Menlo Park, California 94025
chairs Orrick’s internationally recognized Intellectual Property practice and is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading intellectual property litigators. He has a proven track record of court and trial wins in hard-to-win technology cases. Neel also is well known for handling cutting-edge legal issues that break new ground in uncertain areas of the law. His greatest professional achievement is saving a key company invention or product line.
Nearly every ranking organization in the legal profession and numerous bar organizations consider Neel a leader in intellectual property litigation. Chambers USA has described Neel as having “the ability to think outside the box“ as well as “in depth knowledge of patent law.”
Neel’s practice centers on serving Internet, software, computer networking and semiconductor technologies. His clients include Facebook, LinkedIn, Oracle, NVIDIA, Synopsys, CoreLogic, EMC, Ruckus Wireless, Logitech and Microsoft. His clients know that he will treat their problems as his own.
Neel is committed to the community and engages in significant pro bono work. He works to increase diversity in the legal profession and founded one of the most successful diversity career fairs in the country, the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair. His goal with respect to diversity and pro bono is to engage in activities that effect substantive change toward equality.
|Areas of Practice||1) Intellectual Property, 2) Trademark, 3) Copyright & False Advertising Litigation & Counseling, 4) Patent Litigation, 5) Trade Secrets Litigation, 6) Entertainment, 7) Privacy, 8) Data Security & Internet Safety and 9) Japan|
|Law School||J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1994|
|Education||B.A., with honors, Economics/Government, Dartmouth College, 1991|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of California,Bar Association of San Francisco,|
|Most recent firm||Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP|
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