Member Spotlight: Frank X Neuner, Jr.
Get to know LBA Member Frank X. Neuner, Jr.
Lafayette Bar Association Past President (1987-1988) Frank X Neuner, Jr. has been a dedicated member of the Lafayette Bar and the legal community for many years. Frank was born, raised and educated in Baton Rouge, but Lafayette has been his home since 1977. He is currently a Managing Partner at NeunerPate Law Firm. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Louisiana State University in 1972, and his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1976.
Frank's inspiration for becoming an attorney and practicing law may surprise you: “I was a key witness during my freshman year of college for the parents of a high school friend who was shot and killed by a lawyer. The 3 lawyers prosecuting and defending the case were some of the best in Baton Rouge, and I liked being in a courtroom.” In addition to this inspiration, Frank also credits Professor Frank Maraist and John Torian as two individuals who have inspired and mentored him. Following the theme of inspiration, Frank inspires young attorneys with this piece of advice: “Strive to be the best you can at whatever you do and continue to stretch yourself while maintaining family and friends.”
His contributions to the legal community are numerous; in 2008 Frank was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus, LSU Law School and in 2013 was awarded the Distinguished Attorney award for the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is currently the Chair of the Innocence project of New Orleans Board and President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation. Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Frank to the Board of Directors of the Legal Service Corporation, the nation's single largest provider of legal assistance grants for low-income Americans.
Frank has exhibited a strong work ethic even before he began his career as an attorney: “I threw 1000 newspapers a day my sophomore, junior and senior year of high school, and I sold dictionaries and Sesame Street Books door to door in Southern Ohio during the summer after my freshman year of college.” Even now, Frank's day is non-stop, beginning at 5:30 in the morning for a workout before getting to the office at 8:00 am. When not in the office, he enjoys fishing and travelling. “If the travelling involves fishing, all the better!” Because of his love for fishing, it makes sense that his favorite color is Marling Blue. His favorite book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande helps keep him grounded.