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Neal Walters

New Jersey

Neal Walters is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Product Liability and Mass Tort and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Manufacturing and Retail Industry Groups. Neal has a versatile trial and litigation practice focused on protecting product companies against a broad range of risks. As counsel for several consumer product manufacturers, he has defended and coordinated product liability and consumer claims, including substantial class action litigation, in jurisdictions across the country, with an emphasis on the state and federal courts of New Jersey.

Neal also counsels companies on contractual, regulatory, and liability issues arising in the development, sale, and servicing of products. Mr. Walters’ handling of product liability matters often results in him managing substantial commercial matters for those same clients, including litigation involving UCC supply chain, non-conforming goods, as well as counseling companies on product warnings and instruction manuals and training on litigation sensitivity.


Representative Matters

  • Currently defending a prominent domestic distributor of motor vehicles and its foreign parent company in six separate class actions alleging consumer fraud and warranty theories.
  • Counseled leading global amusement ride manufacturer in response to formal government investigation of catastrophic Chinese roller-coaster incident.
  • Regularly counsels numerous middle-market product manufacturing companies on B2B and consumer-facing disputes arising from alleged commercial product nonconformities; advice and drafting of appropriate ANSI-compliant warning labels; UL regulation compliance; drafting and consolidation of warranties involving numerous product lines; due diligence supporting corporate acquisitions; responses to CLRA and Proposition 65 demand letters; and related risk management and litigation sensitivity training.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Neal served as a part of a team that successfully pursued litigation, regulatory, and legislative action on behalf of an Indian tribe to secure Historic Preservation protection for a 10,000-year-old archaeological site in Northern New Jersey.

Professional Activities

Rutgers School of Law-Camden, former Adjunct Professor, Pretrial Advocacy and Electronic Discovery

Defense Research Institute

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, litigation: product liability (New Jersey ranking, 2012-2023; national ranking, 2009-2013)

The Legal 500 US, Product liability and mass tort defense – automotive/transport, 2015-2023

Recipient, New Jersey Law Journal "40 Under 40" award, 2007

Recipient, 2003 Conservation Award, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, for his team's pro bono efforts in successfully pursuing an injunction to preserve a site of archaeological significance on behalf of the Lenni-Lenape Indians

Speaking Engagements

“Strategic Considerations in the Settlement of Consumer Class Actions,” ABA TIPS Automotive Product Liability Conference, April 2023

Moderator and Panelist, “Tread Lightly: Toward Greater CPSC Scrutiny Affecting Your Business,” CLE Webinar, June 16, 2021

"The Risk Profile of An Evolving Transportation Model," ACI's Automotive Product Liability Conference, Chicago, July 17, 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

Neal is a Trustee of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Governance Committee, of the South Jersey Food Bank. Neal was a collegiate baseball player and is an athletics enthusiast. He is an avid golfer and is actively involved in coaching a variety of youth sports for the Marlton (New Jersey) Recreation Council.



Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Newark (J.D. 1993)

Rutgers College (B.A. 1990)


New Jersey


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit