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Malcolm Stephen McNeil

Business Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 25 years
    California - CA 40 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About Malcolm

Learn Malcolm’s areas of practice.

Malcolm has 32+ years experience in litigation, mediation, corporate and corporate formation, general business, employment, real estate and insurance matters. 

Malcolm is admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuits, Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to the US Court of International Trade,

Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell law directory.

Litigation Background

Malcolm has tried court and jury tirals in both State and Federal Courts in the field of national and international business, wills and trust, employment and insurance matters.  The diverse litigation experience gives him added insight to take an  entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and dispute resolution. Malcolm is a panel arbitrator for the Shenzhen International Arbitration Commission and the Beijing International Arbitration Commission.

Business Transactions

Malcolm is actively involved in handling transactional matters, and has close working relationship with businesses on a regional and international scale.

This permits him to negotiate effectively for international clients, from Company formation to decision making in a business context.  


Appointed as a neutral on the Los Angeles Superior Court panel, and as a settlement officer on the Attorney Settlement Officer Panel, United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Also appointed as a Panel Mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO").

His mediation experience includes a wide variety of legal disputes, emphasizing multiparty and international business disputes involving employment, construction, securities, ongoing transactional disputes, and family disputes.

International Law

In international matters, his experience spans international litigation, corporate, business, real estate and insurance matters in North and Latin America, Europe and China. 

China Experience

Appointed as counselor to governmental and commerical concerns in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), and is also acting as an advisor to the cities of Shenyang, Dandong and Benxi on trade, business entities formation, international arbitration, such as CIETAC, and other wills and trust related matters. 

He is enthusiastically and actively engaged in hosting for delegations of prominent Chinese Governmental Officials, Chinese attorneys, and elite business people coming from various cities of PRC, including but not limited to, Beijing, Shanghai, Fujing, Shangdong and Guangdong Provinces. 

Speaking Engagement

Malcolm's expertise in the field of business law, litigation, employment, arbitration law, international law, and insurance law has led to numerous engagements for regional, national and international organizations.  Please see details about this part in the section below. 


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555 West 5th Street, 48th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90013-1065

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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Antioch College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles City College
  • AA
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Frank Wells v. Compton Unified School District, et al.
  • Settlement of $145,000 to plaintiff


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Honorary President
  • N/A
  • International Association of Young Lawyers
  • President
  • 2000 - 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • NAFTA CHAPTER 11 & 9
  • International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ISCID) and Chapter 9
  • 2008
  • Lawyer's Life Style Issues
  • Work/Life Balance: The Billable Hour vs. Flat Fee
  • 2008
  • Getting Out of Trouble in China
  • Effective Legal Solutions For Major Business Disputes
  • 2008
  • Cross Border Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Investing in the US
  • 2008
  • 2008
  • Board Member Liability
  • Civil Liability of Board Members In The United States: Lessons From Enron and Worldcom
  • 2007
  • Growing Into A Global Legal World
  • The Battle of Laws and Jurisdictions
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Malcolm is a superb lawyer and one of the best networkers I know. We worked together as cocounsel on a wrongful termination matter, and he proved to be an able and experienced litigator. Additionally, we shared office space for several years, and Malcolm was a congenial and jovial colleague."
Business Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Malcolm McNeil is a bright attorney with a legendary sense of humor. He's respected by other lawyers and cherished by his clients. His office is filled with museum-quality artifacts, including ceremonial daggers and swords. Perhaps he uses them to cut through red tape, because his clients tell me that whatever the job, he gets it done efficiently and quickly. Always with an international bent, since he joined the Hawaii-based firm of Carlsmith Ball, he's had increasing influence on business dealings around the Pacific Rim. And "off duty" he's fun to be with too."
Estate planning

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Malcolm Stephen McNeil
Business Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 40 years