Neil joined Better Finance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he was one of the founding attorneys in the Office of Enforcement. At the CFPB, Neil led investigations and provided legal counsel on bank and non-bank supervision examinations. He helped author the Bureau's first substantive rulemaking, which modified Regulation E to address remittance transfers.
Previously, as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, he litigated on behalf of and counseled a variety of federal agencies on corporate and financial matters, such as government loan guarantees, insurance, and bankruptcies. He also held legal positions at a large law firm, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. headquarters of a multinational company.
Neil is an active member of the State Bar of California, where he is Vice Chair of the Consumer Financial Services Committee. He is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association, as well as a Licensed Solicitor of England and Wales (inactive) and Licensed Real Estate Broker. Prior to practicing law, Neil served as co-founder, CEO, CFO and COO of multiple startups in Silicon Valley, as an investment banker in New York, and as a U.S. diplomat in the People's Republic of China.
Neil holds an LLM from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, Bachelors and Masters degrees from Tufts University, a Specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.