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Fred Leonard Neff

Fred Leonard Neff, American lawyer. Bar: Minnesota 1976, North Dakota 1994, United States District Court Minnesota 1977, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1985, United States Supreme Court 1985, Wisconsin 1986, United States District Court (eastern and western districts) Wisconsin 1992.


  • Neff, Fred Leonard was born on November 1, 1948 in St. Paul. Son of Elliott Ira and Mollie (Poboisk) Neff.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with high distinction, University Minnesota, 1970. Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College Law, 1976.


    • Teacher Hopkins Public Schools, Minnesota, 1970-1972. Instructor University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1974-1976. Private practice, 1976-1979.

      Assistant county attorney Sibley County, Gaylord, 1979-1980. Managing attorney Hyatt Legal Services, St. Paul, 1981-1983, regional partner, 1983-1985, professional development partner, 1985-1986. President Neff Law Firm, PA, Minneapolis, since 1986.

      Chief Executive Officer Professional Development Institute Inc., Edina, since 1994, also board directors. Instructor Inver Hills College, 1973-1977. Counsel American Tool Supply Company, St. Paul, 1976-1978.

      Consultant National Detective Agency, Inc., St. Paul, 1980-1983. Chief Executive Officer A Basic Legal Service, Bloomington, since 1990. Chief Executive Officer, board directors Professional Development Institute, Inc., Edina, Minnesota, since 1994.

      Lecturer, guest instructor University Wisconsin, River Falls, 1976-1977. Special instructor Hamline University, St. Paul, 1977. Visiting lecturer College St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, 1977.

      Program. faculty, consultant Employment Law Seminar for Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, Employment and Labor Law Seminar for Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina Safety and Health at the Workplace, South Carolina Labor Law, Ohio Safety at the Workplace. Board directors Acceptance Insurance Holdings, Inc., Omaha. Active International Confederation Jurists, 1993.

      Member faculty seminary Arizona Safety at Workplace, Hawaii Employment & Labor, Mississippi Employment & Labor Law, Delaware Employment & Labor, Alaska Employment and Labor Law, Georgia Employment & Labor Law, New Jersey Employment & Labor, Washington Employment Law, Massachusetts Employment & Labor Law, since 1995, Arkansas Employment and Labor Law, Missouri Employment and Labor Law, Iowa Employment and Labor Law, Utah Employment and Labor Law. President Martial Arts Bookstore International, Inc., 1998. President Endless Fist Society, Inc., 1998.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Minnesota 1976, North Dakota 1994, United States District Court Minnesota 1977, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1985, United States Supreme Court 1985, Wisconsin 1986, United States District Court (eastern and western districts) Wisconsin 1992.


    • Lessons From The Fighting Commandos
    • This book introduces a dynamic fighting techniques used by ninja, samurai warriors and western combat commando's for use in practical self-defense.


    Advisor to board Sibley County Commissioners, 1979-1980. Speaker civic groups, 1976-1982. Member Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Panel, 1980-1982, Hennepin County (Minnesota) Public Defense Conflict Panel, 1980-1982, 86—, Hennepin County Bar Association Advice Panel Law Day, 1987, member district ethics committee, 1990-2004.

    Member Panel Union Privilege Legal Services division American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, since 1986, Signature Legal Services, 2003^, Montgomery Wards Legal Services Panel, since 1986, Edina History Society, Decathlon Athletic Club. Charter member Commission for the Battle of Normandy Museum. Founding sponsor Civil Justice Foundation, since 1986.

    Member committee for publication Hennepin County Lawyer, 1992. President Endless Fist Society, Inc., since 1998, martial arts website, 2007. Fellow Roscoe Pound Foundation, National District Attorneys Association.

    Member American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Minnesota Bar Association (committee on ethics 1994-2004, committee on alternative dispute resolution since 1994), Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Hennepin County Bar Association (district ethics committee 1990—-2004, Wisconsin Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, American Judicature Society, International Platform Association, American Arbitration Association (panel of arbitrators 1992), Minnesota Martial Arts Association (president 1974-1978, Outstanding Instructor award 1973), Nippon Kobudo Rengokai (board directors North Central States 1972-1976, regional director 1972-1976), Endless Fist Society (president 1998), International confederation Jurists, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Southview Country Club, Masons, Kiwanis, Scottish Rite, Sigma Alpha Museum.





    • Married Christa Ruth Powell, September 10, 1989. 1 child, Lena.
    • father: Elliott Ira Neff
    • mother: Mollie (Poboisk) Neff
    • spouse: Christa Ruth Powell
    • child: Lena Neff
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    Born November 1, 1948
    (age 69)