Richard E Neff

Richard Neff is the founder of Neff Law Firm, where he focuses on technology, ecommerce, media and copyright law, with a strong specialty in international transactions and intellectual property enforcement.

He previously ran Neff Law Group, a prominent technology and ecommerce legal boutique with 12 employees renowned for its international expertise, from 1992 until mid-2004. At that time, four of the lawyers from Neff Law Group joined the prominent Los Angeles-based firm, Greenberg Glusker, known for its entertainment and media practice.

At Greenberg Glusker for 5-1/2 years, Neff chaired that firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. His practice focused primarily on licensing and other complex transactions for technology, Internet and media companies, with unique expertise in both copyright and international transactions.

Neff was also one of two Greenberg Glusker delegates to The World Law Group, an impressive network of law firms based in approximately 45 countries, used as the cross-referral network of choice by its members ( In that capacity, Neff was able to deepen his broad network of international law firms and attorneys.

In 2009 he was named Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Technology Council of Southern California (, and became a Board member of the Technology Council, the largest technology-based trade association in Southern California.

His clients cite his strong business focus, practical problem-solving mind, negotiation skills and international acumen as part of his appeal. He is also known for a high degree of client service, and rapid turnaround time.

Prior to 1992, he was Ashton-Tate Corporation’s Deputy General Counsel, International Legal Affairs. Ashton-Tate was then the largest technology company in Southern California, until its acquisition by Borland in late 1991. In 1991, he was Chairman of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and had been on its Board since 1989. Before that he was a lawyer in Washington, D.C., including at Covington & Burling and Arnold & Porter.

Richard E Neff



  • JD, Yale Law School
  • Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • BA, Cornell University
  • Cornell Arts College Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
  • Fulbright Scholar, Lima Peru


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2010 and 2011
  • Board of Directors, Technology Council of Southern California, and Co-Chair, Digital Media Society
  • Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Frequent State Dept. Distinguished Speaker in Latin America
  • Cornell Alumni Association


  • Spanish [fluent]
  • Portuguese [reading fluency]
  • French [reading fluency]


  • NAFTA: Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in North America (with Fran Smallson), Shepard’s McGraw-Hill, 1994
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies: Licensing Technology and Content: Important Considerations, Aspatore Books, 2007