Malcolm McNeil

Top rated general litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California

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Malcolm McNeil
ArentFox Schiff

Practice Areas: General litigation, International, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1983

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

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Malcolm McNeil is a partner at the national law firm of ArentFox Schiff LLP. Based in its Los Angeles office, he represents clients throughout California and handles a variety of international matters as well. Admitted to practice in California, Mr. McNeil is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and District of Columbia Circuits, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

A significant portion of Mr. McNeil’s practice is devoted to complex commercial litigation. The types of matters that he had handled throughout his distinguished career have included partnership disputes, real estate, discrimination and other employment law claims, unfair competition, insurance coverage, breach of contract, landlord-tenant disputes and buy/sell agreements. Mr. McNeil’s experience has additionally encompassed sophisticated domestic and international business transactions.

Mr. McNeil’s clients come from a wide variety of industry sectors, including aviation, import/export, manufacturing, real estate, venture capital, media and entertainment, publishing and technology. He is highly regarded by his colleagues, and one of many indications of that is his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a published author, and he has delivered presentations on topics related to his practice areas.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Antioch College, Mr. McNeil went on to pursue his legal education at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and in 1983, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. He has been with Arent Fox LLP since May 2014, and he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne College of Law, where he has taught courses on international litigation and transactions.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

General litigation, International, Alternative dispute resolution, Business litigation, Business/corporate, Estate & trust litigation

Focus areas

Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation, Trade secret

  • 40% General litigation
  • 20% International
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 10% Business litigation
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Estate & trust litigation

First Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage:

