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Daniel P. Neelon

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Transactional and Business Advisory Matters (both domestic and international)
  • Litigation-Business and Professional Disputes
  • Civil Litigation Practice


Mr. Neelon focuses his practice on business transactional and business advisory matters (both domestic and international) and litigation related to business and professional disputes.  

Business Transactional and Advisory Practice    

Mr. Neelon's experience includes providing advice, documentation, negotiation and strategies concerning the following:  

  • Acquisitions, mergers and dispositions of securities and assets
  • Broker-dealer contracts
  • Company plans for bonuses, profit-sharing and stock options
  • Company investigations of incidents and employees
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate legal strategies
  • Corporate organization
  • Domestic and transnational business contract negotiation and preparation
  • Energy exploration and development (onshore and offshore), and mining investments
  • Executive compensation
  • Executive evaluation
  • Hiring and releasing employees
  • Investment banking and financing relationships
  • Joint ventures related to mining, oil and gas, and other businesses
  • Leases of real estate
  • Private securities placements
  • Restaurant acquisitions and dispositions
  • Select tax issues
  • Securities compliance opinions
  • Technology and patent licenses

Sample Business Transactions and
Corporate Representation 

  • Representation of an entrepreneur regarding a foreign bank acquisition
  • Representation of an oceanographic instrument development and manufacturing company in patent license acquisitions, sublicensing, international instrument sales, and contracts with national and government-funded research institutions.
  • Representation of developing technology companies in the preparation of stock appreciation rights plans, stock option plans, stock grants, and related deferred compensation issues.
  • Representation of companies and shareholders in multi-million dollar merger, acquisition, and share exchange transactions.

Civil Litigation Practice

Mr. Neelon's experience includes civil litigation in the following areas: 

  • Business contract disputes
  • Commercial collections
  • Fraud (business and financial)
  • Securities fraud
  • Legal malpractice
  • Medical malpractice
  • State taxation of natural resources
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Unfair and deceptive trade and business practices

Sample Litigation Matters   

  • Complex, multistate commercial and securities litigation
  • Obtained multiple settlements in federal securities fraud case
  • Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and damage settlement in trade secret misappropriation case
  • Obtained federal bankruptcy court order denying a debtor's discharge from bankruptcy on the basis of fraud
  • Obtained unanimous opinion of The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund v. Smith, 458 Mass.561 (2010)
  • Lead attorney in litigating and obtaining a seven-digit settlement of a shareholder derivative action representing over 30 plaintiffs against an issuer of securities and a securities law firm in claims based on securities fraud, misrepresentation and malpractice, 2002
  • Lead trial attorney in Texas commercial and estate fraud case, resulting in a $1.8 million aggregate judgment based on an approximate $1.366 million jury damage verdict, 1997 (upheld on appeal)
  • Lead attorney in stopping, based on constitutional grounds, a southwestern state's attempts to collect approximately $800,000 of severance taxes from a petroleum company's operations on a Native American reservation, 1989


Current Position

  • Member

Past Positions

  • Chuska Resources Corporation and Subsidiaries, Director, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, 1988 – 1992


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Vice President, John Bassett Moore Society of International Law
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (1980)
    • Major: Foreign Affairs

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Specialties and Certifications

  • Mongolia, Certificate of Foreign Admitted Lawyer, 2014


  • Massachusetts SuperLawyer® or New England Superlawyer® in Business Law or International Law in Boston Magazine or Superlawyers® publications, 2004-2010 and 2014-2022.
  • Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers(R) Business Edition Annual Directory 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • President, Barnstable County Bar Association, 2010 - 2011
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Published Works

  • "Asia Practice Pointer: A Brief Summary of Certain Mongolian Investment and Business Laws", State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section Newsletter, Fall 2016 edition
  • "Federal Law and Trump's 'Mexican Judge' Comments", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Opinion, August 1, 2016, p.39 (with Caroline Schmittdiel, Esq.)
  • Editor, Barnstable County Bar Association’s Barrister Newsletter, 2006-2008.
  • “Ethics, Money and the Law”, Barrister, Holidays 2009 edition
  • “OCABR’s Holiday Gift: Temporary Reprieve from Security and Encryption Compliance Deadline”, Barrister, Holidays 2008 edition
  • “Land of the Free?”, Barrister, Spring 2008 edition
  • “Law Firm Retirement Payouts and Buyouts: Where Common Sense Business and Professional Ethics Clash”, Barrister, Holidays 2007 edition
  • “Continuing Inequities in Judicial Compensation”, Parts 1 and 2, Barrister, Winter 2007 and Spring 2007 edition
  • “Buyer Beware…of the Non-Signing Broker?”, Barrister, Fall 2006 edition
  • “Brief Notes on Illogical Laws”, Barrister, Winter 2006 edition


  • Italian