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James H. Neale

Partner

jneale@wsmblaw.com

646.583.0765 (office)

917.992.3989 (cell)

Bar Admissions

New York State Courts

United Staes District Court,
Southern District of New York

United Staes District Court,
Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Education

Washington & Lee School of Law, JD 1981, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.  American Jurisprudence Awards:  Contracts, Corporations, Evidence.

Princeton University, BA 1978, Politics

Jim Neale focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration of complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, including disputes over contracts, business torts, fiduciary duty and director liability, fraud, trademark, trade secret, copyright, unfair competition and false advertising, lender and successor liability, product liability, real estate, UCC Articles 2-5, and other civil matters.

Drawing from his experience as an All-American college fencer and nationally ranked “veteran” fencer, Jim believes in preparation, strategy and skillful execution. The successful litigant will choose its battles with care, attack the adversary’s weaknesses, and be primed to defend and counter when the adversary attacks from strength. Jim approaches each case from a fresh perspective, identifying expeditious routes to success, both traditional and novel.

Professional Activities

General Counsel, pro bono, United States Fencing Association
(National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport), 2013-present.

International Trademark Association – Non-Traditional Marks Committee, 2006 – 2009;
Emerging Issues Committee, 2010 – 2011.

New York State Bar Association, Sections on Commercial and Federal Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law, Trial Lawyers.

American Bar Association, Business Law Section.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Professional Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, Best Lawyers, 2013 – 2015.

New York Metro Super Lawyer, intellectual property litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2007 – 2010, 2013 -2015.

New York’s Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012.

AV Rated Lawyer – LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Experience (PDF)

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