Neal Connors


Federal Criminal Trial and Immigration Law Attorney for Southern Illinois  

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1989, Neal established a reputation as a competent and aggressive trial attorney as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps in North Carolina and Japan.  Several of his cases have been reported in the Military Justice Reporter forming a basis for U.S. military criminal law and procedure.   After leaving active duty, Neal began working for a large St. Louis law firm which inspired his decision to form his own immigration law practice a few years later.  Fluent in French and Spanish courtesy of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, he began representing Spanish-speaking clients in southern Illinois and elsewhere.  Initially appearing before federal immigration courts in Chicago and St. Louis, the St. Louis immigration court docket was transferred to Kansas City around 2006.   

In 2011, he became a member of the Texas Bar and began representing clients in Austin and San Antonio as well.  Since that date he has appeared in immigration courts in several other jurisdictions, including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Boston, Memphis, and New Orleans. 

This year he won approval from an Immigration Court Judge in Memphis, Tennessee for a French-speaking woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, in a political asylum case.  In another recent case, he obtained approval from immigration authorities in Boston for a humanitarian transfer and release of a young man from Mexico detained since his initial arrival in the U.S.  Appearing personally before the Immigration Court in Boston, Neal successfully argued for a change of venue to the St. Louis area.

Neal has represented numerous individuals in federal criminal proceedings related to immigration and other crimes as well.  Earlier this year, Neal argued a federal drug case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that resulted in a favorable decision and ruling by the appellate court and eventual sentence reduction for his client.   

Neal has also tried numerous criminal and immigration cases before both judge and jury, including obtaining an acquittal in a drug-induced homicide prosecution in 2011.  By developing skill in private practice before state and federal courts in these areas, he has benefited diverse clients struggling to cope with a complex and punitive criminal justice system.  

While there are many qualified public and private attorneys in this region, Neal Connors is one whose name should be strongly considered when deciding upon a trial attorney for yourself or a family member. 

Contact him for your important and immediate legal needs.

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