Neel is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Economics at Princeton University. He is the first student in recent departmental history to pass general exams in three fields (Finance, Labor Economics, Development Economics). He was also the 2012-13 Richard A. Lester Fellow for Industrial Relations at Princeton.
In 2005, Neel received his J.D. (cum laude, ~89th percentile) from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Hon. Ann Claire Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Neel is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois and previously worked as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering (highest honors) with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 2001. He relied on his technical background both when practicing law as a patent attorney, and as lead programmer and patent counsel for Spindrop, a music technology company that he co-founded in 2010.
Neel has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and Harvard International Law Journal. His current research focuses on law and economics, empirical patent law, and empirical civil procedure. He has presented his research at numerous academic conferences and taught Law and Economics as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in 2010. Neel plans to go on the legal academic market in the fall of 2014.