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Emory Law students perfect the art of the deal

Executive Director Sue Payne seeks to make courses across the school more experiential.

Tom McNeill  graduated from Emory Law in 1977 having received a tremendous education; a successful legal practice spanning more than 35 years and multiple listings in “The Best Lawyers in America” (including in 2014 and 2015) are more than proof of that. He’s proud of his education and gives back to Emory in many ways. He also has served his alma mater as a past member of the Board of Visitors and the Emory Law Advisory Board, to name just two of the many volunteer positions.

Today, McNeill is an expert in many aspects of transactional law: corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities, and the like. But that wasn’t always the case. when McNeill first began practicing law, he would be the first to admit he wasn’t fully prepared.   

“I spent the first five or six years of my law practice learning how transactions really operated,” McNeill says. “I was learning on the job.”

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