Ariel Neuman is a trial lawyer who clients turn to for their most high-profile civil cases and criminal investigations.

A former Assistant United States Attorney, his work includes defending a Fortune 150 company against criminal charges at trial, representing members of Congress in relation to grand jury investigations, leading an internal investigation for a major league sports franchise, and defending the largest minority-owned brokerage firm in a high-stakes business dispute. For over a decade, he has served as visiting faculty at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Mr. Neuman has led teams of lawyers in numerous jury trials involving complicated issues of fraud and misconduct. He has experience litigating and arbitrating cases around the country, and regularly takes on cases against the biggest law firms, as well as government regulators such as the SEC and DOJ. He is often called upon to conduct internal investigations related to accounting issues, False Claims Act allegations, potential FCPA violations, workplace personnel issues, and related matters for national and multinational corporations, or represent corporate executives and board members at companies experiencing such investigations.

He advises clients in matters involving securities fraud, claims of anti-competitive conduct, environmental crimes, health care fraud, money laundering, tariff issues, tax crimes, and other offenses. He also routinely represents companies and individuals involved in bet-the-company litigation.

Before joining Bird Marella in 2014, Mr. Neuman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for nearly seven years. Mr. Neuman was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, and received numerous commendations and awards for his service. He led numerous high profile investigations and prosecutions of white collar and violent crimes, and was also responsible for the domestic portion of several international investigations. During his tenure at the US Attorneys’ office, Mr. Neuman handled cases involving securities fraud, tax evasion, real estate fraud, health care fraud, art fraud, bank fraud, drug offenses, counterfeit currency, computer crimes, and more. He is among the most experienced federal RICO prosecutors in the country now in private practice, having prosecuted over 200 individuals for violating federal racketeering laws.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, Student Body President, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Honors & Awards

    • Ranked, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers and Partners USA, 2021
  • Up and Coming, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers and Partners USA, 2019-2020

  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021-present

  • Impact Case of the Year: People v. Plains All American Pipeline, Benchmark Litigation, 2020

  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2020

  • Rising Star: White Collar, Law360, 2019

  • Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2019

  • Top 40 Under 40, Daily Journal, 2018

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018-present

  • Southern California Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine, 2015-2017

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2014

  • U.S. Department of Justice, 2012

  • California Narcotics Officers Association, 2011

  • Peace Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County, 2011

  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, 2010

  • Anti-Defamation League, 2010

  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, 2008

Representative Cases

  • Representative Matters at Bird Marella

    Conducted an internal investigation for a major league sports team.

  • Won appeal of order securing demolition of real estate developer Mohamed Hadid’s illegal and dangerous Bel-Air mansion.

  • Successfully defended Plains All American Pipeline, a Fortune 150 company, in a four-month trial based on criminal charges filed by the California Attorney General’s Office and Santa Barbara DA’s Office, related to an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Obtained dismissal of 37 out of 46 counts.

  • Represents real estate developer charged with making an illegal bribe to a Los Angeles City Councilmember.

  • Obtained full return of over $4 million in cash seized from client, and convinced US DOJ to abandon the case.

  • Represented multiple members of Congress in various grand jury investigations.

  • In “bet-the-company” litigation, defeated a preliminary injunction demand that would have shuttered oil-services business and required firing of all employees.

  • Represented one of the largest minority-owned broker/dealers in a FINRA arbitration and successfully defeated a demand for a permanent injunction regarding certain business practices related to muni bonds and fixed income investments.

  • Represented a financial professional involved in a dispute with his former business partners, who attempted to freeze Mr. Neuman’s client’s out of the partnership and deprive him of his rightful assets and membership interests. The matter was confidentially settled to the satisfaction of Mr. Neuman’s client.

  • Represents a doctor in an investigation by the DOJ related to various health care fraud allegations. Mr. Neuman convinced the Assistant U.S. Attorney to reverse a decision to indict the client on charges of billing for non-existent or medically unnecessary procedures.

  • Representing a CFO and part owner of a media holding company against money laundering and Travel Act charges in connection with the recent indictment in Arizona relating to Backpage.com, as well as in connection with numerous related forfeiture proceedings in Los Angeles.

  • Represented a patent attorney under investigation for violation of the Hobbs Act (extortion involving threats of financial harm). Mr. Neuman set the stage for his client to get immunity from the Department of Justice.

