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John P. McNeil


John P. McNeil

Attorney and Mediator

John P. McNeil is the founder of McNeil Law Firm, PLLC. Mr. McNeil has considerable experience in litigation, non-litigation and mediation surrounding all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, post-separation support, equitable distribution, alienation of affection, domestic violence, property distribution, and other complex legal matters.

John is a Certified Mediator for Family Financial Settlements and accepts party selected designations as mediator as well as accepting court-appointed designations in certain counties in North Carolina.


Mr. McNeil is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001. Prior to attending law school, John attended East Carolina University and North Carolina State University before finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a B.A. in Political Science. At Wake Forest University School of Law, John was a member of the Student Bar Association, was Vice-Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, participated in Moot Court, and was the Assistant-Editor of the WFU Law School newspaper.

Since finishing law school, John’s career has included helping clients through the financial and emotional impact of their divorces, working as an associate in complex civil litigation cases, and defending clients in criminal and traffic matters. He regularly attends Continuing Legal Education courses in order to better serve his clients. John is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Attorneys, 10th Judicial District Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

John prefers to help his clients resolve life’s issues and legal matters through good decision-making and compromise rather than by taking their personal matters into the courtroom. He is compassionate, fair-minded, and easy to get along with, but when the situation calls for decisive action he will do what it takes to stand up for what is right. Mr. McNeil focuses his experience, determination, and intelligence on serving and protecting the clients of McNeil Law Firm during what can be some of life’s most difficult challenges.

Personal Life and Military Career

As an “Army Brat,” John had the opportunity to live and travel throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. John joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986, volunteered to be a Scout in the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Mr. McNeil received numerous service awards and medals, achieving the rank of Sergeant and led Marines in the Panama Invasion, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He has traveled to five continents and throughout the Mediterranean, traversed the Suez Canal, and trekked through the Arctic Circle. Still a dedicated veteran, John has been active in supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Rolling Thunder©. John spends his spare time with his family, his children and grandchildren and traveling around the country on his motorcycle.

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Claudia is the best! Love this woman. She made my life better not just legally but also by being my friend. Thank you so much for being you.

Joseph Collins

My primary choice for recommendation on Family Law and Mediation. I have known them for years and they are one of the key places that understands and is effective with Father issues. I learned about them when I was helping with the Raleigh Men's Center years ago. I would also recommend them to a woman and Mother as well. Thanks for doing such a good job with the clients I have recommended to you they always come back and thank me.

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Katherine Fisher

Claudia is an amazing attorney....but she is much more than just an attorney. She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate and loving lady. And best of all, a Friend.

Penny Lee Winfree 

John McNeil and the attorneys who work with him are absolutely awesome. John has mediated many extremely difficult, complex divorce cases for my clients and me, and every single time, we have reached a settlement. He is very knowledgeable and has the right temperament to persuade and explain things to people while also making them feel heard. His staff are also professional, kind, and efficient. I will continue to use John McNeil as a mediator in my family law cases and highly recommend him!

Judy Tseng



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McNeil Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill including Apex – Cary – Fuquay-Varina – Garner – Holly Springs – Knightdale – Morrisville – Raleigh – Rolesville – Wake Forest – Wendell – Zebulon and surrounding areas.

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