Meet Neal

Mr. Walters maintains a general civil practice, handling litigation in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He also represents clients in non-litigation transactional matters including real estate, business transactions and estate planning.  Mr. Walters has a particular interest in appellate matters, having served in the Office of Staff Counsel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and having represented litigants in over 100 cases in the Fourth Circuit while in private practice. In addition, Mr. Walters was a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law for more than fifteen years and was the Supervising Attorney in charge of the Appellate Litigation Clinic there.

Mr. Walters handles commercial and consumer collections for clients throughout the Central Virginia area, representing hospitals and physicians practices, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.  Mr. Walters has separate staff dedicated to collection matters and utilizes an integrated collections software package that can provide clients with web-based access to account information 24/7.  In addition to handling account collection, Mr. Walters also assists clients in reviewing their documentation and office practices to improve recovery.

Mr. Walters has a family member with a disability and consults with clients regarding special needs trusts and other disability-related matters and has represented plaintiffs in litigation seeking to expand access to services for persons with disabilities. Mr. Walters is a court-certified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and frequently represents parties in guardianship litigation as well as serving as guardian and conservator for incapacitated adults. 

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Collections
  • Special Needs / Guardianship

Admitted:

  • 1990, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • 1993, U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • 1997, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Positions:

  • Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995-2013
  • Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course, 2003-2006
  • Adjunct Professor, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, 1991-1994
  • Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1990-1993
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1989-1990

Education:

  • J.D., Northeastern University, 1989
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1986
  • B.A., (with high honors), College of William and Mary, 1984

Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Creditors Bar Association
  • Virginia Guardianship Association
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association

Civic Participation:

  • Commonwealth Community Trust, 2012-present (Director)
  • Region Ten Community Services Board, 2006-2012 (Director)
  • The Arc of the Piedmont, Inc., 1997-2006 (President and Director)
  • Westminster Child Care Center, 1995-1998 (President and Director)