  • Represented an individual under investigation for antitrust, anti-competitive activities in the public works construction area. The investigation was closed without any charges being filed against Mr. Neuman’s client.

  • Represented an immigration attorney charged with securities fraud and other violations by the SEC related to the attorney’s work on behalf of clients seeking EB-5 visas.

  • Represented two prominent physicians under investigation for alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The United States Attorney’s Office and Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, closed the investigation without filing any charges against Mr. Neuman’s clients.

  • Conducted an internal investigation for the Chinese subsidiary of a US-based technology company. The investigation focused on possible FCPA and tax violations, and was concluded without any finding of wrong-doing.

  • In major federal trade-based money laundering prosecution, secured settlement for client that resulted in dismissal of money laundering charges. Mr. Neuman and his colleagues successfully argued for the suppression of evidence illegally seized from one of the client’s business locations.

  • Represents a corporate executive facing a civil contempt action brought by the Federal Trade Commission. This case is on hold while other litigation continues, but to date Mr. Neuman has successfully prevented the FTC from deposing his client.

  • Represented a number of witness subpoenaed to testify by the California Attorney General before a criminal grand jury in Riverside County. Several of the witnesses were granted immunity as a result of Mr. Neuman and his colleagues’ efforts.

  • Representative Matters at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
    In a three-week jury trial of a defendant charged with crimes related to tax evasion, art theft, and art fraud, Mr. Neuman and a colleague secured convictions on all charges. Mr. Neuman joined the case only weeks before trial, took over opening and closing arguments as well as the examination of numerous key witnesses, and earned accolades for his trial advocacy skills from colleagues and onlookers.

  • Mr. Neuman led the investigation and prosecution of over a dozen defendants involved in a $20 million mortgage and bank fraud scheme involving short sale and lending fraud on over 35 properties around Southern California. Among the defendants was a former bank officer who accepted bribes to manipulate the bank’s short sale process. Mr. Neuman received a special commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his efforts in this matter.

  • Mr. Neuman and a colleague obtained a conditional guilty plea on the day of trial from a licensed medical doctor who admitted issuing prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic drugs and other medications without a legitimate medical purpose and in exchange for cash. Mr. Neuman successfully defended the conviction before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

  • After a Santa Barbara-based hotel developer and former bank officer defrauded various banks and credit unions and obtained millions of dollars in loans, Mr. Neuman secured a pre-indictment guilty plea and an order of restitution for the victims.

  • In a matter that garnered world-wide media attention, Mr. Neuman and a colleague secured the extradition to Mexico of a producer of television shows such as “Survivor” and “Pimp My Ride.” In Mexico, the defendant faced charges of murdering his wife at a Cancun resort and then fleeing back to the United States.

  • Mr. Neuman has prosecuted over 200 defendants for violations of federal racketeering (“RICO”) laws. The defendants were members and associates of the Mexican Mafia, as well as several Los Angeles-based gangs. As part of these and related cases, Mr. Neuman won several jury trials where defendants were convicted of RICO charges, murder conspiracy charges, alien smuggling offenses, firearms offenses, and narcotics distribution charges. His efforts were recognized repeatedly in awards and commendations from various organizations.

Affiliations

  • Visiting Faculty, Harvard Law School: Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Board Member, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Board of Directors, American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee, Southern California Regional Subcommittee
  • Member, American Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section, Section of Litigation
  • Member, Federal Bar Association: Federal Litigation Section, Criminal Law Section, Health Law Section, Securities Law Section
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board Member, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

