Neal Kirkpatrick was admitted to the bar in March, 1974. He began his practice in the service of his country, as a Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), United States Army. He served as lead counsel as a prosecutor and defense counsel in more than a hundred cases at Fort Benning, Georgia, Taegu, Korea, and the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Returning to his home state of Arkansas in 1979, Mr. Kirkpatrick served as an Assistant Attorney General in Little Rock, where he presented cases in the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Federal District Court, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and assisted in writing briefs in the United States Supreme Court.
In November, 1979, Mr. Kirkpatrick accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in Fort Smith. From February 1981 until June, 1990, Mr. Kirkpatrick maintained a general civil and criminal law practice in Fort Smith.
Beginning in June, 1990, Mr. Kirkpatrick was offered a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tulsa. In that position, Mr. Kirkpatrick prosecuted scores of cases in the Federal District Court, briefed and argued many cases in the United States Courts of Appeals. He also represented the United States in a number of civil actions, including discrimination claims, immigration appeals, and Federal tort claims. He retired from that position in March, 2009.
In addition, Mr. Kirkpatrick continued to represent his country in uniform. After serving in the Army Reserve for several years, Mr. Kirkpatrick was commissioned as an Air Force JAG in the Arkansas Air National Guard. He retired from the US Air Force and Arkansas Air National Guard in March, 2007, as a Lieutenant Colonel, with 27 years of service.