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Meet Our Team of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

At Stafford, Neal & Soule, S.C., our attorneys are dedicated to improving the lives of injured workers and the disabled. That dedication extends to everything we do: representing clients, advising the state on legislation and educating judges, attorneys and the general public about the law.

The three lawyers at our firm have more than 95 years of combined experience. Collectively, they have built our record and reputation as one of the most prominent workers' comp law firms in Wisconsin. To learn more, you can review our attorneys' individual profiles:

From our offices in Madison, we represent clients throughout Wisconsin. For a free consultation, call us today at 608-251-6045 or send us an email.

John D. Neal

John D. Neal

Partner

Shareholder

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Phone: 608-251-6045

Fax: 608-251-6688

JOHN D. NEAL was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in Kankakee, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland. He received a B.A. in 1969 from Boston College and an M.A. in English Literature as well as his law degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison. John was a Worker's Compensation Administrative Law Judge for the State of Wisconsin from 1973 to 1980. Since then, he has worked for his current law firm. John taught a course in Worker's Compensation Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2008 to 2015). He was the original author, and now is co-author of the State Bar of Wisconsin publication Worker's Compensation Law, a handbook used by lawyers in the field. He was accepted as a Fellow in the national College of Worker's Compensation Attorneys in 2010, and talks to groups of lawyers and others on the topic of worker's compensation law from time to time. He has been a consultant to the Labor members of the Worker's Compensation Advisory Council. His spare time is devoted to his wife Bonnie, his grandchildren, golf, carpentry and tennis.

His spare time is devoted to his wife Bonnie, his grandchildren, golf, carpentry and tennis.

Year Joined Firm

1981

Areas of Practice

100 percent workers' compensation - (injured worker only)

Litigation Percentage

100 percent of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin, 1972

U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1973

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

  • J.D. - 1973
  • Graduated with honors

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Master's degree - 1970
  • Major: English literature

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • B.A. - 1969
  • Major: English literature

Published Works

Workers’ Compensation Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin, 1978-Present

Classes/Seminars

Adjunct professor teaching course: Workers’ compensation law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008-2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

College of Worker's Compensation Lawyers Fellow, 2010-present

Wisconsin Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, 2002-present

Past Employment Positions

Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division, administrative law judge, 1973-1980

Pro Bono Activities

Legal advisor to Labor Members of Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, 1995-present

Charles M. Soule

Charles M. Soule

Shareholder

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Phone: 608-251-6045

Fax: 608-251-6688

CHARLES M. SOULE was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Chuck is a partner at Stafford, Neal & Soule, located in Madison. He handles both Worker’s compensation and social security disability claims, but the majority of his practice is representing injured Worker’s. He graduated cum laude in 1985 from Ripon College with majors in business management and economics. At Ripon, he played on the basketball team and was team captain. Prior to law school, he was employed with Allstate Insurance Company. He graduated magna cum laude in 1992 from Marquette University Law School. In 2000, he was named Worker’s compensation litigator of the year for Royal & Sun Alliance insurance company. Chuck has the highest peer review rating for both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale Hubbell. In 2017, Chuck received the distinguished Lawyer Designation from the Expert Network, which is only conferred upon the Top 3% of Lawyers in North America. He is a frequent speaker on Worker’s compensation law at legal and medical seminars. He also recently began mediating workers’comp claims. Chuck and his wife, Nancy, have two children.

His outside activities include his family, riding his road bike, NASCAR and enjoying the outdoors-hunting and fishing.

Areas of Practice

90 percent representing injured workers

10 percent representing claimants before the Social Security Administration

Litigation Percentage

100 percent of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin, 1992

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992

Education

Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • J.D. magna cum laude

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin

  • B.A. cum laude
  • Major: Economics

Classes/Seminars

Speaker for various seminars, State Bar of Wisconsin, WAWCA, PESI

Professional Associations and Memberships

Wisconsin Association of Worker's Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA), board member for District 7, 2007-present