Neil K. Gehlawat is a partner with the firm, concentrating his practice on civil rights, elder abuse, and employment cases.

Neil grew up in Bakersfield, graduated from Stockdale High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as a Notes Editor for the prestigious Texas Law Review and was a Regional Champion in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. His note, entitled “Monetary Damages and the (b)(2) Class Action: A Closer Look at Wal-Mart v. Dukes,” was published in the Texas Law Review.

Following law school, Neil returned to Bakersfield and joined the firm in 2012. He was named a partner at the end of 2015. He has become a rising star in the legal community as an advocate for civil rights, elder abuse and neglect victims, and others who have been wronged.

Neil has been selected for the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, which is granted to just 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 in the Southern California region. He was also named one of “20 Under 40 People to Watch” in Kern County, awarded to local residents under 40 years old succeeding in their professional fields, and also contributing to their local community in meaningful ways.

Outside of the office, Neil serves on the Advisory Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County, which assists victims of drunk driving crashes and fights to raise awareness of the impact of DUI crashes in the community. He is involved with the India Association of San Joaquin Valley, the New Lawyers Division Board for the Consumer Attorneys of California, and is also the founder of the Cal Alumni Chapter of Bakersfield. Together with his father, Dr. Dilbagh Gehlawat, the two have provided a substantial donation to help provide after-school and weekend tutoring for high school students in Delano, mentors for nearby elementary students, scholarships, and a summer bridge program. 


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  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2009
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2012


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California


  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Kern County Bar Association