Neil K. Gehlawat

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Manhattan Beach, California

Taylor & Ring
Neil K. Gehlawat
Taylor & Ring

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in California since: 2013

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2024

Taylor & Ring

1230 Rosecrans Ave
Suite 360
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Visit website


Neil Gehlawat concentrates his practice in the areas of serious personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and sexual abuse. Prior to joining Taylor Ring, Neil was a partner at a prominent plaintiffs’ firm in the Central Valley, before moving to Los Angeles and practicing at another top-rated firm in the area. Over the course of his career, he has obtained verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients in excess of $100 million.

Many of Neil’s cases have received significant media attention, including his representation of the family of David Sal Silva, who was beaten and asphyxiated by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies. This case, along with others, prompted The Guardian to author a five-part series about law enforcement abuse in the Central Valley, entitled “The County: The Story of America’s Deadliest Police.” He, along with John Taylor, is currently representing the family of Kurt Reinhold, an unarmed, homeless Black man killed by deputies in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. Neil and John have filed a wrongful death claim against the department. His work on behalf of victims of police misconduct has also been profiled in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

Neil has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine since 2016, an honor bestowed upon the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in California. He serves on the Board for the Consumer Attorneys of California, and is a member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), American Association of Justice (AAJ), and National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA).

Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with highest honors. He then went on to obtain his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review. In his spare time, Neil enjoys playing tennis and watching sports.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Rights

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Discrimination, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Race Discrimination, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50% Civil Rights

First Admitted: 2013, California

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Educational Background:
  • University of California – Berkeley, B.A., With Highest Honors, Major: Political Science and Rhetoric
  • 20 Under 40 People to Watch, Bakersfield Life Magazine, 2015
  • Rising Stars, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2016 – present
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Best Law Firm, The Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll
  • Neil has been a Rising Star from 2016 to the present., Super Lawyers - Rising Stars,
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, UC Irvine School of Law Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, February 2020
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Practicing in Federal Court,” CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar, December 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Chair, New Lawyers Division
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • North High School Stars Mentoring Program
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $1.25 million, Doe v. Residential Care Facility, 2019
  • $1 million Settlement, Doe v. County of Kern, Sexual Abuse, 2017
  • $2.15 Million Settlement, Harris v. Harvel Plastics (Industrial Accident), 2015
  • $1 million Settlement, Allison v. Wagner, Auto v. Auto, 2019
  • $3.4 million Settlement, Silva v. County of Kern, 2017
  • $6 Million Settlement, Rios v. West Coast Casing, LLC (Wrongful Death), 2015
  • $8.8 Million Settlement, Hiler et al v. Kern County Sheriff's Department et al (Pedestrian Accident), 2014
  • $1 Million Settlement, Lynch v. Mountain View Ranch Residential Care (Wrongful Death), 2015
  • $1.99 Million Settlement, Fuentes v. Kern Oil & Refining Co. (Industrial Accident), 2013
  • $2.75 Million Settlement, Confidential Plaintiff v. J. Perez Mata Trucking, Inc. (Industrial Accident), 2014
  • $2.95 Million Settlement, Elizondo v. National Oilwell Varco (Auto Accident), 2014
  • $2 Million Settlement, Casey v. County of Kern (Dog Bite), 2015
  • $3.5 Million Settlement, Clark vs. Market Transport, Ltd. (Auto Accident), 2015
  • $1.3 Million Settlement, Santivanez v. B&L Casing Service (Auto Accident), 2013
  • $2.35 Million Settlement, Soto v. Shred-It USA, Inc. (Auto Accident), 2014
Industry Groups:
  • American Association Of Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California

Office location for Neil K. Gehlawat

1230 Rosecrans Ave
Suite 360
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Phone: 310-209-4100

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