October 2, 2016

Neda Mansoorian


Founding Partner

Crisis & Risk Management

Business & Litigation Consulting & Strategy


Using her 20 years of combined skills as a trial lawyer and later, as a crisis manager resolving unusual, sensitive matters for high-profile clients, Neda is a “go-to” problem-solver and business strategist.

Neda’s ability to calmly guide and counsel stakeholders through high-conflict situations is another hallmark of her success.  In part, this can be attributed to her early experience in catastrophic injury cases, interfamilial and partnership disputes and employment matters, all of which required establishing an authentic connection with those in distress and deep turmoil.  Relying on these interpersonal skills, Neda’s tactful and astute demeanor in crisis management and high-stakes business matters has similarly inspired the trust and confidence of the individuals, companies and law firms she has helped to discreetly avoid reputational, business and relationship damage.

Significant leadership roles have also contributed to Neda’s strategic style and dexterity.  Before her career in law, Neda founded and operated a successful high-end restaurant that has remained in her family for 25 years.  Prior to co-founding Oleander Law Partners and becoming its Managing Partner, Neda served as the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Committee Member of Silicon Valley trial firm, McManis Faulkner.  Neda’s cherished tenure also as President of California Women Lawyers provided a rare opportunity to represent over 32,000 lawyers in California and to serve as a balanced and consensus-building leader of CWL’s 23-member Board of Governors. 

These diverse experiences have enriched Neda with a practical, insightful and tenacious spirit that aids her as an all-around problem-solver and leader.


  • Top 100 Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016-present 
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016-present
  • AV-Rated; Client & Peer Preeminent-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014-present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Lifetime Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Top Rated Litigation Attorneys Selection, Super Lawyers, 2014-present 
  • Distinguished Diversity Service Award, IABA, 2015
  • Top Female Powerbrokers, Law360, 2014
  • Top Ten Women Leaders in Law, The Recorder, 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Top Emerging Law Firm Leaders in California, The Daily Journal, 2013
  • Tribute to Women Executives in Industry (TWIN) Award, YWCA, 2012
  • Women of Influence Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2010
  • Top Rising Stars, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2009 & 2010
  • Top 40 Business People Under 40, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2008


  • Past President, California Women Lawyers
  • Past President, California Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Past Chair, CWL In-House Counsel Network (IHCN)
  • Creator & Chair, IHCN Signature Puzzle Program Series
  • Commissioner, President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity, SCCBA
  • Planning Committee, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Brent Awards
  • 2-Term Past President, Women Lawyers Section of Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Mediator, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Fall 2019
  • Speaker, ABA Annual Conference:  High-Tech Business Strategies & Networking
  • JAMS Roundtable Guest Speaker: Creative Resolution Strategies in Employment Law
  • Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program, USF School of Law
  • Frequent Speaker on topics, such as Diversity & Inclusion; Law Firm Management; Career Advancement Strategies for Women; Rainmaking Skills; Reputation Management; Maintaining Privacy Rights for High-Profile Public Figures; High-Impact Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
  • Published articles and quoted in the Daily Journal and the Recorder on topics, such as leadership; effective decision-making; diversity in the legal profession; law firm management; and pay-it-forward mentorship and sponsorship
  • Member, Iranian American Bar Association
  • Member, Armenian American Bar Association
  • Member, ABA, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, ABA, Section on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
  • Executive Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Santa Clara County Bar Association


  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Women’s Negotiation Academy, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley  


  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California