D. John Neese, Jr.


John Neese is a 24-year civil trial lawyer who has successfully tried a broad range of lawsuits in state and federal courtrooms throughout the country.

John is a native Houstonian and a 7th generation Texan. After graduating from the Episcopal High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with honors, from the University of Houston. Prior to entering law school, John gained valuable “real world” experience as a small business owner.

John then went on to the University of Houston Law Center where he was honored for his top grades. He was the Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the Houston Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barons. Ultimately, John graduated 3rd in his class of 357 students with summa cum laude honors.

John then began his career with the large downtown law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he tried cases involving issues of commercial, construction, personal injury and real estate law. After four years, however, John left V&E so that he could represent businesses and individuals on a contingent fee basis – a practice large law firms typically do not allow. After leaving V&E, John eventually formed his own law firm. In 2012, John joined forces with Andrew Meade to create Meade & Neese LLP which became Meade Neese & Barr LLP when John Barr joined the firm as a partner.

John and Meade Neese & Barr LLP handle a wide variety of complex civil litigation cases, including business, intellectual property/patent and tort lawsuits. The firm represents businesses and individuals under hourly, contingent, and mixed fee arrangements.


  • University of Houston Law Center – JD, summa cum laude, 1997
  • University of Houston – BS, Economics, cum laude, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated 3rd in law school class of 357 students
  • Chief Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barons
  • Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for the Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Ranked “10.0 – Superb” by Avvo
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters – 2007-2008
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters – 2011-2021