Jeff Neal was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana and grew up jumping creeks and exploring the woods and waters of Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area in southern Daviess County.After finishing in the top 3% of his class, Jeff graduated from Washington High School in 1990 and began a seven-year adventure in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1994, after being elected to the ranks of Phi Beta Kappa, Jeff graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. In 1997, after serving two years as the President of his legal fraternity (Delta Theta Phi), while raising his first child, Jeff received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.