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, Lynda.com, Dailymotion, pricegrabber.com, 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.