Neal A. Sarkar

Associate

Neal A. Sarkar

Associate

Neal A. Sarkar is a trial attorney with experience resolving a broad range of business and commercial disputes.  His cases are in state and federal court, and he represents both plaintiffs and defendants.  Mr. Sarkar’s practice includes contract disputes; tort claims, in particular breach of fiduciary duty and fraud; whistleblower claims; trade secret litigation; enforcing/challenging covenants not to compete; energy litigation; construction litigation/arbitration; and shareholder-rights litigation.  A number of these cases involve disputes valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Mr. Sarkar’s practice also includes counseling clients in government investigations, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

On cases in which he has served as lead counsel, Mr. Sarkar has obtained a seven-figure final judgment, secured a seven-figure settlement, and won complete victories at the summary judgment stage.

He was named to the 2021 list of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” for commercial litigation. This is a national peer review award developed by Best Lawyers in America to target associates for their outstanding professional excellence early in their careers.

Mr. Sarkar came to AZA from Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the Chicago International Journal of Law and represented indigent defendants charged with federal crimes in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. His experience also includes an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Prior to law school, Mr. Sarkar worked as a management consultant at Fidelity Consulting Group in Boston.  Mr. Sarkar earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Sarkar was named the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in the Greater Houston area by the Houston Young Lawyers Association. The annual awards recognize an attorney who best demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the legal profession and service to the community.  Mr. Sarkar was also named on the 2018-2020 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in business litigation. Rising Stars, a list compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.  In 2017, Mr. Sarkar received the Rising Star Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

Neal A. Sarkar is a trial attorney with experience resolving a broad range of business and commercial disputes.  His cases are in state and federal court, and he represents both plaintiffs and defendants.  Mr. Sarkar’s practice includes contract disputes; tort claims, in particular breach of fiduciary duty and fraud; whistleblower claims; trade secret litigation; enforcing/challenging covenants not to compete; energy litigation; construction litigation/arbitration; and shareholder-rights litigation.  A number of these cases involve disputes valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Mr. Sarkar’s practice also includes counseling clients in government investigations, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

On cases in which he has served as lead counsel, Mr. Sarkar has obtained a seven-figure final judgment, secured a seven-figure settlement, and won complete victories at the summary judgment stage.

He was named to the 2021 list of “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” for commercial litigation. This is a national peer review award developed by Best Lawyers in America to target associates for their outstanding professional excellence early in their careers.

Mr. Sarkar came to AZA from Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the Chicago International Journal of Law and represented indigent defendants charged with federal crimes in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. His experience also includes an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Prior to law school, Mr. Sarkar worked as a management consultant at Fidelity Consulting Group in Boston.  Mr. Sarkar earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Sarkar was named the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in the Greater Houston area by the Houston Young Lawyers Association. The annual awards recognize an attorney who best demonstrates professional proficiency, service to the legal profession and service to the community.  Mr. Sarkar was also named on the 2018-2020 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in business litigation. Rising Stars, a list compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.  In 2017, Mr. Sarkar received the Rising Star Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

EDUCATION

  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD
    • Chicago Journal of International Law
    • Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
    • Edward T. Hinton Moot Court Competition
  • Dartmouth College, BA History, High Honors cum laude
    • Received the Steven S. Rosenthal ‘71 Prize for the most outstanding thesis in non-western history
    • Attended Tuck Business School Bridge Program

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HONORS

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association Ambassador – 2015-2017
  • South Asian Bar Association – Houston Chapter, President-Elect
  • American Constitution Society – Houston Lawyers’ Chapter, Chair
  • Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Member
  • New Leaders Council, Mentorship Chair

PUBLICATIONS AND CLE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Motions for Summary Judgment: Avoiding Common Pitfalls,” Panelist, Houston Young Lawyers Association CLE Boot Camp Series, Houston, October 2018.
  • “Managing Party Exclusion in Trade Secrets Litigation,” Houston Bar Association seminars, Houston, August 2017.
  • “Managing Party Exclusion in Trade Secrets Litigation after In re: M-I, LLC,” Harris County Annual Judicial CLE, San Antonio,  August 2017.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2021 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”
  • 2018-2020 Texas Rising Star honors for business litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business
  • 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas named by the Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Greater Houston named by the Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Rising Star Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America

IN THE NEWS

EDUCATION
  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD
    • Chicago Journal of International Law
    • Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
    • Edward T. Hinton Moot Court Competition
  • Dartmouth College, BA History, High Honors cum laude
    • Received the Steven S. Rosenthal ‘71 Prize for the most outstanding thesis in non-western history
    • Attended Tuck Business School Bridge Program
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HONORS
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association Ambassador – 2015-2017
  • South Asian Bar Association – Houston Chapter, President-Elect
  • American Constitution Society – Houston Lawyers’ Chapter, Chair
  • Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Member
  • New Leaders Council, Mentorship Chair
PUBLICATIONS AND CLE PRESENTATIONS
  • “Motions for Summary Judgment: Avoiding Common Pitfalls,” Panelist, Houston Young Lawyers Association CLE Boot Camp Series, Houston, October 2018.
  • “Managing Party Exclusion in Trade Secrets Litigation,” Houston Bar Association seminars, Houston, August 2017.
  • “Managing Party Exclusion in Trade Secrets Litigation after In re: M-I, LLC,” Harris County Annual Judicial CLE, San Antonio,  August 2017.
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2021 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”
  • 2018-2020 Texas Rising Star honors for business litigation, a list compiled by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business
  • 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas named by the Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Greater Houston named by the Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Rising Star Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America

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