Neel represents companies and individuals at the cutting edge of new and disruptive technologies in their most significant technology disputes. Neel has led matters for some of Silicon Valley’s most legendary companies in their most significant technology disputes. He has handled groundbreaking cases for Facebook, Oracle, eBay, NVIDIA, LinkedIn, Logitech, and many others. He defended Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in the famed Winklevoss case that later served as the inspiration for the Academy Award winning film “The Social Network.” He helped develop and then later defended eBay with respect to its online transaction business model, creating important fundamental law that validated internet business models related to user generated content. He has prosecuted, defended and tried cases involving global patent litigation for NVIDIA as part of the smartphone patent wars.
Most recently, he is representing Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer at the center of the complex intellectual property dispute between Google/Waymo and Uber related to self-driving car technology. Through a pro bono engagement, he handled internationally followed litigation involving civil rights issues for same sex couples seeking to adopt through online adoption services. He is currently handling pro bono cases related to ICE detainees, rally protests, and Silicon Valley homelessness. Neel has also handled numerous pro bono cases seeking to advance the law to protect victims of domestic violence.
Neel serves or has served on numerous highly influential nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Asia Pacific Fund. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee of the National South Asian Bar Association. In addition to his board-level work, Neel has served on the Magistrate Selection Committee, the Patent Local Rules Committee, and the Federal Practice Program for the Northern District of California. He is also active in the Sedona Conference Patent Litigation section. As a passionate proponent of diversity, he founded the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, one of the most successful diversity career fairs in the US, and Neel is a regularly invited speaker on the issues of intellectual property, internet law, litigating high-profile cases, diversity and inclusion, and mentorship.