Judge Neil G. Mullally is a native of Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University and attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated in 1973.
After serving as an assistant Muskegon County Prosecutor, Judge Mullally entered private law practice for thirteen years, and for the past twenty-nine years he has served as a judge of the Muskegon County Probate Court, where he is the Presiding Judge. He is also appointed to serve as the 14th Circuit Business Court Judge for Muskegon County.
Judge Mullally has served in leadership positions in several areas of volunteer service, including the United Way, Catholic Social Services, the Grand Rapids Diocese Secretariat for Social Justice, the Muskegon Forum Committee, the YMCA, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Muskegon Irish American Society, and the Muskegon County Bar Association. The Michigan Supreme Court appointed him as a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Court Reform. He presently is a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Technology Advisory Group and the State Bar Subcommittee on Court Structure and Judicial Resources. He is also a board member and past president of the Muskegon Irish American Society and founder of the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame.
In 1998 Judge Mullally introduced the concept of Mediation and Balanced and Restorative Justice in Muskegon County. The Michigan Department of Human Services has recognized Muskegon County as a leader in establishing Balanced and Restorative Justice in Michigan. In 2007, Judge Mullally was the recipient of the first "Neil G. Mullally Restorative Justice Award," an award established in his name and presented annually to a person or organization that has supported balanced and restorative justice in the Muskegon community.
Judge Mullally is certified as a Mediator, and is presently the President of the Board of Mediation and Restorative Services, the alternative dispute resolution agency for Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, and Manistee Counties. He is also a Board Member of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, which is a federally designated national historic landmark.
Judge Mullally has presented programs for the Michigan Probate Judges' Association, the Michigan Probate and Juvenile Registers' Association, the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, and the Michigan Department of Human Services, Ferris State University, Muskegon Community College, and other organizations.