Neil K. Gehlawat is a partner with the firm, concentrating his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights 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.
Neil was recently 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. Neil currently serves on the planning committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County’s annual “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash,” which raises funds to help put an end to drunk driving locally, and also assist victims of drunk driving. He is active with the India Association of San Joaquin Valley, serving as Treasurer. Neil also serves as membership chairman for the New Lawyers Division Board for the Consumer Attorneys of California, as a member of the technology committee for Kern County Bar Association, and is also the founder of the Cal Alumni Chapter of Bakersfield.
Neil is currently involved in the following high-profile cases:
- – A wrongful death claim brought by the family of Nancy Joyce Garrett, who was struck and killed by a Kern County Sheriff’s patrol car while she drove home.
- – Wrongful death claim brought by the family of a boy who died after not receiving proper medical attention at school.
- – Claims brought by two juvenile girls who were sexually assaulted on separate occasions by two different correctional officers while they were at a Kern County juvenile hall.
- – Elder neglect lawsuit brought by the family of a 77-year-old man who drowned in a senior living facility pool.
- $3.4 million settlement in 2016 on behalf of the family of a man who was beaten to death by several law enforcement officers.
- A $2.85 million settlement on behalf of family members of a man who suffered fatal injuries when the defendant crossed a double yellow line while driving and slammed head-on into him.
- A $2.35 million settlement on behalf of a man who suffered injuries when the driver of a truck failed to stop and rear-ended his vehicle.
- A $2 million settlement in 2013 on behalf of a young man who sustained serious injuries in a railroad accident.
- Two separate settlements in the amount of $275,000 and $235,000 on behalf of two clients who suffered major injuries when they were bitten by dogs.
- A $1 million settlement in a wrongful death claim brought by the family of a developmentally disabled man who was killed at a residential facility in Lamont.
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2009
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2012
- 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