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Neal J. Kling

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Biography

Neal J. Kling, a Member of the firm, received his undergraduate degree in Business and Public Administration from Louisiana State University and his law degree from Louisiana State University Law Center where he graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. He represents clients in the areas of secured financing transactions, real estate transactions, real property and personal property leasing, maritime construction and finance and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Kling is a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys, a Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a member of Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association's and Section of Business Law, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association. In the ABA's Section of Business Law he is the Chair of the Commercial Finance Committee and serves on the Section's Membership Committee. He is a member of the Maritime Financing Committee of the Maritime Law Association. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Tulane Law School. He has been a frequent speaker at numerous American Bar Association and other meetings.

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America since 2010 with special designations, during 2020 or a prior year, in Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law, 2010-2020
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal Real Estate Directory - Leading Real Estate Lawyer, 2015
  • Chambers and Partners 2004-2010, 2012 - 2015 USA Rankings in Real Estate (Band 3) – Key Individuals: Neal Kling has a mixed business practice which includes real estate transactional, leasing and finance work. Sources praise his courteous approach, and say: “He is knowledgeable and very practical in his understanding of clients' strengths and weaknesses."
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Member
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow
  • Order of the Coif
  • Louisiana Law Review, Member
  • Louisiana State University Law Center Hall of Fame

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, The World's First Interactive Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 1995 to 1995
  • Program Chair and Moderator, The Second Annual World's Best Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 1996 to 1996
  • Speaker, Revised UCC Articles 8 and 9, First National Banker's Bank, 1996 to 1996
  • Instructor, Transactional Documentation Skills Course, Loyola University School of Law, 1996
  • Panelist, Business Plan Evaluation Program for Entrepreneurship Program, University of New Orleans, 1996 to 1999
  • Guest Lecturer, Choice of Business Entities for Entrepreneurship Program, University of New Orleans, 1996 to 1999
  • Program Chair and Moderator, The Third Annual World's Best Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 1997 to 1997
  • Program Chair and Moderator, The Fourth Annual World's Best Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 1998 to 1998
  • Program Chair and Moderator, Burning Issues: The Role of Insurance in a Real Estate Transaction, American Bar Association, 1998 to 1998
  • Program Chair and Moderator, The Sixth Annual Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 2000 to 2000
  • Instructor, Corporate Documentation Skills Course, Loyola University School of Law, 2000 to 2000
  • Program and Chair Moderator, The Seventh Annual Mortgage Financing Program, American Bar Association, 2001 to 2001
  • Program Chair and Moderator, Revised Article 9 - What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs To Know, American Bar Association, 2001 to 2001
  • Speaker, What's New in New Article Nine? An Overview of Revised Article 9 In Connection With Commercial Transactions, Loyola School of Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2001 to 2001
  • Speaker, Revised Article 9 and Its Impact on Real Estate Lending, National CLE Conference, 2002 to 2002
  • Program Chair and Moderator, Section of Business Law, Real Estate Financing Subcommittee Program, 2004 to 2007
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Vessel Documentation and Finance, Tulane Law School, 2006

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Commercial Finance Committee's Liaison to Section's Diversity Committee, 2004 to 2010
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Group Chair, 2007 to 2009
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Member, 2002 to 2008
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Standing Committee on Groups and Substantive Committees, Member, 2006 to 2008
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Study Committee and Membership, Member, 2003 to 2007
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate as Trust Law Section's Uniform Laws Committee, Co-Chair, 2002 to 2006
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate as Trust Law Section's Uniform Laws Committee, Chair, 2006 to 2008
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Member, 2000 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section, Probate and Trust Law Section's Mortgage Loan Structure and Origination Committee, Chair, 1997 to 2002
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section's Mortgage and Other Debt Financing Committee, Vice Chair, 1996 to 1997
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section's Opinions Committee, Member, 1995
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Commercial Finance Committee (Subcommittees on Loan Documentation, Maritime Financing, and Real Estate Financing), Member, 1997
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's UCC Committee (Subcommittee on Secured Transactions), Member, 1997
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Commercial Finance Committee's Real Estate Financing Subcommittee, Vice Chair, 2001 to 2004
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Commercial Finance Committee's Real Estate Financing Subcommittee, Chair, 2004 to 2007
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Commercial Finance Committee, Vice Chair, 2007
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member, Maritime Financing Committee), Proctor, 2001
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law's Membership Committee, 2010 to Present
  • Stuart Hall for Boys, Secretary of Board of Trustees (2004-2012), Chairman of the Board of Trustees; 2010 - Present Ex Office Member, 2008 to 2010
  • KNOCO, Inc. (local governing board of Knights of Columbus), Board of Directors, 1995 to 1997
  • New Orleans Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board, 1997 to 1999
  • United Way's Boards Work! Training Program (program to train individuals for service on non-profit boards of directors), Graduate
  • Knights of Columbus, Member, 1990
  • Young Leadership Council, Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Young Leadership Council, Member, 1999 to 2001

Past Positions

  • McGlinchey Stafford, A Professional Limited Liability Company, Member, 01/1999 to 01/1999
  • McGlinchey Stafford, A Professional Limited Liability Company, Associate, 08/1993 to 12/1998

Published Works

  • Ramirez v. Fairgrounds Corporation-The Harm in Holding Harmless, 52 La. Law Rev. 1061, 52, 1992
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Practice Areas

  • Secured Financing Transactions
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Property and Personal Property Leasing
  • Maritime Construction
  • Finance
  • Commercial Transactions

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: LSU Hall of Fame
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    • B.S. - 1989
    • Major: Business and Public Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1999