Our Team

Michael Neece 

Owner of Neece Law Firm / Criminal Defense Attorney and NC State Board Criminal Law Specialist. 

Originally from Wise, VA, in the Appalachian mountains, I witnessed its growth and decline, influenced by the coal industry. A UVA graduate, I pursued law at the Appalachian School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Asheville. Relocating to Gastonia, NC, I found parallels to my hometown and established the Neece Law Firm in 2010. With a diverse caseload and a successful career, I bring extensive experience to criminal defense.

Tyler Niblett

Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Attorney

Raised in McDonough, Georgia, within a family of educators, he enjoyed sports during high school before pursuing degrees in History and Law at Liberty University. After serving several years as a Deputy District Attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado, handling various cases, Tyler transitioned to private practice following a tenure at the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office, now bringing his experience to the Neece Law Firm.

Holden B. Clark

Attorney, Of Counsel

Since 2013, I’ve practiced law in Gaston County, starting in a small Charlotte office before becoming an Assistant Public Defender, handling cases from county ordinance violations to First Degree Murder. Joining Robinson and Lauterbach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC in 2017, I honed my skills in Domestic, Family, and Civil litigation. Recently recognized as a Super Lawyer and NC Business Journals Legal Elite for Family law, I’m committed to genuinely caring for clients and their issues.

Elizabeth “Ellie” Haughton

Legal Assistant

Ellie is from Denver, CO but raised in Gaston County. She went on to attend collage at Furman University with a B.A. in Politics and International Affairs. She has interned for the Department of Justice in D.C. in the  Natural Resources Sector of the Environmental Natural Resources Division and the United States Attorney’s Office in Greenville, S.C. 

Prior to coming to the Neece Law Firm, she worked for the District Attorney’s Office in Gaston County as a legal assistant. Ellie  has career aspirations of becoming a lawyer herself and plans to attend law school in the near future. 

In her free time you can find her spending time with her family, dogs, and friends. She enjoys weight lifting, hot yoga and typically has a book she’s reading or plays Nintendo Switch.

Luka was born in West Virginia and adopted by Misty and Michael. Upon adoption, there were a couple of name ideas floating around. Misty insisted his name reflect the breeds origins and required an Italian name. Michael, however, had other ideas, such as naming him after a golf term, other sports related words or DMB related. They settled on the name Luca. Michael asked if the spelling could be with a “K’ instead. Their compromise? Luka Matteo. Now Michael tells everyone he’s named after Luka Doncic. 

His duties at the firm include accepting pets, running down the halls, swindling everyone out of kisses and distracting everyone from their work to provide emotional support.  

Luka has a passion for chicken, getting pets from strangers, and barking at the window and being a complete menace. He also enjoys long walks to anywhere, putting his paws in water (but not swimming), putting anything on the ground in his mouth, chasing squirrels (still trying to break that habit), going for car and golf cart rides and staying glued to his mom. 

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