Neil focuses his practice on international and domestic transportation and trade matters — particularly those involving cross-border investments, international, aviation, and maritime issues. He handles international contract disputes, creditors’ rights in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, obtaining pre- and post-judgement security, vessel and aircraft foreclosure, charter and aircraft lease disputes, and transportation asset-related repossession issues. Neil also helps client enforce U.S. judgments overseas. In addition, he handles various transactions, including those in the transportation space such as, ship and aircraft charters and leases, sale and purchase, vessel construction contracts, purchase agreements, terminal agreements, and private equity investments in shipping.
Neil assists his clients based outside the United States with many aspects of their investments and operations in the United States. He often assembles working teams of specialists in various areas to support investments and other activities in the United States across the firm's many practice areas and offices. Neil has particular experience in representing Japanese clients in the United States.
Neil is a past chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), International Section, and serves on the NYSBA President’s Committee on State Bar Governance. He also co-chairs the NYSBA International Section Transportation Committee and is the vice-chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association. He has also lectured at Columbia University, teaching a class on Transportation, Law & Public Policy. Neil is regularly interviewed on the radio and television, and, in addition to his public speaking engagements, is regularly interviewed and quoted in leading business and transportation publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Fairplay, Global Restructuring Review, and Tradewinds.
Neil earned his bachelor’s degree from York University and earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.