Neel U. Sukhatme


Graduate Associate

Neel is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Economics at Princeton University. He is the first student in recent departmental history to pass general exams in three fields (Finance, Labor Economics, Development Economics).  He is also the recipient of the Richard A. Lester Fellowship for Industrial Relations (2012-13) and the Clarence J. Hicks Memorial Fellowship in Industrial Relations (2014-15) at Princeton.

In 2005, Neel received his J.D. (cum laude, ~89th percentile) from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of theHarvard Law Review.  After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Hon. Ann Claire Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Neel is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois and previously worked as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering (highest honors) with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 2001.  He relies on his technical background both when practicing law as a patent attorney, and as lead programmer and patent counsel for Spindrop, a music technology company that he co-founded in 2010.

Neel has published or has articles forthcoming in the Harvard Law ReviewWilliam & Mary Law ReviewWashington and Lee Law Review, and Harvard International Law Journal.  His current research focuses on empirical patent law, empirical civil procedure, and law and economics.  He has been invited to present his research at numerous academic conferences, including the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting.  He also taught Law and Economics as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in 2010, and received the 2014 Towbes Prize for Outstanding Teaching at Princeton.  Neel plans to go on the legal academic market in the fall of 2014.

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