Attorney Profile

Robert A. Peal

Robert A. Peal joined Neal & Harwell in 2009. His practice is concentrated on criminal defense and civil litigation, with emphasis on False Claims Act and aviation-related litigation. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee and before military courts-martial.

Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, Mr. Peal served as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years, first as an F/A-18D flight officer, followed by three years of service as a senior prosecutor. He was deployed three times and saw combat in Operation Southern Watch and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Peal is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. In 2006, he received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.


  • Combatant Status Review Tribunals and the Unique Nature of the War on Terror, 58 VAND. L. REV. 1629 (2005)

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law – Order of the Coif
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law – Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law – Academic Excellence Awards in Criminal Law, Property Law, Patent Litigation, and Corporations and Business Entities
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law – Krivchner Scholar

Professional Associations

  • U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Civic & Community Service

  • Marine Corps Reserves