Farley J. Neuman


415.705.0404 | fneuman@gnhllp.com | Partner

Farley J. Neuman is a founding partner at Goodman Neuman Hamilton LLP with decades of litigation experience. While he continues to advise a few long-time clients, he devotes most of his time to mediating cases. (See www.FarleyNeumanADR.com.) He has successfully mediated a wide range of cases, from medical malpractice to wage-and-hour cases, and is known for his thorough preparation, his refusal to give up, and his ability to find avenues around impasses. (See “A Few Good Mediators” published in the Daily Journal.)

He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, including large corporations (such as United Airlines, McKesson Corporation and River City Bank) and local and national accounting firms (such as Armanino LLP, BPM, and Crowe LLP). He has also represented many individuals as plaintiffs, recovering tens of millions of dollars for them in cases involving employment disputes, insurance coverage, personal injuries, and unfair business practices.

Mr. Neuman, a 1981 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, was a CPA who began his career with a former “Big 8” accounting firm before commencing the practice of law.  He is admitted to practice law in California and Illinois and has handled cases in Illinois, Virginia, Utah and throughout California.

Mr. Neuman has served: as a settlement attorney for the Santa Clara County Superior Court; as an arbitrator and a pro tem judge for the San Francisco Superior Court; as a member of the panel of arbitrators for the New York Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange and the American Arbitration Association; and as a judge for Stanford Law School’s appellate advocacy program. He was the founder and president of The College Bound Foundation, a non-profit mentoring program for at-risk youth in San Francisco, and served on the Board of Trustees of Gateway Public Schools. He currently volunteers with Catholic Charities to handle immigration asylum cases.

Mr. Neuman has lectured frequently on topics such as the fundamentals of trial practice and the use of expert witnesses.  He has contributed to two books: as a consultant to the editors of Wrongful Employment Termination Practice (2d ed. CEB 1997); and as a contributing author of two editions of California Civil Discovery Practice (3d ed. CEB 1998 and 4th ed. CEB 2006).  He also has published numerous legal articles, including “Jury Research:  Can You Afford Not To Do It?,” “Analyzing Prejudgment Interest Issues in Tort Actions,” “Basic Filing Deadlines for California Employment Discrimination Cases,” “Conducting Discovery Beyond the Code,” “A Perspective on Economical Litigation,” “CPA Has No Liability to Third Parties for Review of Financial Statements,” “Accounting Issues in Litigation: A Referee Can Blow the Whistle,” and a comment on “Frame v. Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.”

Mr. Neuman enjoys the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating (AV) awarded to individual attorneys, and has repeatedly been named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine and San Francisco magazine.

He has two children and lives with his wife near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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