Stephen C. Neal
(Board member since 2006) Menlo Park, California
Professional Affiliation: Chairman and CEO, Cooley LLP (Palo Alto, CA)
Stephen C. Neal is Chairman of Cooley LLP and a member of the firm’s management committee. He has been with the firm since 1995 and is 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 also chairman of the board for Levi Strauss & Co. and chairman of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Mr. Neal received a J.D. from Stanford University in 1973 and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1970.