Daniel P. Neelon

Mr. Neelon is the Firm’s managing member and focuses his practice on business transactional and business advisory matters (both domestic and international) and litigation related to business and professional disputes.    

Business Transactional and Advisory Practice    

Mr. Neelon’s experience includes providing advice, documentation, negotiation and strategies concerning the following:  

  • Acquisitions, mergers and dispositions of securities and assets
  • Broker-dealer contracts
  • Company plans for bonuses, profit-sharing and stock options
  • Company employee policy manuals
  • Company investigations of incidents and employees
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate legal strategies
  • Corporate organization
  • Domestic and transnational business contract negotiation and preparation
  • Energy exploration and development (onshore and offshore), and mining investments
  • Executive compensation
  • Executive evaluation
  • Hiring and releasing employees
  • Investment banking relationships
  • Joint ventures related to mining, oil and gas, and other businesses
  • Leases of real estate
  • Private securities placements
  • Restaurant acquisitions and dispositions
  • Securities compliance opinions
  • Technology and patent licenses

Sample Business Transactions and 

Corporate Representation

  • Representation of an oceanographic instrument development and manufacturing company in patent license acquisitions, sublicensing, international instrument sales, and contracts with national and government-funded research institutions.  
  • Representation of developing technology companies in the preparation of stock appreciation rights plans, stock option plans, stock grants, and related deferred compensation issues.
  • Representation of Thrive Networks, Inc. in a multi-million dollar merger transaction with a subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar household name company, 2006
  • Representation of a petroleum exploration and production company in $12 million disposition of a portion of a multinational exploration venture interest, 1990
  • Representation of a petroleum exploration and production company in the formation of an approximate $18 million multinational exploration venture, 1988
  • Representation of an acquiring company in a reverse takeover of a Canadian publicly traded mining company and its merger with a U.S. company, 1988
  • Representation of a petroleum project operator with respect to an oil exploration venture offshore South America, 1986

Civil Litigation Practice

Mr. Neelon’s experience includes civil litigation in the following areas:

  • Business contract disputes
  • Commercial collections
  • Fraud (business and financial) and securities fraud
  • Legal malpractice
  • Medical malpractice
  • Securities fraud
  • State taxation of natural resources
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Unfair and deceptive trade and business practices

Sample Litigation Matters   

  • Complex, multistate commercial and securities litigation    
  • Lead attorney in medical malpractice case settlements of $900,000 and $800,000
  • Lead attorney in litigating and obtaining a seven-digit settlement of a shareholder derivative action representing over 30 plaintiffs against an issuer of securities and a securities law firm in claims based on securities fraud, misrepresentation and malpractice, 2002
  • Lead trial attorney in Texas commercial and estate fraud case, resulting in a $1.8 million aggregate judgment based on an approximate $1.366 million jury damage verdict, 1997 (upheld on appeal)
  • Lead attorney in stopping, based on constitutional grounds, a southwestern state’s attempts to collect approximately $800,000 of severance taxes from a petroleum company’s operations on a Native American reservation, 1989

Honors and Awards  

Mr. Neelon has been named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer® or New England Superlawyer® in Business Law in Boston Magazine or Superlawyers® publications ten (10) times, in each of the years 2004-2010 and 2014-2016, and was one of two solo practitioners in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts named as a “Top Attorney in Corporate and Securities Law”, Business/Corporate Law, in the January/February 2009 national Super Lawyers®  Corporate Counsel Edition.

President, Barnstable County Bar Association, Barnstable, Massachusetts, June 2010-June 2011;

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum.   
                                  
Reported Cases

Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund v. Smith, 458 Mass. 561 (2010) (unanimous Supreme Judicial Court opinion establishing that the Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund’s statutory liability limit of $299,999 per claim applies separately to each claimant’s  claim and not to an aggregation of all claimants' claims arising from a medical incident);  Querner v. Rindfuss, 966 S.W.2d 661 (Tex. App.- San Antonio 1998, pet. rev. denied) (establishing that litigation privilege does not protect an attorney from liability for committing fraudulent financial acts in the course of litigation representation). 

Publications

"Asia Practice Pointer:  A Brief Summary of Certain Mongolian Investment and Business Laws", State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section Newsletter, Fall 2016 edition

"Federal Law and Trump's 'Mexican Judge' Comments", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Opinion, August 1, 2016, p.39 (with Caroline Schmittdiel, Esq.)

Editor, Barnstable County Bar Association’s Barrister Newsletter, 2006-2008.

Authored articles included: 

“Ethics, Money and the Law”, Barrister, Holidays 2009 edition

“OCABR’s Holiday Gift: Temporary Reprieve from Security and Encryption Compliance Deadline”, Barrister, Holidays 2008 edition

“Land of the Free?”, Barrister,  Spring 2008 edition

“Law Firm Retirement Payouts and Buyouts: Where Common Sense Business and Professional Ethics Clash”, Barrister, Holidays 2007 edition

“Continuing Inequities in Judicial Compensation”, Parts 1 and 2, Barrister, Winter 2007 and Spring 2007 editions

“Buyer Beware…of the Non-Signing Broker?”, Barrister, Fall 2006 edition

“Brief Notes on Illogical Laws”, Barrister, Winter 2006 edition 

Bar Admissions             

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State of Texas
  • Mongolia, Certificate of Foreign Admitted Lawyer, 2014

Education

  • B.A. in Foreign Affairs, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 1980.    
  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1983.
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