J. Neale deGravelles, son of founding partner John W. deGravelles, is a graduate of University High School, in Baton Rouge. As an undergraduate, Neale attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he received a B.A. degree in history. Neale earned his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2004. While at LSU Law School, Neale was awarded the Tullis-Herget Scholarship for academic performance and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (awarded to those in the top 10% of their class).
As the third generation in his family to attend LSU Law School, Neale can truly say that the law is in his blood. While growing up, Neale witnessed his father practice, write, and teach the law. Some of Neale’s earliest and fondest memories consist of him listening to his father practice his opening arguments before a big trial. From a very early age, Neale knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and fight for injured individuals who otherwise would not have their voices heard.
After graduating from LSU Law school with honors, Neale fulfilled a lifelong dream of practicing alongside his dad for over a decade. When his father accepted an appointment as a federal judge, Neale officially took over the practice. In addition to 13 years of active trial work, Neale has written and spoken extensively on the law, particularly maritime law. Heavily involved with professional organizations advocating for injured individuals, Neale has served in leadership roles with several organizations, including acting as the Chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and as newsletter editor, Vice-Chair, and then, Chair of the Admiralty Practice Section of the American Association for Justice.
Neale is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle, Western, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, and the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Outside of the law, Neale is focused on the next generation – his three sons. Neale also enjoys music, reading, travel, hunting and the outdoors.