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- University of Texas School of Law
Neil concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and has litigated cases at the trial court and appellate levels before federal and state courts in several states. Neil represents clients in matters involving contracts, fraud, antitrust, civil rights, false advertising, the False Claims Act, the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act and the Lanham Act.
Neil also serves as the Co-Chair of Stevens & Lee’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Group. He has substantial experience in antitrust and unfair competition matters, and is also experienced in counseling clients regarding a variety of antitrust compliance issues.
Neil obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of two clients on all counts brought against them, following a nine-day jury trial in state court in Essex County, New Jersey (Fioravanti v. Ettere). The plaintiff, a former employee of a closely held corporation, sought to pierce the “corporate veil” and recover corporate debts from shareholders, including a “success fee” (owed to him by the corporation after the sale of its assets), attorneys’ fees, and unspecified punitive damages. Neil represented two of the five defendants in the case.
In another case, Neil and other Stevens & Lee lawyers, as part of a multi-firm team, represented a student lending agency in a case filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (U.S. ex rel. Oberg v. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) involving allegations under the federal False Claims Act. The plaintiff alleged the client had defrauded the U.S. Department of Education and sought damages in excess of $350 million. The case resulted in a verdict in the client’s favor, which was recently affirmed.
Neil has substantial experience in franchise litigation, including the representation of franchisors to enforce franchise agreements with franchisees, regional developers and area representatives and to protect the intellectual property of various franchise systems.
Neil has also collaborated with our environmental lawyers on complex successor liability issues in multi-million dollar environmental disputes under CERCLA and state environmental laws.
Before becoming a lawyer, Neil worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Associated Press, and as a teacher for the Houston Independent School District as part of Teach for America, the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.
- Banks v. Owens, 2018 WL 6249709 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 6, 2018), affirmed, (3d Cir. Dec. 13, 2019).
- Vurimindi v. Schaheen (C.C.P. Phila., Sept. 3, 2019) (sustaining preliminary objections).
- Fioravanti v. Ettere, Essex Cty. N0. ESX-L-1250-17 (unanimous defense verdict dated December 12, 2018, motion for new trial denied, March 1, 2019).
- United States ex rel. Oberg v. PHEAA, 912 F.2d 731 (4th Cir. Jan 8, 2019).
- Guthrie Healthcare System v. Context Media, Inc., 826 F.3d 27 (2d Cir. 2016).
- In re Exide Technologies, U.S. Bankr. Ct. D. Del. No. 02-11125, Adv. Proc. No. 10-52766 (Jan. 8, 2013).
- In re Exide Technologies, 2010 WL 2163190 (3d Cir. June 1, 2010), cert. denied, Feb. 22, 2011.
- Tubbs v. North American Title Agency, Inc., 2010 WL 3044067 (3d Cir. Aug. 5, 2010).
- Shaev v. Sidhu (C.C.P. Phila., October 28, 2008), affirmed, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 3405 EDA 2008, 3406 EDA 2008, Aug. 9, 2010, alloc. denied, Dec. 21, 2010.
- Weiss v. Fiber Optic Designs, Inc., 2008 WL 3984166 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 27, 2008).
- Doe v. Abington Friends School, 480 F.3d 252 (3d Cir. 2007).
- Santana Products, Inc. v. Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc., 249 F.Supp. 2d 463 (M.D. Pa. 2003), affirmed, 401 F.3d 123 (3d Cir. 2005), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 734 (2005).
- Lithuanian Commerce Corp. v. Sara Lee Hosiery, 214 F. Supp. 2d 453 (D.N.J. 2002).
- Peerless Heater Co. v. Mestek, Inc., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1409 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 7, 2000).
- Lithuanian Commerce Corp. v. Sara Lee Hosiery, 23 F. Supp. 2d 509 (D.N.J. 1998), affirmed in part and reversed in part, 248 F.3d 1130 (3d Cir. 2000).
- KIPP Philadelphia Schools, Leadership Council Member (2011-present), Chair (2012-2017)
- Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association, Board Member
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- American Health Lawyers Association
Neil was recognized in Philadelphia magazine in 2006 and 2007 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star and was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track in 2006 by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, recognizing him as one of 50 young lawyers across the Commonwealth whose excellence has set them apart while in the early stages of their careers. He was awarded the MS Leadership Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2005. The award honors corporate executives for their outstanding contributions to the civic, business and cultural betterment of the Greater Delaware Valley area.
Neil was enrolled in 2010 in the Pro Bono Roll of Honor of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) as an attorney whose pro bono work has been recognized by the judiciary as exemplary.
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A. with distinction
- St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Certificate
- New Jersey
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey