Stephen C. Neal

Board member from 2006-2022, board chair from 2015-2022. Menlo Park, Calif.

Stephen C. Neal is Chairman Emeritus of Cooley LLP. He has been with the firm since 1995 and is a resident in the Palo Alto office. Mr. Neal’s practice includes a variety of litigation, negotiation, and counseling services. He has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases, jury and non-jury, in federal, state, and administrative courts throughout the United States. Mr. Neal has represented numerous corporations and individuals in a wide range of civil and criminal investigations, and he has represented and advised audit committees and special committees of boards in numerous internal investigations.

Mr. Neal has represented and advised numerous boards of directors, special committees of boards and individual directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duties, and conflict of interest matters.

Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Neal was a partner and member of the Management Committee at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, chairperson of the Oversight Board Trust, and a member of the board of directors of NVIDIA. Mr. Neal received a J.D. from Stanford University in 1973 and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1970.

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