Attorney Robert H. McNeill, Jr.
Attorney general elect, Kamala Harris taps prominent Los Angeles attorney to be a part of one of the committees of her transition team.
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor
Attorney Robert H. Mc Neill, Jr., one of the founding partners of Ivie, McNeill, & Wyatt, has been assigned by California’s attorney general-elect, Kamala Harris, to be a member of one of the committees of her transition team. According to McNeill, the focus of the committee will be to assist the new attorney general (AG) on finding ways to deal with the rampant rate of recidivism throughout the State, and also ways to implement rehabilitation efforts instead.
A former deputy city and district attorney, McNeill has been providing legal services to the community for over three decades and that experience will be complimentary to the AG’s efforts that she campaigned on: “Smart On Crime.” He is a prominent member of the legal community and is well known for his successes in the courtroom and in the community. McNeill is a champion of victim’s rights who also provides “pro bono” legal services to individuals and organizations in the community including the Brotherhood Crusade.
In accepting the challenge to become an integral part of the new AG’s team and assist in the furtherance of her goal of restructuring the criminal justice system, McNeill said, “I am proud to be a participant in this historic move to help Attorney general Kamala Harris curb the state’s chronic recidivism rate and focus on rehabilitation which in turn will ultimately be smart on crime and cost effective. I look forward to be a part of her team.”
In 2006, McNeill was named as one of California’s Top 100 lawyers by the Daily Journal; he was appointed to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and a member of the board of directors of the California Science Center, appointed by former Governor Gray Davis; in 2009, he was certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.
McNeill’s legal skills include personal injury, real estate, contracts, criminal and family law, and his firm leads a team of lawyers that offer a “supermarket” of legal services while providing stellar leadership by winning favorable verdicts, obtaining enviable settlements and giving valuable legal advice to clients, such as the Los Angeles Sentinel, Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Unified School District.
He has offered authoritative legal commentary on the Today Show, Court TV’s Catherine Crier Live, CNN’s “Larry King Show”, Fox’s “Hannity and Colmes”, and made numerous appearances on “Geraldo” during the “Trial of the Century” and on the late (Johnnie) Cochran Talk Show.
McNeill’s skills in the legal community are matched by his brothers, Fred and Ron, who are equally skillful on the gridiron, as he is in the courtroom.