Mr Neil Steiner > Dechert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797
United States
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Neil A. Steiner has extensive experience representing hedge funds, investment advisers, corporations and their senior executives in white collar defense matters; SEC, New York Attorney General and other regulatory investigations; internal investigations; securities litigation; and complex commercial disputes. Mr. Steiner’s clients appreciate his astuteness as a business-oriented problem solver and the strategic skills he has gleaned from numerous trials.

Mr. Steiner is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was lead counsel for plaintiffs challenging the State of Ohio’s failure to provide voter registration applications to applicants for public assistance, and obtained the Sixth Circuit’s ruling, in a matter of first impression, that federal law required state officials to ensure compliance by political subdivisions of the State. The subsequent settlement of that litigation has resulted in more than 400,000 low-income Ohio citizens registering to vote in the last two years. Mr. Steiner is lead counsel for the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP in a similar litigation against the State of Georgia, and recently won a ruling that the federal law applies to public assistance applications submitted by telephone or over the internet in addition to in-person applications. He is also co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union in a litigation challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s voter identification laws.

Mr. Steiner oversees Dechert’s participation in the Justice Resource Center’s MENTOR program, through which he and a group of litigation associates mentor and coach the moot court and mock trial teams for the High School for American Studies in the Bronx. The team has consistently finished in the top three in the citywide moot court competition. He has also led the effort to expose the team members to the professional world and inspire them to excel and strive for greater achievements in their lives.


  • Duke University, A.B., 1994, magna cum laude
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1997, magna cum laude

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United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Dechert LLP handles a varied mix of merger-related cases concerning change of control and transactional litigation for private equity funds, sovereign investors and major corporations. The firm has experienced trial lawyers capable of handling matters filed in federal or state courts across the US, including the main corporate litigation hub of Delaware. David Kistenbroker and David Kelley lead the trials, investigations and securities practice from Chicago and New York, respectively. Kistenbroker frequently representing public companies in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger cases, SEC investigations, internal investigations and corporate governance disputes. With Joni Jacobsen and up-and-coming partner Angela Liu—both in Chicago—Kistenbroker advised Molson Coors on matters arising from its $12bn acquisition of SABMiller’s interest in MillerCoors. In New York, key partner Neil Steiner has a similarly diverse practice, acting on behalf of hedge funds, investment advisers, corporations and  senior executives.