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Neil’s broad commercial litigation practice has included class actions and antitrust disputes, fraud and conspiracy claims, and high-profile defamation and First Amendment cases. He has extensive experience litigating employment-related matters including discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour disputes, and trade secret misappropriation. Neil also litigates shareholder, insurance, contract and property disputes, among many other types of cases. Some of his recent engagements have included defending an international company in a federal pregnancy discrimination case, defending the former officer of a logistics provider in an action to rescind a $200 million M&A transaction, and recovering an award of more than $1.2 million for a registered financial representative in an arbitration proceeding before FINRA. Neil’s work representing the news media to enforce the Illinois FOIA was recently praised in the Chicago Reader.
Outside the courtroom, Neil counsels start-ups and established businesses alike with respect to their day-to-day affairs, including labor and employment matters, B2B transactions, customer agreements, and the implications of social media in commercial contexts. Neil saves his clients time and money by drawing from his significant litigation experience to help them develop business strategies and best practices that avoid legal risks.
Neil is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and has appeared pro hac vice in many other jurisdictions. He serves as a panel attorney for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Commercial Litigation Committee. Neil was recently published in the Journal of Internet Law (14 No. 12 J. Internet L. 18, Aspen Publishers, June 2011), and served as a panelist at the Chicago Masters Conference for Legal Professionals on “Managing the e-Discovery and Social Media Minefield” (2015). He has been recognized each year from 2015 through 2017 as an Emerging Lawyer in commercial litigation by Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than 2 percent of all attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois.
Neil joined FVLD immediately after law school and was made a Member in 2012. He is married, has two children, and in his spare time, enjoys rooting for his hometown Detroit sports teams.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, with honors, 2004
Notes and Comment Editor Chicago-Kent Law Review and Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society
University of Michigan, BA, 2001