Brown, Goldstein & Levy attorney Neel Lalchandani has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s (MAIP) Board of Directors. MAIP – a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia – has one of the highest success rates in the United States for exonerating individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.
As Vice Chair, Neel will help lead the Board of Directors in its work of advancing MAIP’s mission. Neel’s appointment represents his own longstanding and passionate commitment to not only obtain justice for individuals who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, but to overcome the barriers that enable wrongful convictions to occur in the first place. Such barriers include eyewitness misidentification, unreliable or improper forensic science, false confessions, informant testimony, government misconduct, and inadequate defense. Neel was first appointed to the MAIP Board in July 2022.
Neel 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 imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. He is an authority on the Walter Lomax Act, recently passed Maryland legislation that sets a standard compensation formula for state exonerees. Between 2021 and 2022, Neel represented several clients who each received significant state compensation amounts under the bill, including exonerees Kirk Bloodsworth, Leslie Vass, Bernard Webster, and Paul Madison.
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 clients ongoing reentry into society as well.
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