Julien X. Neals
A 1986 graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, cum laude, he earned his B.A. in Communications. In 1991, he received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, also in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Neals began his legal career in 1991 as a law clerk for the Honorable Seymour Margulies, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, Civil Division. After completing his clerkship, Mr. Neals joined the Law Firm of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, in Secaucus, New Jersey, where he later became partner. During his 14-year career at the firm, his practice focused on civil rights, criminal and governmental litigation, commercial litigation, municipal litigation, corporate and employment discrimination, copyright and trademark, in both State and Federal Court.
From 2010-Present, he serves as the Business Administrator for the City of Newark. In his role as Business Administrator, he is responsible for the preparation of the City's Budget and oversees the City's day-to-day operations and its ten municipal departments.
From 2008-2010, he served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark. In his role as Corporation Counsel, he managed and oversaw the City's Department of Law and its staff of approximately 45 full time attorneys who practice in the following sections: Contracts & Legislation, Labor, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Tax Appeals & Tax Abatements, Workers' Compensation and Municipal Prosecutors' Office, and 30 support staff.
From 2006-2008, he served as Chief Judge of the Newark Municipal Court. In his role as Chief Judge, he oversaw 11 full-time judges, all day-to-day Court operations and over 100 support staff. During his sixteen-month tenure as head of the state's largest and busiest municipal court, he worked to improve customer service, reduce the Court's case backlog, and developed a "Community Court" program, which when completed, will unify the Court with public and private agencies to address defendants' issues in a holistic manner.
His professional affiliations include The Association of the Federal Bar, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, the Hudson County Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Inns of Court-Hudson Inn. He is a member of the Bars of New Jersey, Supreme Court of New Jersey, United States District Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His present and former board memberships include the Supreme Court Model Jury Charge Committee, Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Supreme Court of New Jersey District VI Ethics Committee, the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe), New Jersey
Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP), and Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.
He resides in Essex County with his wife Lauren Jones-Neals and his son Julien K. Neals.