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James E. Neville is considered by his clients, colleagues, and the judiciary as one of the region’s most elite trial lawyers. For over 30 years, he has devoted the entirety of his practice to high-exposure litigation.
As a co-founder of Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC, Jim has tried and won jury trials throughout Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri. His trial and appellate record, experience, and reputation have earned him an AV rating*, the highest rating awarded to lawyers and law firms by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process. He has been inducted into select organizations including Leading Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Jim is particularly honored to have been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the preeminent trial lawyer honor society in the United States and Canada.
He served as President of the Missouri-Southern Illinois Chapter of ABOTA, a national trial lawyer honor organization devoted to preserving the jury system in American civil courts. Jim chairs and presents for numerous Continuing Legal Education programs and frequently lectures to medical and legal organizations throughout the state.
Beyond his family and law firm, Jim keeps busy with his ten (soon to be eleven) grandchildren. He enjoys boating on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in his free time. Jim is a second degree Black Belt in Okinawan Karate.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Neville has extensive experience in medical malpractice cases and has successfully defended physicians at trial in cases involving death, neurologic injury (neurologically impaired newborns, birth trauma, & infection), orthopedic injuries (including amputations), gynecologic complications, surgical complications, and multiple trauma.
Has also successfully handled personal injury cases involving on the job injuries, premises liability, products liability, auto & general negligence claims.
Year of Birth: 1955
Law School: St. Louis University, J.D., 1980
Undergraduate School: St. Louis University, B.S. in Bus. & Admin., 1977
Representative Clients: AP Specialty Corporation, CNA Insurance Companies, Illinois State Medical Insurance Services, Illinois State Medical Insurance Exchange, Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange, The Doctors Company, The St. Paul Insurance Company, Allstate Insurance Company, Country Mutual Insurance Company, General American Life Insurance Company, Land-O-Sun Dairies, Inc., McBride & Sons Companies, Rockford Mutual Insurance Company, Standard Mutual Insurance, The Equitable Life Assurance Company, Transamerica Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance, U.S.F. & G., World Marine Transport, Zurich-American Insurance Group.
Employment History: Gundlach, Lee, Eggmann, Boyle & Roessler from 1980 to 1994(Associate from 1980 to 1985, Partner from 1985 to 1994); Neville, Richards, DeFranco & Wuller from 1994 to 2003;
Neville, Richards & Wuller from 2003 to present.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Co-Chairman of 1994 "Rookie Seminar" presented by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, October, 1994.
Member: St. Clair County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; The Missouri Bar; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers; Maritime Law Association; Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute; Leading Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Advisory Board; American Board of Trial Advocates. AV rated.
Community Involvement: Involved in youth sports for more than 20 years, coaching baseball, basketball and soccer. Active in Shorin-Ryu Karate (Black Belt).
Published Legal Writing:
Co-Author: The Bystander's Right Under Strict Liability Does Exist: A Call for Reform of the Restatement, 25 St. Louis University Law Journal 543, (1981).
Co-Author: 1997 Evidence Update - Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 18th Annual Seminar (September, 1997).
Co-Author: 1991 Evidence Update - Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 12th Annual Seminar (September, 1991).
Legal Lectures: Frequent lecturer on trial and risk management topics to general liability & auto insurance companies, medical liability insurance companies, physician groups, and defense & plaintiff trial lawyers.
Firm Description: Neville, Richards & Wuller is primarily a litigation firm with emphasis in civil trial and appellate work. Each attorney handles civil litigation and appeals, and participates in alternative dispute resolution techniques. The firm holds the highest rating awarded by the Martindale-Hubbard Law Directory. The firm also handles labor relations, corporate and administrative matters, and real estate transactions.
Family: Wife, Carol, is a Registered Nurse. Four children: Jared (24), Suzanne (23), Patrick (20), and Evan (14).
Additional Office Locations: 415 South Seventh Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone: (217) 788-0900
Facsimile: (217) 788-0901