Neda Mansoorian Interview

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As McManis Faulkner’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Neda Mansoorian works across multiple client service teams to leverage her courtroom know-how and business acumen to benefit the firm’s clients. A restaurateur at age 21, Mansoorian founded a successful business before entering law school. This real-world business background gives her a keen and pragmatic insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by businesses, both large and small.

Although Mansoorian’s practice has frequently emphasized high-technology litigation matters, her clients are diverse and include corporations, small businesses, and individuals with legal disputes covering a wide range of issues.

Mansoorian has extensive trial experience. She continues to try cases before juries and the bench. She also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), having participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. Her ability and perseverance in representing clients in cases involving intellectual property, professional negligence, products liability and general negligence, high-asset marital dissolutions, wrongful termination, real estate disputes, and breach of contract, has resulted in many successful outcomes.

Education
• Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1999
• University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, 1994

Admitted to Practice
• California, 2000
• U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Representative Experience
• Lead trial attorney in a complex professional negligence case.
• Co-lead trial attorney in a four-month products liability action in Central California.
• Mansoorian’s experience includes serving as lead counsel in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

Professional Activities
• State Bar of California
• Santa Clara County Bar Association (President, Women's Lawyer Section; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Board of Trustees; Commissioner, President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity; Judge Pro Tem, Santa Clara County Superior Court)
• American Association for Justice (Member and Mentor, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus and Mentor Program)
• California Women Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors)
• University of San Francisco (Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program)

Articles and Publications
• "Expert Discovery: Never Overlook the Obvious," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Business Torts Section, Vol. 10, No. 3, Spring 2006
• "How to get Expert Testimony Admitted Into Evidence," National Business Institute, Co-Author and Presenter, Fall 2006

Awards and Honors
• Women of Influence Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2010
• TWIN Award, YWCA, 2010
• 40 Under 40 List, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2008
• Fellow, The American Bar Foundation

Community
• Next Door Battered Women's Shelter Support Network
• Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Language
• Farsi

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