Recent News & Events

Other News & Events

  • Moderator, "The Harvard Admissions Case & Race-Based Affirmative Action," Sinai Temple Men's Club, July 2021
  • Panelist, “Dealing with Coordinated Prosecutions: Multi-Jurisdiction, Multi-Agency, and Cross-Border,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 20, 2019
  • Interviewee, “Russian Hack Charges Offer Rare Look At Spy Vs. Spy Battles,” Law360, July 19, 2018
  • Interviewee, “Lawyers who advise EB-5 visa clients face SEC scrutiny,” Daily Journal, January, 2018
  • Interviewee re criminal groups that avoid detection and target international trade companies for money laundering, KNX-AM, December, 2017
  • Interviewee re trial strategy, “Defense in San Bernardino County corruption trial rests after half a day,” Daily Journal, July, 2017
  • Interviewee re False Claims Act and qui tam provision, “LA hospital settles fraud claim with $42M payout,” Daily Journal, June, 2017
  • Interviewee, “Can Families Sue Facebook For Violent Videos of Victims?,” International Business Times, April, 2017
  • Interviewee, "Pick the Right Law School for Criminal Law Practice," U.S. News & World Report, March, 2017
  • Panelist, 31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, "Significant Legal Developments in the Regions," American Bar Association, March 8, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, CLE Luncheon, "Ethical and Effective Use of Advance Wavers in Criminal and Civil Cases," Federal Bar Association, July 28, 2016
  • Interviewee, Feature Story on U.S. Supreme Court’s Opinion on Betterman v. Montana, Law360, May 20, 2016
  • Interviewee, Feature Story on Criminal Investigation of Theranos, STAT News, April 19, 2016
  • Speaker, “Criminal Tax Cases: Priorities, Practices, And Tactics,” Tax Resolution Institute, July 17, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, Discussion on Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in Fatal LAX Shooting, KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio, January 5, 2015
  • Guest Interviewee, Feature Story on FBI Seizure of LAUSD iPad Documents, The Associated Press, December 2, 2014
  • Panelist, Fall Seminar, “Hospice, Home Health and Physical Therapy - Government Audits and Investigations,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, November 7, 2014
  • Panelist, Crowdfunding Forum for Real Estate, “Managing Risks, Including Fraud, Inherent in Crowdfunding,” IMN, September 9, 2014

Publications

Ariel Neuman is a trial lawyer who clients turn to for their most high-profile civil cases and criminal investigations.

A former Assistant United States Attorney, his work includes defending a Fortune 150 company against criminal charges at trial, representing members of Congress in relation to grand jury investigations, leading an internal investigation for a major league sports franchise, and defending the largest minority-owned brokerage firm in a high-stakes business dispute. For over a decade, he has served as visiting faculty at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Mr. Neuman has led teams of lawyers in numerous jury trials involving complicated issues of fraud and misconduct. He has experience litigating and arbitrating cases around the country, and regularly takes on cases against the biggest law firms, as well as government regulators such as the SEC and DOJ. He is often called upon to conduct internal investigations related to accounting issues, False Claims Act allegations, potential FCPA violations, workplace personnel issues, and related matters for national and multinational corporations, or represent corporate executives and board members at companies experiencing such investigations.

He advises clients in matters involving securities fraud, claims of anti-competitive conduct, environmental crimes, health care fraud, money laundering, tariff issues, tax crimes, and other offenses. He also routinely represents companies and individuals involved in bet-the-company litigation.

Before joining Bird Marella in 2014, Mr. Neuman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for nearly seven years. Mr. Neuman was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, and received numerous commendations and awards for his service. He led numerous high profile investigations and prosecutions of white collar and violent crimes, and was also responsible for the domestic portion of several international investigations. During his tenure at the US Attorneys’ office, Mr. Neuman handled cases involving securities fraud, tax evasion, real estate fraud, health care fraud, art fraud, bank fraud, drug offenses, counterfeit currency, computer crimes, and more. He is among the most experienced federal RICO prosecutors in the country now in private practice, having prosecuted over 200 individuals for violating federal racketeering laws.

Representative Cases

  • Representative Matters at Bird Marella

    Conducted an internal investigation for a major league sports team.

  • Won appeal of order securing demolition of real estate developer Mohamed Hadid’s illegal and dangerous Bel-Air mansion.

  • Successfully defended Plains All American Pipeline, a Fortune 150 company, in a four-month trial based on criminal charges filed by the California Attorney General’s Office and Santa Barbara DA’s Office, related to an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Obtained dismissal of 37 out of 46 counts.

  • Represents real estate developer charged with making an illegal bribe to a Los Angeles City Councilmember.

  • Obtained full return of over $4 million in cash seized from client, and convinced US DOJ to abandon the case.

  • Represented multiple members of Congress in various grand jury investigations.

  • In “bet-the-company” litigation, defeated a preliminary injunction demand that would have shuttered oil-services business and required firing of all employees.

  • Represented one of the largest minority-owned broker/dealers in a FINRA arbitration and successfully defeated a demand for a permanent injunction regarding certain business practices related to muni bonds and fixed income investments.

