Robert Neil Irwin


Robert Neil Irwin



Robert Neil Irwin was born in Greencastle, Indiana. He graduated from Fillmore High School in the small town of Fillmore, Indiana, in 1959, and then attended Rose Polytechnic Institute (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology). He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from RPI in 1963, and then enlisted in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, Irwin worked in the construction industry for several years, before enrolling at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, he served on the student editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.46) and served as Executive Editor for the volume’s last two issues. Irwin received his JD, Order of the Coif, in 1971.

After law school, Irwin headed west and began his legal career in Phoenix, Arizona, where he would rise to become a senior partner in the Phoenix office of the international firm Bryan Cave, LLP. Over his more than 35 year career, Irwin practiced law in the area of business, with special emphasis on transactional matters for public and private companies.

In addition to his legal career, Irwin has served in leadership positions of many Phoenix business, economic, and non-profit organizations. He co-founded the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and chaired the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board and the Phoenix Valley of the Sun Visitors and Convention Bureau. He has served as Chair of the Phoenix bond election and served on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Irwin was named one of the 25 most admired chief executive officers and top-level executives by the Phoenix Business Journal (2009) and was presented with the Downtown Phoenix Visionary Award (2010). He was awarded the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2018, the same year he and his wife established the R. Neil and Michele Irwin Fund (a fund to support Putnam County, Indiana, projects with an emphasis on social services, education, histroic preservation, and animal welfare.)

Irwin currently directs The Irwin Companies, focusing on areas of real estate, farming, and consulting. R. Neil Irwin has served on the law school's Board of Visitors for more than fifiteen years, and was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2011.


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