Ryan McNeill

Ryan McNeill, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Law attorneyRyan McNeill is an attorney serving clients in the Triad area of North Carolina. Practice areas include elder law/Medicaid, estate planning & administration, corporate/business law, real estate law, and representing homeowner’s associations.

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When I was a kid I loved to debate with my friends and family about anything and everything.  As expected, someone finally said I should be a lawyer and that stuck with me.   My parents had a lot of influence on making sure that I stayed focused on going to law school.  Wake Forest was the perfect fit for me.

I came out of law school and had the privilege of working with Lexington attorney Robert B Smith. Jr. (“RB”).  RB, like Walt Brinkley, represented what an outstanding attorney should be.  His expansive knowledge of the law and the facts and circumstances affecting his client’s legal issues, along with his open door policy allowed me to rapidly expand my knowledge and experience in numerous areas of the law.  When RB decided to merge his firm with Brinkley Walser, I could not have been more pleased as both firms stood on the same foundation of values and principles that RB taught me were necessary to be a good lawyer.

The large volume and variety of legal issues handled by Brinkley Walser Stoner has provided me with the opportunity to experience so much more than most lawyers at the early stages of their careers have. I like working and living in a small town where you can walk down the street and know the people you pass.  I especially enjoy client contact—both meeting with clients and speaking with them on the phone about new issues.   The vast amount of experience available within the team at Brinkley Walser Stoner gives me a strong support system and most importantly allows me to feed my desire for continuous learning in all areas of the law.

My parents ingrained in me the importance of service and of loving one’s work. As a teen I earned the rank of Eagle Scout which taught me a tremendous amount about service to others. The strong community service program at Brinkley Walser Stoner is a credit to the firm and the men and women who work here. Service projects help me maintain a connection to the human side of law.  Maintaining balance between personal and professional life is important. Outside of the office, I like to spend time with my wife and our families. We enjoy lake activities and skiing.

I believe the most important values a lawyer should have are hard work, compassion and integrity. Working at Brinkley Walser Stoner allows me to be part of a team of people who feel this way.  I hope someday that the lawyers who follow behind me will look up to what I stood for as a lawyer with the same awe that I have for the practice RB Smith and the attorneys of Brinkley Walser Stoner have conducted in Davidson County. That is the type of legacy I would like to leave.


”Ryan is very committed to his chosen career. He exhibits a great deal of character when dealing with clients, the staff and in everyday life. Ryan takes the time necessary to help his clients understand their options. He brings to the table the same values and traditions our firm is known for.  Ryan is committed to Brinkley Walser Stoner and that makes him committed to the staff.”   ~ Brinkley Walser Stoner Staff