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Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs
A FIRM FOUNDED ON LEGAL EXCELLENCE
IMW has served the Los Angeles area since 1943 when it was first organized by retired Superior Court Judge, Earl C. Broady, Sr. The firm became Ivie and McNeill in 1980 after Judge Charles R. Scarlett and Judge Robert L. Roberson, Jr. received their judicial appointments. Thereafter, the firm name was changed to Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 1991 and became Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs in 2019. IMW is a certified minority business enterprise.
IN TRIBUTE TO
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.
We are problem solvers and trial attorneys. IMW enjoys an excellent reputation for aggressively and efficiently litigating matters in state and federal courts. We are versatile. IMW also offers transactional, investigative and counseling services in various practice areas. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, our attorneys provide clients with comprehensive service underscored by our unmatched legal analysis and writing skills. Over our 77-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.
Clients of Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs enjoy the benefits of our “hands on” approach with each file. Each matter is supervised by a partner with the assistance of an assigned associate, law clerk and/or paralegal. Our attorneys work in multiple practice areas and frequently consult with each other to ensure our clients get 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 execute it.
IMW attorneys are motivated. To date, IMW alumni include:
Five (5) Los Angeles Superior Court judges
Five (5) past-presidents of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles (non-profit association of Black judges, attorneys and law students in Los Angeles), the last holding office in 2018
Two (2) past-presidents of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
ATMOSPHERE OF INCLUSION
IMW attorneys are dedicated to ensuring diversity in the legal pipeline. In 2018 and 2019, IMW hosted the Law Students and Young Lawyers Networking Reception with various minority bar associations such as Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Iranian Lawyers Bar Association, Black Prosecutors of Los Angeles, Langston Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association of LA, and Korean American Bar Association. The 2019 reception was organized by IMW with more than 100 diverse law students, young lawyers and veteran attorneys in attendance. This is in addition to IMW’s maintenance of its relationships with area law schools, attendance at job fair events, judging and coaching mock trial and moot court teams, mentoring and providing office tours/informational interviews requested by law students and those considering law school.
IMW attorneys have created and/or organized various diversity and inclusion events on behalf of the Langston Bar Association throughout the years including but not limited to: Young Lawyers Career Fair, Speed Mentoring & Networking Reception, Silicon Beach Technology and Entertainment Diversity Initiative (at Google, full day CLE), Langston Law Institute (full day CLE with Black faculty), CLE 101 Series on various legal topics, and more.
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.
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.