Malcolm McNeil

Malcolm McNeil, JD

Arent Fox

Outside Counsel to PRCDA

Malcolm has over 35 years of litigation and commercial experience in a wide variety of matters including business/commercial, construction (defect and coverage issues), employment disputes, administrative proceedings, trade secrets, probate, media and entertainment, intellectual property, partnership dissolutions, and real estate. Malcolm also has 25 years of experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator. He is a panel mediator for the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Malcolm has litigated issues for a wide variety of businesses including those in the venture capital formation, retail, textile, manufacturing, import/export, real estate investment, aviation and publishing industries. He is keenly aware of the legal and business needs of his clients, and provides strategic solutions to commercial disputes that help enable his clients’ businesses to keep moving forward. He also has experience in cross-border negotiations and has an established network of colleagues throughout the globe assisting foreign countries as needs arise. Malcolm’s practice has included representation of clients in most forums, including a range of administrative forums, statewide and nationally. Known for his leadership and accomplishments, particularly for clients with business interests in China, Malcolm is a panel member on the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, the Beijing International Arbitration Commission, and the Harbin Arbitration Commission. Malcolm serves as the co-leader of Arent Fox’s International Group, and is the vice president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Client Work

Recently, Malcolm and his team successfully represented a Chinese-based fabricated steel shelving manufacturer in a breach of contract claim in federal court, where a jury awarded his client a verdict of more than $3.3 million.

Malcolm has recently mediated/arbitrated the following cases:

  • General Commercial: Broad range of complex civil cases involving issues of contract interpretation, buy-sell agreements (including appraisals of real property and businesses), unfair competition, and insurance coverage disputes.
  • Partnership Disputes: Partnership disputes and dissolutions involving a variety of businesses, including professional medical partnership disputes.
  • Real Property: Real property matters have included commercial landlord/tenant disputes, construction, including defect and environmental issues.
  • Employment: Employment compensation agreements, executive employment agreements, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination matters.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Malcolm was the leader of the International Practice Group at a national law firm. He was also the principal in his own practice for 20 years focusing on an international base of clients located throughout Europe and Asia.