Joseph Neely '03
PARTNER, BEHR, MCCARTER, POTTER, & NEELY, PC
FORMER SPECIAL AGENT, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
MAJOR, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (RESERVE), JUDGE ADVOCATE DIVISION
Industry – CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
EDUCATION – JD, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN; BSBA, FINANCE AND BANKING, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
Describe what you're working on and/or what you're most proud to have accomplished.
My law practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation. My firm won a verdict on behalf of some severely injured clients for $29 million.
You know we have to ask it. Do you have a favorite SLUH memory or teacher?
My favorite SLUH memory is probably just having the opportunity to play football with my friends.
Think back to senior year. Was this the job you dreamed of? If not, then what?
I had always planned to go to law school when I was still at SLUH.
Who or what inspired you to pursue your field of interest?
Being a lawyer gives you the access and opportunity to do a lot of good things for people.
What does the future of your industry look like? What else would you like to accomplish?
I'd like to help build our law firm with great people who do great work.
How are you acting as a Man for Others in your current role?
I volunteer with several veterans' interests groups and represent veterans pro bono as well.
What advice would you give to current students?
You don't have to have it all figured out by the time you leave high school.