Gabriel H. Neibergall returned to his hometown of Springfield and joined Sorling Northrup in 2016 after practicing in Florida’s Tampa Bay region for almost four years. He concentrates his practice in the areas of local government law, civil litigation, and criminal defense.
While in Florida, Mr. Neibergall worked at the law firm of Whittel & Melton, where he litigated personal injury cases—including auto accidents, slip and falls, and negligent security—and other torts, such as the defamation of a public official. Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Neibergall was an Assistant Public Defender in Clearwater and New Port Richey, Florida. While managing an extremely large caseload of misdemeanors and felonies ranging from D.U.I. to Murder, he conducted 24 trials (as either first or second chair) in addition to countless motions and evidentiary hearings. For his efforts on behalf of the office’s clients, Mr. Neibergall was recognized as Pinellas County’s “Attorney of the Year” for 2013.
During law school, Mr. Neibergall spearheaded his college’s involvement in reforming Florida’s criminal justice system to avoid wrongful convictions. In 2010, he was invited to work with the Florida Supreme Court’s Innocence Commission to study instances of post-conviction exoneration, including death-penalty cases where clients spent years on death row before proving their innocence. For that Commission, he coordinated his school’s research into the causes of false confessions. Prior to graduating, Mr. Neibergall also successfully wrote-on to the Stetson Law Review, and practiced municipal law with the City of St. Petersburg through Stetson’s Local Government Clinic.
Before law school, Mr. Neibergall worked in law enforcement at the Sacramento Police Department. He was voted “Most Inspirational Recruit” in 2006 after completing his training at the Sacramento Police Academy.