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Neil practices maritime & transportation law. He’s a Partner in Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen, LLP. His core practice is representing insurers in first & third party cases & advising maritime & transportation companies in business litigation, constitutional law cases (preemption, public trust & navigation) & in unfair competition & misclassification cases.

An emerging practice is advising private equity. He's recently provided transportation legal advice to Och-Ziff re Uber’s Series E Financing, ABRY Partners re SambaSafety, The Carlyle Group re CB URS Holdings Corporation, Gamut Capital Management re PS Logistics, and York Capital Management re Mode Transportation LLC.

In 2021, he's advising transportation clients on compliance with new California laws on independent contractors (Dynamex case, AB-5) and on shifting to employee based or brokerage based business models. He's also advising clients on methods for transferring their risks to third parties.

He's been featured in the LA Times, the LA Daily Journal, Forbes & LA Magazine. He's been a Certified Admiralty Specialist & Admiralty Commissioner. He's been a Speaker on Insurance Policy Rescission for TKG, Marine Claims/Barratry for IAMI, Insurance Bad Faith for TKG and was featured in Lawyer Monthly Magazine. His reported cases, and major successes, are listed at www.transportationlaw.com. Recently, the perpetrator of a suspicious insurance claim in Hawaii, which Neil investigated, pled no contest, was found guilty, and was sentenced to prison and ordered to make full restitution. For this, Neil, and the investigative team, was nominated for IAMI investigator of the year.

He is best known, however, for his win against Rex DeGeorge, the “King of Insurance Fraud,” in a case that started in Naples, Italy & ended in LA with DeGeorge in prison for scuttling his over-insured yacht, on its maiden voyage, in the Med. His book about it, which involved “credible” death threats, Hollywood studios & ancient maritime doctrines, and a story that Federal Judge Letts called "the single most incredible story I’ve ever heard from the stand," is named "An Act of Piracy," & is contracted with a NY publisher.

Contact & Links
  • 12011 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 600
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • 900 Front Street, Suite 350
    San Francisco, CA 94111
  • 841 Bishop Street, Suite 1099
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • English
  • George Washington University, JD, graduated 1985
  • Tulane University, BS, graduated 1982
Bar Admissions
  • California, 1987
  • New York, 1986
Court Admissions
  • All federal district court's in California
  • Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Super Lawyers 2012-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2021, 2022
  • Corporate America, Legal Elite
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Insurance Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Transportation Law

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