  • Represented a financial professional involved in a dispute with his former business partners, who attempted to freeze Mr. Neuman’s client’s out of the partnership and deprive him of his rightful assets and membership interests. The matter was confidentially settled to the satisfaction of Mr. Neuman’s client.

  • Represents a doctor in an investigation by the DOJ related to various health care fraud allegations. Mr. Neuman convinced the Assistant U.S. Attorney to reverse a decision to indict the client on charges of billing for non-existent or medically unnecessary procedures.

  • Representing a CFO and part owner of a media holding company against money laundering and Travel Act charges in connection with the recent indictment in Arizona relating to Backpage.com, as well as in connection with numerous related forfeiture proceedings in Los Angeles.

  • Represented a patent attorney under investigation for violation of the Hobbs Act (extortion involving threats of financial harm). Mr. Neuman set the stage for his client to get immunity from the Department of Justice.

  • Represented an individual under investigation for antitrust, anti-competitive activities in the public works construction area. The investigation was closed without any charges being filed against Mr. Neuman’s client.

  • Represented an immigration attorney charged with securities fraud and other violations by the SEC related to the attorney’s work on behalf of clients seeking EB-5 visas.

  • Represented two prominent physicians under investigation for alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The United States Attorney’s Office and Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, closed the investigation without filing any charges against Mr. Neuman’s clients.

  • Conducted an internal investigation for the Chinese subsidiary of a US-based technology company. The investigation focused on possible FCPA and tax violations, and was concluded without any finding of wrong-doing.

  • In major federal trade-based money laundering prosecution, secured settlement for client that resulted in dismissal of money laundering charges. Mr. Neuman and his colleagues successfully argued for the suppression of evidence illegally seized from one of the client’s business locations.

  • Represents a corporate executive facing a civil contempt action brought by the Federal Trade Commission. This case is on hold while other litigation continues, but to date Mr. Neuman has successfully prevented the FTC from deposing his client.

  • Represented a number of witness subpoenaed to testify by the California Attorney General before a criminal grand jury in Riverside County. Several of the witnesses were granted immunity as a result of Mr. Neuman and his colleagues’ efforts.

  • Representative Matters at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
    In a three-week jury trial of a defendant charged with crimes related to tax evasion, art theft, and art fraud, Mr. Neuman and a colleague secured convictions on all charges. Mr. Neuman joined the case only weeks before trial, took over opening and closing arguments as well as the examination of numerous key witnesses, and earned accolades for his trial advocacy skills from colleagues and onlookers.

  • Mr. Neuman led the investigation and prosecution of over a dozen defendants involved in a $20 million mortgage and bank fraud scheme involving short sale and lending fraud on over 35 properties around Southern California. Among the defendants was a former bank officer who accepted bribes to manipulate the bank’s short sale process. Mr. Neuman received a special commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his efforts in this matter.

  • Mr. Neuman and a colleague obtained a conditional guilty plea on the day of trial from a licensed medical doctor who admitted issuing prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic drugs and other medications without a legitimate medical purpose and in exchange for cash. Mr. Neuman successfully defended the conviction before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

  • After a Santa Barbara-based hotel developer and former bank officer defrauded various banks and credit unions and obtained millions of dollars in loans, Mr. Neuman secured a pre-indictment guilty plea and an order of restitution for the victims.

  • In a matter that garnered world-wide media attention, Mr. Neuman and a colleague secured the extradition to Mexico of a producer of television shows such as “Survivor” and “Pimp My Ride.” In Mexico, the defendant faced charges of murdering his wife at a Cancun resort and then fleeing back to the United States.

  • Mr. Neuman has prosecuted over 200 defendants for violations of federal racketeering (“RICO”) laws. The defendants were members and associates of the Mexican Mafia, as well as several Los Angeles-based gangs. As part of these and related cases, Mr. Neuman won several jury trials where defendants were convicted of RICO charges, murder conspiracy charges, alien smuggling offenses, firearms offenses, and narcotics distribution charges. His efforts were recognized repeatedly in awards and commendations from various organizations.

