Robin Neace is a member of the firm’s Government Practice and Business Litigation Groups. She represents local government clients including cities, counties and special districts in both state and federal court and before administrative panels. She has litigated cases ranging from Civil Rights, to harassment and discrimination claims, handling all levels of litigation from discovery, including extensive document review, through motions for summary judgment, to settlement and trial. In addition, Robin is skilled in appellate work, and has drafted briefs considered by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Robin has defended a number of police officers and law enforcement agencies on Fourth Amendment and state law tort claims and She understands the nuances specific to litigating claims against officers and agencies sued under § 1983 for excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution. In particular, she is capable of asserting defenses, such as immunity at the state and federal levels, to limit and avoid exposure for government entities and their officials.
Robin is also experienced in litigating traditional tort claims. She has defended government officials from claims of defamation, malicious prosecution, and abuse of process, and understands the complexities of each element of these claims and their common law defenses. Robin has also defended local governments in various personal injury, property damage and nuisance suits. She has used the defenses in the Claims Against Local Government Act to secure dismissals for clients on claims ranging from premises liability to simple negligence and prosecuting contested condemnation actions for local utilities.
In addition, Robin has defended both public entities and private business on several employment claims. She has litigated numerous wrongful termination cases including cases invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Kentucky Whistleblower Act and both the Kentucky and Federal Civil Rights Acts. Robin has also provided guidance to local businesses regarding Department of Labor standards regarding overtime pay.
Robin has worked for several local governments in various capacities from a Parks and Recreation employee to a Finance Clerk. She understands the complexities and realities of making local government run efficiently and effectively. With that understanding, Robin works to provide legal advice to government agencies including cities, counties and local utilities.
Robin’s practice includes drafting contracts for vendors for various projects. She has reworked employee handbooks to comply with national and state employment regulations. Robin has also provided guidance on potential zoning changes, and guidance on complying with HUD regulations, particularly as it related to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As the daughter of an educator, Robin has a passion for education. She entered practice to help schools and their employees provide a quality and adequate education to their students. Robin works with both school districts and educators to ensure a cooperative environment between students and the school to best facilitate learning.
Robin has handled numerous types of claims against schools and their employees. She has litigated simple negligence claims against teachers and understands the challenges relating to qualified official immunity in the school setting. She has also handled more complex claims involving the education of disabled students, including those asserted under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
In addition to litigation, Robin has also helped guide school districts with implementing appropriate legally compliant procedures in local schools. She attends IEP team meetings to help resolve disputes with parents to reach a satisfying solution for all parties. Robin has drafted guidance memos for school districts regarding funding of infrastructure projects undertaken by school boards.
Robin is a Northern Kentucky native, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with honors. Robin continued her education at the University of Indiana Maurer School of Law and is currently living in Over-The-Rhine with her family.
While in law school, Robin participated in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. She also volunteered her time educating middle school students on constitutional law. Robin has a passion for animal advocacy and is a board member for United Pet Fund, an umbrella organization which coordinates corporate donations to help local rescues. She also volunteers to help pets from underprivileged neighborhoods to receive health care. Robin also volunteers with the Hamilton County Democratic Party.
Robin is barred in both Colorado and Kentucky. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc., DRI, and the National and Kentucky School Board Association Counsel of School Attorneys.