Biography

Hired by former adversaries, Neil Goteiner develops novel successful theories in financial fraud, international arbitration, antitrust, IP, contract disputes, and consumer claims, often in class actions or agency litigation. For example, he recently obtained the dismissal of a CFTC $300 million fraud action against a former adversary in a “blockbuster” decision, which for the first time found no Dodd Frank CFTC general fraud jurisdiction. CFTC v. Monex Credit Co., 2018 WL 2306863 (C.D.Cal. 2018). The CFTC stated on appeal that the decision “blindsided” market participants. Also this year FINA, the world governing swimming body, dropped an international boycott of Neil's clients, top-tier swimmers, after reviewing Farella’s complaint alleging FINA’s antitrust violations. In addition to such creative legal wins, opposing counsel learn quickly that Neil is happy to try cases and why clients, “hire him for his unique hands-on approach and extensive experience as a trial lawyer and strategist,” as one arbitrator explained in a 2017 $6 million fee award after Farella’s complete defense of a billion dollar financial fraud claim. One client’s GC said after 60+ successful cases and one loss, “hiring him was the best decision I ever made for the company.”

Over the past five years, he has also: (1) obtained summary judgment in New York federal court, dismissing an NDA/trade secret claim seeking $240 million, and recovered legal fees; (2) won complete dismissal of a $750+ million international arbitration and legal fees, after evidentiary hearing and without his clients testifying; (3) resolved a complicated $400+ million IRS whistleblower claim for less than two percent of the claim and obtained first impression rulings; (4) settled for only $150,000 a $30 million commodities class action brought by a national firm; (5) won a two-and–a-half-year licensing agreement arbitration by limiting to $25,000 a $25 million claim brought by a national firm and by obtaining sanctions of $190,000 for discovery misconduct; (6) settled for $28,000 a $22 million overtime class action; (7) won complete dismissal of a class action against a major medical implant manufacturer; (8) settled a class action consumer fraud claim less than one month after filing, with no relief for plaintiff; (9) won both a dismissal of a commodities fraud case after deposing just plaintiffs’ expert, whom Neil designated as his adverse expert, and a post dismissal malicious prosecution settlement; (10) won complete dismissal of a defamation and unfair competition complaint, and follow-up malicious prosecution claim, based on deposing only plaintiff; (11) defensed a fraud arbitration claim while recovering as sanctions $650,000; (12) successfully settled a federal securities fraud for a NYSE health care company case after substituting in four months before trial and developing a winning theory missed by the prior two national firms; (13) co-defended Hewlett-Packard in consolidated federal and state securities class and derivative actions arising out of the Autonomy acquisition; and (14) prosecuted international antitrust claims.

While Neil usually is on the defense side in national class actions, he was also lead plaintiffs' counsel representing 20,000 customers of a South Florida telemarketing boiler room closed by the CFTC. The CFTC was unable to obtain any damages from the upstream owners. Neil and his team of three attorneys waged an eight-year battle and a six-month trial in Miami federal district court against seven national law firms. On the eve of jury arguments, defendants paid some $40 million. Defendants unsuccessfully appealed their own settlement. They claimed that Farella had "coerced" defendants to pay too much because Farella’s liability theories were too innovative and its trial strategy was too relentless.  

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2013-2020)

Firm Highlights

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Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

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PFAS Litigation Conference

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New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

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