Born in Monroe, Mark graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1993 and later earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1996.
Upon completing his legal education, Mark returned home to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts and Bernstein, LLP. After 9 years as a full partner, he left in 2011 to create Neal Law Firm.
Mark's professional affiliations have included Fred Fudikar & American Inns of Court, American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and Louisiana Claims Association (former board member). He is an active member of Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC) and is serving a second term on the organization's board of directors. He frequently speaks and presents at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the organization and serves as a faculty member for the LADC Trial Academy held annually in New Orleans.
He is a Director for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, presiding as Southwest Region Director for Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He is also a member of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.
Mark is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. A trial attorney, Mark's primary areas of practice include civil litigation, including insurance defense, auto and trucking accident defense, insurance coverage, workers' compensation, legal malpractice and disciplinary defense, employment litigation, business litigation, creditor's rights and insurance subrogation. He has tried over 160 jury and non-jury cases to judgment (first chair) in both state and federal courts throughout Louisiana. He has argued in excess of 40 cases to the various courts of appeal and is credited with as many reported appellate decisions.
Mark was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Louisiana Board of Ethics. Mark is a former University of Louisiana-Monroe Trustee and past president of the University's Athletic Foundation, serving as the latter Foundation's attorney. He is also a Monroe Youth Baseball Association board member and coach as well as an active member of Optimist International. He likewise serves on the Monroe Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. Married to Rhonda Wray Neal, he is the proud father of two young, active boys (and baseball players): Noah (11) and Nathan (7).