Neil Soltman is a civil litigator whose practice is particularly focused on complex trials and disputes. Neil has represented substantial business entities in California state and federal courts for over 40 years. He handles a wide spectrum of matters, including litigation related to the interpretation or constitutionality of state statutes and related regulations; securities litigation; litigation with respect to large real estate matters, including commercial loan and lease transactions; and intellectual property litigation (including, e.g., trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks).

Neil has an extensive trial background in both federal and state trial courts. He also has conducted numerous litigated proceedings before arbitration panels and alternate dispute resolution bodies — including the American Arbitration Association, JAMS/Endispute and private one- and three-member arbitration panels — involving arbitration, private judging, and mediation.

Neil was certified as an appellate specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and has had an active appellate practice in the California Courts of Appeal, various federal circuits, the California Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

Neil joined Mayer Brown as a partner in 1985 and continued in that capacity until 2018, when he became senior counsel. During his decades at Mayer Brown he served on the firm-wide Litigation Administration Committee responsible for managing approximately 400 litigation lawyers nation-wide; headed the Los Angeles office Litigation Department; and served on the firm-wide and Los Angeles office Finance Committees, among other management-related activities.

Spoken Languages

  • English


Representative Trial Experience

  • 275 day state court trial of a $200 million real estate dispute concerning rental value of 1900 miles of easements for petroleum pipelines for major pipeline operator.
  • Six-month state jury trial concerning unfair competition (Cal. Bus & Prof Code Section 17200) and theft of trade secret issues.
  • Three-month multiparty arbitration involving federal and California False Claims Act issues.
  • Three-month state jury trial concerning computer and commercial law issues.
  • Two-month arbitration concerning control of corporation holding business process patent and valuation thereof.
  • Two-month state jury trial concerning royalty issues in the record industry.
  • Two-month state jury trial concerning securities fraud.
  • Three week state jury trial involving fiduciary duty claims.
  • Two-week state jury trial involving fraudulent inducement claims on securities investments in hedge funds.
  • One-week federal jury trial concerning Issues of first impression re employer liability for temporary employees.
  • One-week federal trademark trial concerning the interface of broadcast television and internet web sites.
  • One-week federal bench trial concerning Uniform Commercial Code Issues for major national retail chain.
  • Several multi-week NASD three-member arbitrations concerning securities law and securities fraud issues.


Temple University, BA, magna cum laude, University President's Scholar.

The Catholic University of America, JD, ranked first in class; Article and Book Review Editor (1974-1975) and Member (1973-1974), Catholic University of America Law Review.


  • California


  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California
  • US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the District of New Mexico