Neel Lalchandani joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy in November 2017.
Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Neel clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and for the Honorable David O. Carter on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
During law school, Neel represented clients in eviction, Social Security, criminal record expungement, and wage theft proceedings as a student attorney in the Stanford Community Law Clinic. He was Co-President of the American Constitution Society, participated in the Iraq Legal Education Initiative, and served as an editor for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Neel also interned with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and with Human Rights First as a Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellow.
Neel graduated with pro bono distinction from law school, where he also received the Judge Thelton E. Henderson Prize for his clinical work and the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Law.
Prior to attending law school, Neel taught and mentored high school students at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago; completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco; and studied human rights as a Humanity in Action Fellow in Lyon, France.
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 2015
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 2010
- Petitions on behalf of Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart – Obtained $5.8 million in no-fault compensation from the Board of Public Works (consisting of the highest per-year amount in Maryland history) on behalf of two men who were each wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Maryland prisons for 36 years (2020).
- Petitions on behalf of Clarence Shipley and Jerome Johnson – Obtained $4.4 million in no-fault compensation from the Board of Public Works on behalf of two men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Maryland for 27 and 30 years, respectively (2019).
- Umar Burley, et al. v. Baltimore Police Department, et al. – Represent two men who were wrongfully imprisoned for a combined 9.5 years because plainclothes officers of the Baltimore Police Department (some of whom later joined the Gun Trace Task Force) planted heroin in the men’s car (2019).
- Rivera v. Mo’s Fisherman Exch., Inc. – Part of team that successfully negotiated a $1 million settlement on behalf of restaurant workers against the Mo’s Seafood chain for wage and hour violations (2018).
- In re Emergency Request to Unseal Special Master’s Report – Successfully represented American Oversight, a watchdog group focused on the executive branch, to obtain the expedited unsealing of a confidential 1999 report on alleged improper leaks from the Office of Independent Counsel (Ken Starr’s investigation of President Clinton), where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worked as a prosecutor (2018).
- James Owens v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore – Part of team that obtained a $9 million settlement on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for 21 years after Baltimore homicide detectives concealed exculpatory evidence (2018).
- “To Protect and Spy: The San Francisco Police Department & The Civil Rights Ordinance,” 26 Stanford Law & Policy Review 701 (2015).
- Federal Bar Association
- Civil Justice, Board Member
- “Under pressure, Hogan launches effort to pay five exonerated prisoners who spent 120 years behind bars,” The Washington Post, September 18, 2019
- “Md. board that could pay millions to the wrongly convicted splits over whether to do so,” The Washington Post, September 4, 2019
- “Hogan: Judges should decide how much to pay 5 wrongly incarcerated men,” The Baltimore Sun, September 4, 2019
- “Dozens of delegates urge BPW to act on exoneree compensation,” The Daily Record, September 4, 2019
- “Exonerees ask state board to act on requests for compensation,” The Daily Record, July 18, 2019
- “Baltimore attorneys obtain order to unseal report on Starr Commission leaks,” The Daily Record, August 23, 2018
- “Baltimore board approves $9M to man wrongfully convicted of ’87 murder,” The Daily Record, April 25, 2018