Paul J. McNeill, a lawyer with the Interior Department for 14 years, died July 31 at his home in Winter Park, Fla., after a heart attack.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., Mr. McNeill graduated from Georgetown University in 1973, and received his law degree with honors three years later from George Washington University Law School.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., Mr. McNeill graduated from Georgetown University in 1934, and received his law degree with honors three years later from George Washington University Law School.

In the late 1940s, after working here for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Interior Department and in Detroit for the Defense Plant Corporation, Mr. McNeill became director of finance for the Pennsylavnia Turnpike Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., a job he held for 10 years.

In 1960, Mr. McNeill joined the Interior Department, working first for the office of saline water and then for th office of coal research. He specialized in contract law there and later with the Energy Research and Development Administration, which he joined in 1975. He retired later the same year.

Surviving are his wife Mary, two sons, Paul J. Jr. of Chicago, and Mathew M. of Bethesda; a daughter, Milcheleen M. Watson, and two grandchildren.