate Smith, Associate Attorney, 2014 - Present
  • Law Office of Mary Neal, Attorney at Law, 2013 - 2014
  • Hoblit Ferguson Darling L.L.P., Associate Attorney, 2012 - 2013
  • Hicks & Schendel, PLLC, Law Clerk, 2011 - Present