Richard E. Neff - Neff Law Firm PLC

Richard E. Neff

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Richard Neff is a renowned transactional technology, e-commerce and copyright lawyer, specializing in licensing and corporate transactions, M&A, intellectual property protection and disputes, privacy and data protection, and copyright counseling for technology, Internet, media and ecommerce companies. His firm also handles many tech startups. Neff Law Firm has a significant trademark practice and advises on privacy and data protection matters. Neff has a strong specialty in international business law, often negotiating international transactions for clients, sometimes in Spanish, Portuguese or French. He handles all Latin American legal work for a number of clients.  Half of his clients are California-based, including many in Silicon Valley, and the rest are located across the country and globe. They include/included Informatica, Logitech, Microsoft, Intuit, Apple, Symantec, eSalon, JAMS, Yahoo!, Roland, SunGard, Autodesk, Grass Valley,, Dailymotion,, APM Music, Mandalay Entertainment, Business Software Alliance (BSA), Glu Mobile as well as many mid-market companies, tech startups and app developers. 

Neff is a former Chairman of the BSA and current Secretary, General Counsel and Board member of Technology Council of Southern California. He was Chair of the Tech/IP Practice at Greenberg Glusker for five years, and before that he headed Neff Law Group for 12 years. He graduated from Yale Law School (a former Editor of Yale Law Journal) and Cornell, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru.  He has written books on intellectual property and technology licensing, as well as numerous articles. He has won recognition and awards from numerous organizations and publications, including LA Business Journal, Corporate LiveWire, Acquisition International, IR Global and Global Law Experts.

Cornell UniversityBA 1976Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1980
Technology Council of Southern CaliforniaBusiness Software AlliancePacific Council on International Policy

Case History

Zynga Acquisition of German App/games developer Gamedoctors/Zombie Smash — Neff Law Firm represented his German games/App developer client, Gamedoctors, which was the
creator of Zombie Smash, the Number 2 grossing App on Apple’s App Store, in the sale of the
company to Zynga, and employment of key Gamedoctors developers by Zynga in Germany and
the United States. Zynga announced the acquisition in January 2012, it was one of Zynga’s major
recent acquisitions.  The deal involved both cash and stock, and various complex issues were
triggered by its international aspects.
Bally Technologies Acquisition of B2B Online Gaming/Poker Platform from Mediarex — Neff Law Firm represented its client Alexandre Dreyfus, perhaps the leading light in
the European online gaming/poker world, and his companies Chilipay Limited of Malta and
Mediarex Internacional of Costa Rica, in the sale of Mediarex’s proprietary B2B igaming software
platform to Bally Technologies of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Certain other assets also were sold to Bally,
and numerous employees of Dreyfus’ companies accepted employment with Bally Technologies,
either overseas or in Nevada.  This cross-border transaction had considerable complexity arising from
the laws of the various jurisdictions that were involved, including Malta, France, Costa Rica and
International Data Privacy Survey for Airpush — Neff Law Firm represents Airpush, Inc., one of the 2 leading Android-based mobile ad networks, in
a data privacy survey covering various European and Asian countries, focused upon how Airpush is
able to operate given personal data protection and privacy laws in the European Union and elsewhere, when
opt-in permission is necessary, when filings are required by the authorities, and when data
transfer to the US servers is permitted.  The goal is to create fully compliant end user license
agreements and privacy statements in even countries that have the strictest protections that
apply to personal information.

Client Comments

"Richard Neff is an excellent attorney with deep knowledge in this area. He is one of the fastest and most efficient lawyers I have worked with."

-Adam Taylor
APM Music