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Joseph T. Neely Joins Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C


Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. welcomes Joe Neely to the firm! Joe is an experienced trial lawyer looking forward to his return to the courtroom.   Prior to joining BMP, Joe worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent focusing primarily on counterterrorism. His work for the FBI covered a variety of cases from weapons of mass destruction and bank robberies to domestic and international terrorism.

Prior to working for the FBI, Joe served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate. Serving as a criminal defense attorney and subsequently as a prosecutor, Joe defended 92 cases and prosecuted 40 cases at the federal felony and misdemeanor level as lead counsel.  In 2016 Joe was awarded the ABA’s Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award for the Marine Corps. Joe is currently serving as a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. 


Joe received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 2009, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri in 2006 with a B.S.B.A. with emphases in finance and banking and real estate finance. Joe was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois and attended St. Louis University High School.

Joe is expected to add great depth in the areas of Federal Civil Rights Litigation, Complex Class Action Litigation and Federal and State Law Employment Discrimination Litigation. Joe and his wife, Maria, and their daughter, Penelope, are in the process of moving back home from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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