Affiliations

  • Visiting Faculty, Harvard Law School: Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Board Member, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Board of Directors, American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee, Southern California Regional Subcommittee
  • Member, American Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section, Section of Litigation
  • Member, Federal Bar Association: Federal Litigation Section, Criminal Law Section, Health Law Section, Securities Law Section
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board Member, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

News & Events

Bird Marella Secures Multimillion-Dollar Verdict Against Embattled Developer Mohamed Hadid

Bird Marella prevailed in the highly-publicized trial against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid regarding the hillside mansion in Bel Air he illegally constructed. After years of hard-fought litigation, Bird Marella obtained orders to fully demolish the home (after first securing partial demolition), won a multimillion-dollar award in damages at trial, and defeated Hadid’s ...

Bird Marella Showcases Top-Tier Legal Talent with 19 Attorneys Named Among the 2022 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch by U.S. News. Nearly half of the firm’s entire roster of attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers as outstanding attorneys in their respective areas of expertise.   The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)  Terry W. Bird  ...

Chambers USA Names Bird Marella “One of the Best Litigation Firms in the State of California” and Recognizes Eight Principals in its 2021 Rankings

Recognized as one of the leading boutique law firms in both California and the country, Bird Marella’s complex civil and white-collar criminal litigation practices received top marks in Chambers’ 2021 rankings. With a number of the firm principals individually ranked for legal excellence, Bird Marella outperforms in the courtroom, and ...

Bird Marella Wins Appeal On Order Requiring Demolition of Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air Mansion

Bird Marella attorneys Gary Lincenberg, Ariel Neuman, Shoshana Bannett, and Jimmy Threatt obtained a victory in the California Court of Appeal, which clears the way for demolition of real estate developer Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air mansion. On March 4, 2021, the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order appointing a receiver and ordering the demolition of the ...

15 Bird Marella Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list:  Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck  (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg Vincent J. Marella Ronald ...

18 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Terry W. Bird – Commercial Litigation, ...

Bird Marella Recognized as a Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2020

Chambers and Partners, internationally regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has recognized Bird Marella as a leading law firm in its 2020 edition of Chambers USA. The firm received practice rankings in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and “Litigation: General Commercial.” In ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named Among 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck Gary S. Lincenberg – Criminal Defense: White Collar (Top 100) Vincent J. ...

Other News & Events

  • Moderator, "The Harvard Admissions Case & Race-Based Affirmative Action," Sinai Temple Men's Club, July 2021
  • Panelist, “Dealing with Coordinated Prosecutions: Multi-Jurisdiction, Multi-Agency, and Cross-Border,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 20, 2019
  • Interviewee, “Russian Hack Charges Offer Rare Look At Spy Vs. Spy Battles,” Law360, July 19, 2018
  • Interviewee, “Lawyers who advise EB-5 visa clients face SEC scrutiny,” Daily Journal, January, 2018
  • Interviewee re criminal groups that avoid detection and target international trade companies for money laundering, KNX-AM, December, 2017
  • Interviewee re trial strategy, “Defense in San Bernardino County corruption trial rests after half a day,” Daily Journal, July, 2017
  • Interviewee re False Claims Act and qui tam provision, “LA hospital settles fraud claim with $42M payout,” Daily Journal, June, 2017
  • Interviewee, “Can Families Sue Facebook For Violent Videos of Victims?,” International Business Times, April, 2017
  • Interviewee, "Pick the Right Law School for Criminal Law Practice," U.S. News & World Report, March, 2017
  • Panelist, 31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, "Significant Legal Developments in the Regions," American Bar Association, March 8, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, CLE Luncheon, "Ethical and Effective Use of Advance Wavers in Criminal and Civil Cases," Federal Bar Association, July 28, 2016
  • Interviewee, Feature Story on U.S. Supreme Court’s Opinion on Betterman v. Montana, Law360, May 20, 2016
  • Interviewee, Feature Story on Criminal Investigation of Theranos, STAT News, April 19, 2016
  • Speaker, “Criminal Tax Cases: Priorities, Practices, And Tactics,” Tax Resolution Institute, July 17, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, Discussion on Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in Fatal LAX Shooting, KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio, January 5, 2015
  • Guest Interviewee, Feature Story on FBI Seizure of LAUSD iPad Documents, The Associated Press, December 2, 2014
  • Panelist, Fall Seminar, “Hospice, Home Health and Physical Therapy - Government Audits and Investigations,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, November 7, 2014
  • Panelist, Crowdfunding Forum for Real Estate, “Managing Risks, Including Fraud, Inherent in Crowdfunding,” IMN, September 9, 2014

Publications