Neel Lalchandani, attorney at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, has joined the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP), an organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. MAIP has one of the highest success rates in the United States for exonerating individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Neel is one of 18 individuals who currently sit on the MAIP Board, serving alongside members from a variety of different industries.
Neel’s appointment to the MAIP Board represents his own longstanding and passionate commitment to seeking justice for individuals who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. He has helped secure several of the largest payments in Maryland history for victims of police misconduct, including over $15 million in state compensation on behalf of innocent men who were wrongfully imprisoned.
Neel is an authority on the Walter Lomax Act, recently passed Maryland legislation which sets a standard compensation formula for state exonerees. Between 2021 and 2022, he represented several clients who each received significant state compensation amounts under the bill, including exonerees Kirk Bloodsworth, Leslie Vass, and Bernard Webster.
Neel is also on the legal team currently representing the Harlem Park Three, three men who each served 36 years in prison for a murder they did not commit after homicide detectives coerced false testimony. BGL has a long history of obtaining significant verdicts and settlements and is committed to our client’s ongoing reentry into society as well.
BGL has proudly sponsored MAIP in previous organization events. In June 2022, BGL served as a sponsor for the organization’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon, which recognized MAIP’s 22 years of advocacy on behalf of exonerees.