Neil Austin

Partner - Boston

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Neil Austin’s litigation practice is built on a strong foundation of state and federal trial experience, with particular emphasis on securities, intellectual property, class actions and general commercial disputes. He regularly advises clients in connection with investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, states attorneys general and other government regulators. In addition, Neil maintains an active trial schedule, having tried, arbitrated and mediated cases for corporate and individual clients on issues ranging from international commercial disputes to alleged business torts.

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Education:

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
  • University of Georgia, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998

Representative Experience

  • Has secured collective judgments in excess of $220 million for private litigants in commercial litigation
  • Represented a national bank holding company and its subsidiaries in a federal lawsuit concerning the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Defends privately-held educational institution in investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Reviews advertising for consumer goods companies to ensure compliance with state and federal laws
  • Represents clients in advertising disputes involving competitors and government regulators
  • Represented international pension funds in disputes with investment management firms over alleged breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Represented manufacturer of surgical products in trade libel suit brought by former distributor
  • Represented software company in internal and SEC investigations regarding timing of stock option grants
  • Represented international auditing firm in mediation and global settlement of federal securities claims
  • Represented bank officer in U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of insider trading

Honors

  • Recognized by the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) for pro bono work on behalf of immigrant detainees, 2008
  • Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar, Boston University School of Law, 2003
  • Recipient of Dean’s Award for Securities Regulations, Boston University School of Law, 2003
  • Recipient of Dean’s Award for Criminal Procedure, Boston University School of Law, 2003

Involvement

  • Steering Committee Member of the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program (2012-2013)
  • Alumnus of the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program (2009-2010)
  • Recipient of PAIR Project, Inc.’s Detention Attorney Award (2008)
  • Recognized by the Supreme Judicial Court for pro bono representation of immigrant detainees (2007)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member

  • Panelist, “Communicating in the Web 2.0 World: Social Advertising, Trademark and Copyright Strategies You Will Like,” Association of Corporate Counsel Technology Summit (March 26, 2015)
  • Co-chair and Panelist, “An Insider’s View of False Advertising Disputes -- From the FTC, NAD, and In-House Counsel,” Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (December 18, 2013)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts