F&P Spotlight on Principal Neal Adkins, Jr.

What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
My practice area is Workers’ Compensation, and I often feel like it chose me. Although the collegial nature of the practice and the smaller community in Maryland that make up the practice area keep me interested, engaged, and happy to stay in this corner of the law.

What is your favorite aspect of working with your clients?
Meeting new people is always exciting, but continuing the lasting relationships I’ve made over the past ten years is very rewarding. I especially enjoy the educational aspect of client interactions where I am able to facilitate forward-thinking actions at the employer level.

What is your favorite aspect of working at F&P?
Without a doubt, the people. F & P has always been able to point to their employees as hard workers who strive to do their best in all facets of representing our clients; but the reality is that the individuals who work here aren’t just good employees, they are very much great people. Coming to work is a lot more enjoyable when there is an environment of respect and cooperation.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Being a husband and dad.

Tell us something about you that few of your colleagues and clients would know.
I worked two summers in college as a garbage man, tossing trash and riding in the back of a truck with a 4:00 a.m. start to the workday. Few things provide the perspective necessary to remind you that even contentious settlement discussions aren’t that bad compared to the memory of the smell of the dump on a hot, humid morning in the summer – from the back of a garbage truck.

Have you read any good books or seen any good movies you recommend?
The Count of Monte Cristo, which is kind of cheating. I try to re-read it every few years and just finished it again in February. Great story, everyone should read.

Do you have any bizarre talents?
I can whistle and hum at the same time. Incredibly annoying for those who are listening.

What was the best news you ever received?
That’s an impossible question. I’ve been so lucky to have so many great things in my life, so there’s not enough room for me to name them all. If I’m answering for the best news I’ve received most recently, it’s definitely the call I received to say I’d been made a principal here at F&P.

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