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A firm founded on legal excellence

Founded in 1943 by Earl C. Broady, Sr., Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is the largest black-owned law firm in the nation and one of Southern California’s premier full-service law firms, representing a broad range of businesses, public entities and individuals in vast array of litigation matters and transactions.

Known for our litigation prowess, our results are our stock-in-trade. We’ve secured significant wins in numerous civil matters related to banking and finance, corporate and commercial disputes, criminal defense, family law, general liability and personal injury, civil rights violations, intellectual property, entertainment, labor and employment, and real estate matters. Our attorneys also structure, analyze and negotiate deals, agreements and contracts related to intellectual property and entertainment, real estate, probate law, governance and compliance and employment policies and procedures. Our accomplishments in these practice areas have been recognized by the John M. Langston Bar Association, Super Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the California Minority Counsel Program.

With extensive knowledge and expertise, our attorneys provide clients with comprehensive service underscored by our unmatched legal analysis and writing skills. Over our 75-year history, we’ve represented plaintiffs and defendants of all kinds, giving us a rich understanding of the law and allowing us to anticipate our opponent’s strategy in every case. Our attorneys work in multiple practice areas and frequently consult with one another to ensure that every client gets the answers they need. Above all, we listen to our clients’ requests carefully and determine the best course of action to reach their desired outcome. Whatever that course of action may be, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is equipped to follow it.

2019
Firm is renamed Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs

Partners Byron Purcell and Rodney Diggs have their names added to the firm walls. The well-deserved addition reflects the continued tradition of excellence expected from a firm of this caliber.

2017
Continuing our tradition of excellence

Today, Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is made up of five Directors, four Of Counsel, nine Associates and 22 support staff. Together, we carry on the legacy of ethical, competent service that our founders began 74 years ago. This reputation precedes us before we ever enter a courtroom. Five former Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs attorneys have gone on to become Los Angeles Superior Court judges, and our firm is well-known by the arbitrators, mediators and alternative dispute resolution organizations throughout Southern California.

1991
Coming into our own

Our firm officially became Ivie McNeill & Wyatt in September 1991 when W.Keith Wyatt was named a Director, strengthening the firm’s public entity and corporate defense practice. During this time, two former attorneys, Nancy Newman and Rupert Byrdsong, were appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court. They continue to adjudicate cases today

1980
A time of change

In 1979, Robert Roberson was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court, and just a year later Charles Scarlett followed, leaving Scarlett & Roberson in a time of transition. It was at this point a new firm was born: Ivie and McNeill, Inc. Rickey Ivie and Robert McNeill led the firm into a new era, earning major courtroom victories and securing the firm’s place as one of Southern California’s best.

1965
A new chapter

The Law Offices of Earl C. Broady underwent its first significant change in 1965. After joining the firm in 1953, Charles R. Scarlett became a named partner along with Robert L. Roberson, Jr., transforming the firm into Scarlett & Roberson. They served as partners for nearly two decades.

1943
Where our story began

Our firm was established in 1943 as the Law Offices of Earl C. Broady. Founded by former Superior Court Judge Earl C. Broady, Sr., he laid the groundwork for the firm’s first decades of success.

IN TRIBUTE TO ROBERT H. MCNEILL, JR.

Robert H. McNeill

From his admission to the State Bar of California in 1979 until his death in 2016, Robert H. McNeill, Jr. was a fixture of the Los Angeles legal community. Known affectionately as “Bob,” his leadership allowed Ivie McNeill & Wyatt to become California’s largest African-American owned law firm.

Bob was a talented litigator who tried numerous jury trials during his long and outstanding career, securing major victories in personal injury, medical malpractice, business, real estate, criminal, construction defect, civil litigation and family law cases.

He was involved in some of the most significant and high-stakes litigation in California. Bob successfully defended several death penalty cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court, including one in which he obtained not guilty verdicts on all charges. He also served as co-counsel in a multi-million-dollar health care class action that changed the terms of insurance coverage for people all across California.

Bob served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. He was later appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, on which he served for more than 12 years. Throughout his career, he was appointed to numerous boards and committees, including the Los Angeles County Capital Case Fee Committee, the Board of Directors of the California Science Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.

Bob had a long history of advocating for the disenfranchised, beginning in 1961 when he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. while attending Virginia State College. He went on to earn his J.D. from Southwestern University Law School. Post-graduation, Bob was a member of the Board of Directors for his alma mater’s Alumni Association.

While he was President of Ivie McNeil & Wyatt, the firm was honored with the Minority-Owned Law Firm Client Services Award. Bob received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Southwestern University Law School’s Black Law Students Association and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement and Dedication to Society Award from Virginia State University. In 2015, he was inducted into the John M. Langston Bar Association’s Hall of Fame.

The Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt family was blessed to work with Bob for 36 years. We’re grateful for his dedication, mentorship and friendship, and we hope to continue his legacy.

diversity

CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF INCLUSION

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is the largest black-owned law firm in the nation and we are proud of our commitment to diversity. Our differing perspectives allow us to think creatively and to better understand our clients’ needs.

Our attorneys are also active members of numerous legal associations dedicated to promoting diversity in the law, including the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California, California Women Lawyers and Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers of Greater Los Angeles. Two of our firm members are former presidents of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the California Association of Black Lawyers.

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs has a close relationship with the John M. Langston Bar Association, an organization dedicated to advancing legal leadership in Los Angeles’ black community. Many members of our firm have been elected to lead the Association’s committees and serve on its Board of Directors, and four of our attorneys have served as President. In addition, Founding Partners Rickey Ivie, Robert McNeill and W. Keith Wyatt, were inducted into the John M. Langston Bar Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013, 2015, and 2018, respectively.

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs is committed to advancing the education of minority law students. Our attorneys frequently mentor law students and serve on the alumni boards of their alma maters, including the University of California, Los Angeles Black Alumni Association and the Howard University Alumni Association of Greater Los Angeles.

We place value in mentoring and encourage an environment of individual enterprise and collective growth. Above all, we believe in giving back to our community and forging a path for those who historically have not been represented in law.