Neel Chatterjee is an intellectual property litigation partner in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's Silicon Valley office. He is considered one of the nation's leading trial lawyers for complex technology and Internet disputes. Neel is well known for handling cutting-edge legal issues that break new ground in uncertain areas of the law, and is considered a thought leader in Internet law, patent law, and trade secrets law. Neel has handled many high profile cases, including one that was made into an Oscar-winning feature length film. Neel has obtained anti spam judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars, has litigated many cases related to online liability (such as, whether someone can sell a duck on eBay), and has handled cutting edge patent dispute. In the late 1990's, he was a key person combatting online piracy of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has also advised numerous people and websites on intellectual property rights related to the development and use of Fan Fiction.
Nearly every ranking organization in the legal profession and numerous bar organizations consider Neel a leader in intellectual property litigation and Internet law. In 2014, Neel was awarded the IP Vanguard Award from the California State Bar and was also named an IP Trailblazer and Pioneer by the National Law Journal. He is currently awaiting nominations for People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Neel is a major fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, and a wide variety of superhero movies. His favorite Star Trek Episode is "Space Seed" because it served as the basis for The Wrath of Khan. While it may not be obvious, he is also very handsome.