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Missouri, Butler, Neale & Newman, L.l.p.

Missouri, Butler, Neale & Newman, L.l.p.

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The firm is currently comprised of thirteen partners and four associates, with three additional lawyers serving of counsel. The firm also employs a professional staff including a Certified Legal Manager, Certified Legal Assistants and Certified Professional Legal Secretaries. Neale & Newman, L.L.P. had its beginnings in 1903, when Ben Neale and Charles Newman formed a law partnership in Greenfield, Missouri. Mr. Neale had graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1902, at a time when most lawyers only "read law" in a lawyer's office rather than attend law school. Mr. Newman did, in fact, get his legal education by reading law in the office of an old-time Greenfield attorney, Mace Talbut. Mr. Newman received his license to practice law in 1903 after being approved by local lawyers following a public oral examination on the first night of the fall term of court. There was no written bar examination in those days. In 1923, Mr. Newman accepted a position as a valuation attorney with the Frisco Railroad, but he left two years later to rejoin Mr. Neale, who meanwhile had opened a Springfield office, which was moved from the Landers Building to the Woodruff Building in 1925. They continued to maintain a Greenfield office, however, and until World War II one of them went to Greenfield at least once a week. Mr. Neale's son, Harry G. Neale, who had graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1931, and Flavius B. Freeman, who had graduated in 1935, became associated with the firm on January 1, 1936. Harry G. Neale brought strong real estate law experience to the firm from three years of work as regional attorney for the federal government's Home Owners Loan Corporation, which made many loans during the Great Depression. Later, in 1940, the firm became Neale, Newman, Neale & Freeman. Mr. Freeman retired in 1986 and died in 1995. On January 1, 1951, Jean Paul Bradshaw joined the firm. Mr. Bradshaw, a 1929 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, had been a State Highway Commission attorney for six years and later built a successful private practice in Lebanon, Missouri. The firm name was changed upon his arrival to Neale, Newman, Bradshaw, Freeman & Neale. Mr. Bradshaw passed away in 1970. Mr. Bradshaw's son, Paul L. Bradshaw, joined the office in 1956 after serving two years as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. He became one of the premier attorneys in Southwest Missouri, a highly respected State Senator, and was partner with the firm when he died in 1986. Following the deaths of Mr. Neale in 1966 and Mr. Newman in 1968, Harry G. Neale retired from practice to become president of Safety Federal Savings & Loan in Springfield. At that time the firm became known as Neale, Newman, Bradshaw & Freeman. During the years, members of the firm have devoted a substantial amount of time to politics, bar association work, and civic and educational activities. Ben M. Neale was chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Mr. Neale, Mr. Newman, and Mr. Freeman were all Greene County Democratic chairmen, and each of them was also president of the Greene County Bar Association. Jean Paul Bradshaw was the Republican nominee for governor of Missouri in 1944, prior to joining the firm, and was that party's nominee for the United States Senate in 1964. Paul L. Bradshaw, his son, was Greene County Republican chairman from 1965 to 1970. He served in the Missouri Senate from 1971 until 1984, the last six years as Republican leader. He was also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. His son, Jean Paul Bradshaw II, who joined the firm in 1981, was also active in politics. After becoming partner, he left the firm in 1989 to accept appointment by President Bush as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Freeman was a member and chairman of the Missouri Bar Trustees and a former trustee and chairman of the University of Missouri Law School Foundation. He was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 1973 and received the Missouri Bar President's Award in 1981. Neale & Newman, L.L.P. is one of only a few law firms in the United States whose contribution qualifies it for top recognition as a Founder of the American Bar Association's Second Century Fund campaign to raise $8 million to provide support for the ABA Fund for Public Education and the American Bar Foundation. After maintaining its offices in the Woodruff Building for more than 55 years - and almost 80 years after Neale & Newman was formed in Greeenfield - the firm moved to its present offices in One Corporate Center in July, 1981. Effective January 1, 1997, Neale, Newman, Bradshaw and Freeman changed its name to Neale & Newman, L.L.P. Its practice has been considered to be distinguished, and has included the practice of virtually all areas of the law. The firm has been honored to serve as counsel to both individuals, and major corporations, including general counsel for Ozark Air Lines and special counsel for Trans World Airlines and AeroMexico.

1949 E. Sunshine St. Ste 1-130, Springfield, MO 65804-0327

Fax: (417) 882-2529

Telephone: (417) 841-4600

Missouri, Butler


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