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Neal E. Pirkle



Neal Pirkle grew up in Waco and joined the firm in September 1995 after graduating cum laude from Baylor Law School. He concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability defense, construction law, and business litigation. He has handled cases throughout Texas and has substantial experience before the four United State District Courts in Texas. He also advises governmental entities with regard to their day-to-day operations.


Outstanding Young Lawyer, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, 2006

Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, President, 2019 - 2020


Civic & Professional

Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

Bell County Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Defense Research Institute

Texas Association of Defense Counsel, District Director of District 11, 2008 – 2009, 2018 - Present

Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, Director, 2013 – 2020

Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, President, 2019 - 2020

Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Member, 1998 – Present

Woodway Family Center, Board of Directors, 1996 – 2000

Waco Crime Stoppers, Board of Directors, 1995 – 2005

Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Baylor Law School, Torts, Adjunct Professor


Maintaining Access to Texas Coastal Beaches: The Past and the Future, 46 Baylor Law Review 1093 (1994)


  • State Bar of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1995

  • cum laude

Baylor University, B.B.A., 1992

  • magna cum laude

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