Stephen Neal

Chairman Emeritus

Stephen C. Neal is the chairman emeritus of Cooley. He is resident in the Palo Alto office. 

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  • Cooley Obtains Summary Judgment for Qualcomm in Patent Infringement Lawsuit 

  • Global cross-license achieved for Gevo in long-running biofuels patent case 

  • Complete win for Gilead Sciences in dispute involving breakthrough SOVALDI treatment  

  • Pretrial Win for Gevo in Patent Suit 

Steered by cool logic, zealous preparation and a quick wit, Cooley LLP's Stephen Neal has steered clients to more than 35 trial wins, often in bet-the-company litigation, with a nearly 90 percent win rate that reflects his deft approach to persuasive storytelling. – Law360

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, 1973

  • Harvard University
    AB, 1970

Admissions & Credentials




  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Rankings & Accolades

    National Law Journal: 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

    Law360: Trial Ace

    National Law Journal: White Collar Crime Trailblazer

    Daily Journal: Top 100 Lawyers in California

    Chambers US: Trial Lawyers; Commercial Litigation; Securities Litigation

    Legal 500: Hall of Fame, Leading Trial Lawyer; White Collar; Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution

    The American Lawyer: Litigator of the Week

    Best Lawyers in America: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense - White Collar

Trial Ace

Law360 honored Steve Neal with its exclusive Trial Ace recognition, a selection limited to the top 50 trial lawyers in the US.

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