For the last two decades, Neil has been involved in construction litigation on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and product manufacturers. Because of Neil’s extensive trial experience, he is often retained as monitoring counsel, on behalf of excess insurance carriers, on significant complex construction litigation and has provided analysis for major insurance and reinsurance programs.
He has also successfully represented artists and actors, including the artist Thomas McKnight in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action and the actor Terrence Howard. In the past, Neil has been involved in significant defense litigation which includes: Representation of Audi, on behalf of its German insurers, in numerous unintended acceleration claims; pharmaceutical litigation; computer keyboard-induced repetitive stress injuries; and transfusion-related AIDS litigation.
Additionally, Neil has successfully represented select plaintiffs in personal injury matters. He and his partner Tanya Branch obtained a 2008 settlement for over $8 million against the City of New York and the State of New York for negligent maintenance and negligent highway design.
Neil has served as the Board President of his co-op for over 26 years. Utilizing his extensive experience in construction and co-op management, Neil has been instrumental in his co-op’s negotiations with the MTA regarding the impact of the construction of the 2nd Avenue Subway, including: Incursion into the building; impact on commercial tenants; and issues regarding Eminent Domain compensation. He has attended countless meetings with the MTA construction team, directed a team of constructional professionals, and taken a “hands-on” approach to ensure the protection of the building and the safety of its residents.
Neil and his wife, Nanci, have been longtime contributors to Brooklyn Law School and have established a Scholarship Fund and a Student Loan Fund to assist students. He was the founding Chairman of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a multicultural youth chorus consisting of children of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. Neil is a lifetime resident of NYC and on a lifelong mission for the perfect slice of pizza.