Neal L. O’Toole was born in New Rochelle, New York, where he was
raised until 1978 when he enrolled at Loyola University in New Orleans,
Louisiana. In 1982, he graduated cum laude from Loyola University with
a degree in both Political Science and Psychology. He immediately enrolled
at the Tulane School of Law, and in 1985 Mr. O’Toole obtained his
law degree. Upon graduation, Mr. O’Toole practiced law in New Orleans
until 1988 when he relocated to the state of Florida and joined a law
firm in Bartow, Florida specializing in civil litigation. In 1992, he
became a shareholder in the firm which was then known as Frost & O’Toole, P.A.
Mr. O’Toole is an AV Rated lawyer, the highest rating established
by Martindale Hubbell, the agency which provides attorneys’ ratings
throughout the United States. He is board certified by The Florida Bar
as both a Civil Trial Lawyer and in Business Litigation. This distinction
is held by less than two percent (2%) of lawyers within the state of Florida.
Mr. O’Toole is also Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA); and is an Associate member of
the American Board of Trial Advocates; certified as a mediator by the
Florida Supreme Court; and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional
Mediators, Inc. Mr. O’Toole is a founding member of the Central
Florida Mediation Group.
Mr. O’Toole is the past President of the Willson American Inn of
Court, an invitation only group of judges and lawyers dedicated to returning
civility to the practice of law. He is a member of the Board of Directors
of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association and a former member of the
Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. Mr.
O’Toole is a former chairman and an annual lecturer at the Florida
Board Certification Review Course. He is a member of the Million Dollar
Advocates Forum, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American
Association for Justice, as well as a member with Eagle status in the
Florida Justice Association.
Mr. O’Toole is admitted to practice law in Florida, Louisiana, and
the District of Columbia as well as before the United States District
Courts and the Courts of Appeal within these states.