  • Named an honorary lifetime member to the Lahore High Court Bar Association for his efforts to free imprisoned Pakistani attorneys
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV Preeminent” which is the highest peer rating 
  • Named to “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Legal Leaders (2013)
  • Recognized by the Southern California edition of SuperLawyer (2014-2017)
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Recipient of Fox Rothschild's Mentor of the Year Award
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Past Board Member Chair, Enrollment Management Committee of Woodbury University
  • Member, British Academy of Film and Television Artists (BAFTA) in Los Angeles
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Member
  • Member, Metropolitan Managers Club
  • Mediation of the Intellectual Property Dispute
  • Board of Regents for California Lutheran University
  • Marketing and Sales Manager, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
  • Pepperdine University, Mediating the Litigated Case
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees of Antioch University Los Angeles
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • New US Trends on Fair Use and EU Copyright Directive: Rules for Growth or Startup Killers? (Moderator), Presented by: American Bar Association, International Law Section, September 13, 2019
  • China’s Current Situation, Re-opening, Future Trade Relationships After the US Presidential Elections and the Relationship with Mexico and USMCA, Presented by: United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce California Regional Chapter, November 23, 2020
  • Hire, Promote or Appoint: The New List of Arbitrators of People of African Descent with a US Connection, Presented by: Beverly Hills Bar Association Section on Mediation, September 15, 2020 
  • Does Diversity Have a Single Definition in a Global Context? (Moderator), Presented by: ABA International Law Section, Northeast Asia, Japan & Korea Committee, November 19, 2020
  • Member to Member Sharing in the COVID-19 Era, Presented by: Hong Kong Association of Southern California, August 26, 2020
  • Co-Author: "Never Ending Story: Sudden Changes to California’s Proposed Cannabis Regulations," Arent Fox Alert (November 2018)
  • New Developments in Resolving International Disputes, Presented by: Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, June 27, 2019
  • International Lawyers: Past, Present & Future, AIJA 56th International Young Lawyers Congress, Brussels, August 28, 2018
  • Webinar: SB 766 – The International Arbitration California Gold Rush!, California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section, September 5, 2018
  • Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets 2016, Presented by: Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, July 7, 2016
  • Bioenergy Economic & Policy and Sustainable Development (Moderator), Presented by: 5th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy, Xi’an, China, September 24, 2015
  • 2015 International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) Conference, (Moot Court Judge) Presented by: Leiden University, Beijing, China, April 9, 2015
  • How To Series, (Moderator) Presented by: International Association of Young Lawyers, Hong Kong, China, March 29, 2014
  • Author: "Corporate and Board Member Liability: Developments in the Post-Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley Environment," International Law Journal and Newsletter, LACBA (May 7, 2009)
  • Co-author: "SLAPP: Malpractice Coverage Impacted Increasingly by Recent Decisions ," Insurance Advocate (May 21, 2012)
  • Author: "The World is Not Enough – Or is It?," Financier Worldwide (June 2013)
  • Co-author: "Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits: First Response for Defense - Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing," Pratt's Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report (January 2017) 
  • Adjunct Professor, Teaching International Civil Litigation, University of La Verne Law School
  • Author: "How to Assure the Board's Attention to Cyber Risks," Daily Journal (December 2018)
  • Moderator, 2013 LegalPorts Conference, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Long Beach Bar Association & Keesal, Young & Logan Long Beach, CA September 26, 2013
  • Speaker, 6th Annual Global Outsourcing Summit, June 15, 2013
  • Speaker, Mergers and Acquisitions Seminar, International Association of Young Lawyers, February 1, 2013
  • Speaker, Your Passport to Getting the Information You Need from Abroad: The Nuts and Bolts of International Discovery, Beverly Hills Bar Association's Barristers Workshop and the International Law Committee Beverly Hills, CA, May 29, 2012
  • Chair, Recent Legal and Business Developments in Global Trade, Los Angeles County Bar Association Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2012
  • Panelist, Due Diligence Investigations: What To Look for and How to Find It, International Investigations Seminar San Francisco, CA, March 16, 2012
  • Speaker, Contract Session: Sales/Distribution Agreements, The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) International Trade & Transport Symposium Los Angeles, CA, October 14, 2011
  • Speaker, International Protection of Life Sciences Advancements, BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Bioenergy Dalian, China, April 26, 2011
  • Speaker, Practical Issues for Doing Business Abroad (AKA Expect The Unexpected ... Or Stay Home!), International Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association: 2010 Annual Seminar For Corporate Counsel Temecula, CA, September 25, 2010
  • Speaker, Emerging Market Summit, AP-CEO Changchun China, September 1-4, 2010
  • Speaker, International Financial Law and Institutions – Islamic Banking Issues, Latin American Trends and Asian Future, Southwestern Law School: 2021 International Law Ten Years from Now Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2011
  • Speaker, Representing Foreign Parties in Lawsuits, State Bar of California 82nd Annual Meeting, September 11, 2009
  • Speaker, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the U.S., Los Angeles County Bar Association International Section Presentation to Law Society of England and Wales Los Angeles, CA, August 2, 2010
  • Speaker, The Nuts and Bolts of International Arbitration and Litigation, Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section Inglewood, CA, June 16, 2010
  • Speaker, Work-Life Balance and the Economic Crisis: Is Work-Life Balance Dead?, ABA: 2010 Spring Meeting New York, April 13, 2010
  • Presenter, How To Handle An International Client, State Bar of California, Section Education Institute, March 11, 2010
  • Speaker, Civil Liability of Board Members in the United States: Lessons from Enron and Worldcom, The 3rd Annual Global Outsourcing Summit, September 3, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Member
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Member
  • Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • International Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Past Chair
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Member
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Past President and Current Member
  • American Bar Association, China Committee Section on International Law, Co-Chair
  • Harbin Arbitration Commission, Panel Arbitrator
  • USC School of Law’s Institute for Corporate Counsel, Advisory Board Member
  • Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Director
  • Shenzhen International Arbitration Commission, Panel Arbitrator
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission, Panel Arbitrator
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Section of International Law to the State Bar of California, Liaison
  • California Fashion Association, Advisory Board Member
  • State Bar of California Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law to the State Bar of California, Vice Chair of the International Mediation Committee
  • American Bar Association, International Trade Committee, Senior Advisor
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law to the State Bar of California, Liaison
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law to the State Bar of California, Vice Chair of the Asia/Pacific Committee
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law, Vice Chair of the Northeast Asia, Japan & Korea Committee
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law to the State Bar of California, Steering Group Member International Trade Committee
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, First Vice President
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law to the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Liaison
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Northern Districts of California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern Districts of California
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
Educational Background:
  • Antioch University, B.A.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • International Lawyers Award, Cyprus., 2019
Industry Groups:
  • Cross-border Investigations
  • Cross-border Negotiations
  • Cybersecurity Consultation
  • Inbound Investments
  • Intellectual Property Protection

Office location for Malcolm McNeil

555 West 5th Street
48th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone: 213-443-7656


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