October 2, 2016

Neda Mansoorian



Founding Partner


  • Commercial/Business
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Hospitality

Crisis Management

  • Pre-litigation Counseling and Facilitation
  • Risk Prevention

Lawyers call on Neda to resolve their cases, because of her ability to skillfully uncover and resolve the hidden issues that otherwise hold parties in deep conflict.  Having litigated complex cases in diverse subject matters and first-chaired lengthy jury and bench trials, Neda understands the worries that keep lawyers and their clients awake at night.  Using her combined skills as a natural negotiator and as a trial lawyer with 20 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Neda is known as a “closer” in the legal community.  Her hardworking and personal approach to dispute resolution not only results in settlements, but also adds to her longtime reputation as an expert strategist.

Neda’s ability to reassure, empathize and authentically connect with lawyers and their clients is another hallmark of her career success.  In part, this can be attributed to her early litigation and settlement experience with catastrophic injury and emotionally-charged employment matters, all of which required a deep understanding of the human condition. 

Her unique perspective into the intersection between psychological motivators and legal issues has helped Neda pave a clear path to resolution in otherwise intractable conflicts.  Calling upon those same interpersonal skills, Neda’s calm, tactful and astute demeanor in crisis management has similarly inspired the trust and confidence of the individuals, companies and law firms she assists in avoiding reputational damage, runaway PR trains and the destruction of financial and personal relationships.

Past leadership and business roles have also informed Neda’s mediation 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 a Senior Partner and Chief Legal Officer at the Silicon Valley trial firm of McManis Faulkner.  Neda’s cherished tenure as President of California Women Lawyers provided a rare opportunity to represent over 32,000 lawyers in California and to serve as a fair 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 a mediator and all-around problem solver.


  • 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


  • Mediator, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Fall 2019
  • Speaker, ABA ADR Conference–Presented by JAMS:  High-Tech Business Strategies & ADR
  • JAMS Roundtable Guest Speaker: Creative Resolution Strategies in Employment Law
  • Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program, USF School of Law
  • Frequent Speaker on topics, such as Rainmaking Skills; Reputation Management in the Internet Era; 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, ABA, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, ABA, Section on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
  • President, California Women Lawyers
  • President, California Women Lawyers Foundation
  • Chair, CWL In-House Counsel Network (IHCN)
  • Creator & Chair, IHCN Signature Puzzle Program Series
  • President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity, SCCBA
  • Member, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • President, Women Lawyers Section of Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 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