Fellow judges, attorneys and Johnson County employees joined proud family members on Friday in the Guinn Justice Center’s 18th District Courtroom as District Judge John Neill swore in his son, Matthew J. Neill.
Burleson resident Matthew Neill recently passed the Texas bar exam. He earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Neill earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University before attending law school.
Judge Neill beamed with pride after the short ceremony and said he is honored to have been able to swear his son into the practice of law.
“Usually they go down to Austin to be sworn in,” Neill said. “But Matthew asked me to do it and I was more than happy to be able to do it here in Johnson County.”
The choice of who he wanted to swear him in was obvious, Matthew Neill said.
“Definitely he did,” Neill said when asked if his father was an influence in his decision to pursue a legal career. “That’s why it’s an honor to be here today and have my dad swear me in.”
Neill recently joined the litigation department of Cantey & Hanger in Fort Worth, one of Tarrant County’s oldest and largest law firms.