McNeal to Form Own Firm, Yochim to Join Alba and Dubose
McNeal & Yochim, P.L., a North Florida law firm operating out of Gainesville, Florida, for nearly four years, is dissolving. The firm was formed in January 2013 by Kelly R. McNeal and Karen S. Yochim, both graduates of the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida. McNeal has formed her own firm, McNeal Legal, L.L.C., as a sole proprietor, while Yochim has joined Alba and Dubose, P.A..
“For one thing we will have a 100% focus on my cases,” McNeal said of the change, which will result in her keeping the old firm’s staff. “We work great together and look forward to this new endeavor.”
McNeal said the new firm will focus on expanding coverage of Civil Litigation and Family Law in the next few years as changing demographic and societal norms force the legal system to adapt to changing times.
McNeal points to the growing need for family law attorneys with experience handling lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients and legal issues. “It’s the most up and coming area of family law now,” she said, noting it will only grow “as the law catches up with reality and differing family forms.”
McNeal said she has seen the need growing in her own practice, and intends to make it a major focus of the new firm. “They (LGBT) have always had the responsibilities (of raising and caring for families), but they’re just now getting the rights.” She sees this area of the law expanding “a LOT once the law realizes people have the right to parent, or get married, and all the issues attached to that.“
McNeal also plans to focus more on her continuing civil and appeals practice, representing individuals and businesses involved in legal disputes. McNeal has represented both private and commercial clients in a variety of civil litigation disputes, including contract, landlord/tenant, construction, small claims, real estate, and business cases.
McNeal said the ultimate goal is to always provide each client “aggressive, efficient, cost effective representation,” be it in negotiations, trial, or on appeal.
For more information about this release, contact McNeal Legal, L.L.C. at (352) 283-8151, or visit our website at http://mcneallegal.com