Neal F. Perryman focuses his law practice on labor and employment law, but he regularly practices in the areas of ERISA litigation, appellate practice, complex commercial litigation, education law, and municipal law. Neal defends employers and management in personnel-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He regularly counsels clients on compliance with federal and state employment issues and other labor-related matters, including union contract negotiations. In addition, Neal represents clients in other types of complex civil litigation matters. He has successfully tried cases for clients in several jurisdictions.

In 2008 as lead trial counsel, Neal gained one of the first defense jury verdicts in Missouri under the new lower causation standard for Missouri Human Rights Act cases. He has also successfully represented employers and ERISA plans in class actions including a recent summary judgment for an employer-sponsored plan in a cash-balance ERISA class action case. In 2014, Neal won an appeal in a Title IX case of national significance, having represented the defendant-university as lead counsel in both district court and on appeal.

Neal's commitment to continuing education is reflected in his reputation as an expert in his field. He frequently speaks on the topics of labor relations and employment law, among other topics. He contributes to various handbooks, newsletters, and journals.

As a well-respected attorney in the Firm, Neal is a member of the Firm's Management and Recruiting Committees, and he is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. His peers selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2018 and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2008 and 2010-2017. Additionally, he was among the "Top 50" St. Louis area Super Lawyers® for 2011 and 2012, receiving one of the highest scores in the selection process in each of those years. The St. Louis Business Journal named him among the "40 Under 40" Class of 2006. Neal is a fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Practice Areas


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991)
    • Southern Illinois University Law Journal, notes and comments editor
    • National Environmental Moot Court, national champions, 1990
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Order of the Barristers
  • Westminster College (B.A., 1988)
    • Political Science
  • Saint Louis University
    • Madrid, Spain
    • Undergraduate work; conversant in Spanish

Legal Background

  • Law clerk, Hon. Roger L. Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1991-1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Clair County, Illinois Bar Association
  • Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 22nd Judicial Circuit


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri; Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois; District of Kansas; Eastern District of Michigan; Northern District of Indiana; District of Colorado
  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Great Rivers Greenway District (Board of Directors, 2005-present; President, 2010-2012, 2016-present; Vice President, 2008-2010, 2014-2015; Treasurer, 2006-2007)
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Zoological Park Advisory Board (2014-present)
  • St. Louis-Nanjing Sister Cities Committee (Board, 2014-present; President, 2015-present)
  • Board of Visitors, Southern Illinois University School of Law (2004-present)
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Parish School Board (2003-2006)

Firm Committees

  • Member, Management Committee
  • Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member, Recruiting Committee
  • Member, Appellate Practice Review Committee