Neal was born and reared in Tyler, Texas. He earned his B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University in 1968, and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1970 from Baylor University School of Law.
While attending Texas A&M University, Neal was Head Yell Leader from 1967-1968), served on the Student Senate, and was the Adjutant General for 2nd Brigade Staff of the Corps of Cadets.
After obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1970 from Baylor University, Mr. Adams served in the United States Army as 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Adjutant’s General Corps, and was trial counsel for Headquarters Command, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, earning the Army Commendation Medal For Meritorious Service and being honorably discharged in 1972.
Mr. Adams resides in Euless, Texas, and has been practicing law in Tarrant County, Texas for more than 45 years. He is President of the law firm of Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C., located in Grapevine, Texas.
Mr. Adams has been very active in the community having served on the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School Board, the Tarrant County Hospital Board and the HEB Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Mid-Cities Rotary Club.
Mr. Adams continues to be very supportive of Texas A&M. He serves as a member and Past Chairman of Presidents Gates’, Davis’, Murano’s, Loftin’s and Hussey’s Board of Visitors for the Corps, Past Chair of the Chancellor’s Century Council, the Past Chair of the 12th Man Foundation, past Co-Agent for his class, and a past president of the Former Yell Leaders’ Association.
In 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Adams as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he served for six years and, in July 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Adams as Vice Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In October 2002 and 2007, Texas Lawyer Magazine named him as the “Go-To Lawyer” for school law in the State of Texas. Each year beginning in 2003 through 2011 and 2013 through 2017, he has been named as one of the Texas Super Lawyers in school and education law by Texas Monthly Magazine. In 2016, Mr. Adams was awarded the 2016 Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of Texas Law School Section. In February 2008, Mr. Adams was named by the Association of Former Students as a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M University and in 2010 he was inducted into the Hall of Honor, Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets.