Com­mu­nity leader is cho­sen for king honor

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SUNDAY LIFE - BY HE­LEN FORD WAL­LACE So­ci­ety Edi­tor

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.

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.

[PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Jack LeDrew (Drew) Neville Jr.

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