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Jack LeDrew (Drew) Neville jr. [PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, The Oklahoman]

Jack LeDrew (Drew) Neville jr. [PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, The Oklahoman]

Jack LeDrew (Drew) Neville Jr. reigned as the 2018 King of the Beaux Arts Ball last weekend at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. He presided over the court, which included 19 debutantes, 18 escorts and two pages, plus a room filled with family, friends, former kings and ballgoers. He wore full evening dress tails with the traditional Beaux Arts Sash.

Neville, a trial lawyer, has tried cases nationwide and is director of the law firm Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville. He's an author, an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University Law School and is a faculty member at Harvard Law School as a teacher and lecturer.

He works tirelessly in the community and, as his partner and confidante of 22 years Susan Parker says, “He likes to help people who need help.” And as he himself noted, “that is the real mission of the practice of law, to be of service to people.”

Many of his former clients remain his close friends and the stories he tells about some of them reflect Neville's love of people and problem solving.

Neville has two sons, Ted Neville, an amateur golfer in Arizona, and John Neville, a graduate student at Oklahoma City University.

Neville's hobbies include golf and reading. “He's a voracious reader,” Parker noted.

He has a degree in business administration and a Juris Doctorate Degree, both from the University of Oklahoma. He served as a Second Lt., Signal Corp, in the United States Army and has had several professional honors and recognitions during his career.

Community involvement includes being a past member of the Civil Justice Reform Committee and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and serving on numerous boards of directors.

Several of Neville's remarkable recognitions include Fellow of the American College of Trail Lawyers; Master, Past President, Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court; Past President, Federal Bar Association; listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” by Martindale-Hubbell (2013-14-15 Lawyer of the Year). He also was listed on the Oklahoma Super Lawyers Top Ten (#1 in the state for 12 years and still in the top 10.)

His many community activities include co-chairman of the capital campaign committee and board of directors of North OKC, head coach of the “Hotshots” soccer team for under 8 -12 for 12 seasons; past member of the Civil Justice Reform Committee, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce; Children's Medical Research Institute past president and board of directors (he has just returned to the Children's Hospital Foundation board). He has been on board of the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, won the 2006 Pink Tie Guy Award, and was a committee member of the “Growing Forward Campaign” for Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Born in Oklahoma City, Neville lived in Florida and moved to Tulsa in 1962, attended college and law school, and then went to Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant in the Senate for Henry Bellmon. He also worked in the U.S. Attorney's office. He returned to Oklahoma in 1976 to establish his own law firm and has been a trial practice lawyer in commercial and business litigation ever since. His list of participation in notable cases is significant and reflects “who's who” in litigation. His publications, lectures and seminars are numerous.

He is a member of the Oklahoma Heritage Association, Oklahoma Historical Society and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a trustee of the Historical Society of the Western District of Oklahoma.

Listed on his nonlegal publication list is the book “Jack's 45th,” the story of the training and operations of the 45th Infantry Division in World War II and Neville's parents, Jack and Leota Neville.

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