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Malcolm S. McNeil

Malcolm S. McNeil

Arent Fox LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Malcolm McNeil is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox, where he focuses on litigation, business, and transactional matters involving international clients. He has approximately 30 years of litigation and commercial experience in a wide variety of matters including business/commercial, construction (defect and coverage issues), employment disputes, administrative proceedings, family law, probate, media and entertainment, intellectual property, partnership dissolutions and real property. Malcolm also has 18 years of experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator.

Malcolm focuses on litigation 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 available to assist in 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 in the Beijing International Arbitration Commission.

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 and construction disputes, including defect and environmental issues.
  • Employment: Cases involving employment compensation agreements, including executive employment agreements, discrimination cases and wrongful termination.

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.


Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member
  • USC School of Law’s Institute for Corporate Counsel, Advisory Board Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Board of Governors Member 
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission, Panel Arbitrator
  • Shenzhen International Arbitration Association, Panel Arbitrator
  • Hong Kong Association of Southern California, Board Member
  • International Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, China Committee Section on International Law, Co-Chair
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Past President and Current Member
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Member
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Member
  • Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Member
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • University of La Verne Law School, International Civil Litigation, Adjunct Professor

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions


  • Author: "The World is Not Enough – Or is It?," Financier Worldwide (June 2013)
  • Co-author: "SLAPP: Malpractice Coverage Impacted Increasingly by Recent Decisions ," Insurance Advocate (May 21, 2012)
  • Author: "Corporate and Board Member Liability: Developments in the Post-Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley Environment," International Law Journal and Newsletter, LACBA (May 7, 2009)


  • Bioenergy Economic & Policy and Sustainable Development (Moderator), Presented by: 5th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy, Xi’an, China, September 24, 2015
  • 2015 International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) Conference, (Moot Court Judge) Presented by: Leiden University, Beijing, China, April 9, 2015
  • How To Series, (Moderator) Presented by: International Association of Young Lawyers, Hong Kong, China, March 29, 2014
  • 2013 LegalPorts Conference, (Moderator) Presented by: Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Long Beach Bar Association & Keesal, Young & Logan Long Beach, CA, September 26, 2013
  • 6th Annual Global Outsourcing Summit (Speaker), June 15, 2013
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Seminar (Speaker) Presented by: International Association of Young Lawyers, February 1, 2013
  • Your Passport to Getting the Information You Need from Abroad: The Nuts and Bolts of International Discovery (Speaker) Presented by: Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Barristers Workshop and the International Law Committee, Beverly Hills, CA, May 29, 2012
  • Recent Legal and Business Developments in Global Trade (Chair) Presented by: Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2012
  • Due Diligence Investigations: What To Look for and How to Find It (Panelist) Presented by: International Investigations Seminar, San Francisco, CA, March 16, 2012
  • Contract Session: Sales/Distribution Agreements (Speaker) Presented by: The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) International Trade & Transport Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, October 14, 2011
  • International Protection of Life Sciences Advancements (Speaker) Presented by: BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Bioenergy Dalian, China, April 26, 2011
  • Practical Issues for Doing Business Abroad (AKA Expect The Unexpected ... Or Stay Home!) (Speaker) Presented by: International Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association: 2010 Annual Seminar For Corporate Counsel Temecula, CA, September 25, 2010
  • Emerging Market Summit (Speaker) Presented by: AP-CEO Changchun China, September 1-4, 2010
  • International Financial Law and Institutions – Islamic Banking Issues, Latin American Trends and Asian Future (Speaker) Presented by: Southwestern Law School: 2021 International Law Ten Years from Now, Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2011
  • Representing Foreign Parties in Lawsuits (Speaker) Presented by: State Bar of California 82nd Annual Meeting, September 11, 2009
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the U.S. (Speaker) Presented by: Los Angeles County Bar Association International Section Presentation to Law Society of England and Wales, Los Angeles, CA, August 2, 2010
  • The Nuts and Bolts of International Arbitration and Litigation (Speaker) Presented by: Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section Inglewood, CA, June 16, 2010
  • Work-Life Balance and the Economic Crisis: Is Work-Life Balance Dead? (Speaker) Presented by: ABA: 2010 Spring Meeting, New York, April 13, 2010
  • How To Handle An International Client (Presenter) Presented by: State Bar of California, Section Education Institute, March 11, 2010
  • Civil Liability of Board Members in the United States: Lessons from Enron and Worldcom (Speaker) Presented by: The 3rd Annual Global Outsourcing Summit, September 3, 2009


  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Named to “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Legal Leaders (2013)
  • Recognized by the Southern California edition of SuperLawyer (2014 and 2015)
  • Named an honorary lifetime member to the Lahore High Court Bar Association for his efforts to free imprisoned Pakistani attorneys

Bar and Court Admissions

California Bar
District of Columbia Bar
US Supreme Court
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States Court of International Trade


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, JD

Antioch University, BA

Life Beyond the Law

Malcolm sits on the Board of Regents for California Lutheran University; he is a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and current Board Member Chair of the Enrollment Management Committee of Woodbury University, and past chair of the Board of Trustees of Antioch University Los Angeles. Malcolm is also a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Artists (BAFTA) in Los Angeles.

Practices and Industries

Complex Litigation

International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


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