Assistant U.S. Trustee for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division
United States Bankruptcy Court
Mr. Neal was appointed to his current position as Assistant U.S. Trustee for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division in November 2001. As the Assistant U.S. Trustee, he is responsible for running the U.S. Trusteeís Baltimore Field Office which monitors all bankruptcy cases filed in Baltimore for fraud and abuse; appoints and supervises the panel of chapter 7 trustees and the standing chapter 13 trustees; and monitors cases for compliance with the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and applicable rules. From March 2005 to October 2005, Mr. Neal was detailed to the Executive Office of U.S. Trustees in Washington, DC to help lead the U.S. Trusteeís Programís national implementation of the new credit counseling and debtor education provisions of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005. In September 2006, Mr. Neal was awarded the Attorney Generalís Distinguished Service Award for his work on the credit counseling and debtor education initiatives.
Prior to being appointed as Assistant U.S. Trustee, Mr. Neal worked as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Trusteeís Office. He was hired by the Department of Justice, U.S. Trusteeís Office in 1992 under the Attorney Generalís Honors Program. In addition to his duties as Assistant U.S. Trustee, from April 2004 to October 2004, Mr. Neal served as one of Marylandís Standing Chapter 13 Trustees where he was responsible for approximately 6,000 open cases and the disbursement of about $1.75 million per month to creditors. Mr. Neal was elected as president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland for the 2008-2009 term. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with honors in 1992.