Neel U. Sukhatme is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Neel received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, where he was awarded the 2014 Towbes Prize for Outstanding Teaching. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Neel 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 Illinois (inactive) and California, and he previously worked at Latham & Watkins LLP. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering (highest honors) with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. Neel also co-founded Spindrop, a music technology and Internet radio startup with a novel approach for automatically mixing songs.
In 2020, Neel co-founded Free Our Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization of data scientists, economists, and legal researchers that seeks to restore voting rights for former felons in Florida. These individuals are being denied their right to vote because they owe fines, fees, court costs, or restitution. Working with its partner Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Free Our Vote paid off fines/fees for over 1,000 former felons in Florida in time for the November 2020 election. Working with its partner the Campaign Legal Center, Free Our Vote also reached out to tens of thousands more, notifying them that they did not appear to owe disqualifying fines/fees and were therefore free to vote in the election.
Neel has published or forthcoming articles in the Harvard Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, American Law and Economics Review, International Review of Law and Economics, William & Mary Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Houston Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal, The Regulatory Review, and Competition Policy International. His current research focuses on empirical patent law and law and economics. He teaches Property, Patent Law, Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance: Quantitative Analysis and Valuation, and Empirical Analysis for Lawyers and Policymakers, and he co-directs the Georgetown Law and Economics Workshop series.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Former felons in Florida cast their first ballots in early voting," coverage by CBS News, October 26, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Neel Sukhatme.
"Florida convicted felons allowed to vote for 1st time in presidential election after completing sentences," coverage by ABC News, October 25, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Neel Sukhatme.
"In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote," coverage in ProPublica, October 7, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Neel Sukhatme.
"Florida felons face costly hurdle to voting in November, despite change in state constitution," coverage by USA Today, October 3, 2020, featuring Professor Neel Sukhatme.