“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neil Gehlawat is an attorney at AlderLaw, concentrating his practice on personal injury, civil rights, and employment cases. Prior to joining AlderLaw, Neil was a partner at a reputable plaintiff’s firm, where he helped secure more than $50 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients in five years. Neil represented the family of David Silva, who was beaten and asphyxiated by police, in a civil rights case that received international media coverage and resulted in a $3.4 million settlement for the victim’s family.
Many of Mr. Gehlawat’s cases have received significant media attention. He obtained the largest settlement known to date ($2.1 million) in California against a public entity for dog-bite injuries. He is representing Tatyana Hargrove in her lawsuit against the Bakersfield Police Department – a case in which officers mistook her for a male suspect and assaulted her. Neil’s work on behalf of victims of police misconduct and elder abuse has been profiled in The Guardian and the New York Times.
Mr. Gehlawat graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to obtain at his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was an editor for the Texas Law Review and a regional champion in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocate Advocacy Competition. Super Lawyers Magazine has named him a “Rising Star” in Southern California, an honor bestowed upon the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the region.
Mr. Gehlawat is the current Chair of the New Lawyers Division for the Consumer Attorneys of California and a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. In his spare time, Neil enjoys traveling and playing tennis. He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.