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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 a vast array of litigation matters and transactions.

Known for our litigation prowess, our results are our stock-in-trade. With our 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 have presented clients 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.

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 John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles, California Association of Black Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, National Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Iranian American Lawyers Association and Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. Our attorneys are former presidents of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the California Association of Black Lawyers.

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. 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.

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.