Neil was a founding member of the firm in 1986, where he actively practiced until his passing in December of 2007. Throughout his distinguished career, Neil was widely regarded among the bench and bar as one of the premier attorneys in Montana. In addition to honing his skills through thorough and effective service to his clients, Neil’s greatest joy in the profession was mentoring young attorneys.
Neil’s accomplishments were vast. While attending Carroll College, Neil served as student body President and Chairman of the Montana Student Body President’s Association. While at the University of Montana School of Law, he was a member of the National Moot Court Team. Following law school, Neil served as a prosecutor at the Cascade County Attorney’s Office, while affiliating with the firm that became Alexander, Kuenning, Miller, & Ugrin and later Alexander & Baucus. He also served as counsel to the Montana Attorney General and as special counsel to the Montana Supreme Court Commission on Practice. Neil was one of the principal attorneys in a nationally recognized case confirming the duty and responsibility of a lawyer to independently represent his client. Neil was active in various bar associations and in the community by serving as director and trustee of many charitable organizations.
- J.D., University of Montana School of Law, 1970
- B.A., Carroll College, 1967
- AV “Preeminent” Rating Martindale Hubbell
- American Board of Trial Advocates (Montana Chapter President, 1993)
- American College of Trial Lawyers (Montana Chairman, 1996-1997)
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers Distinguished Achievement in the Art of Advocacy Edward C. Alexander Award for Professionalism