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Neil J. Moran is a partner in The Freitas Law Firm, LLP, located in San Rafael, California, which he joined in 1981. He is licensed to practice law in the courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After high school, Neil lived in Belgium on an American Field Service Scholarship, and attended St. Josef’s College in Hasselt, Belgium. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977, where he was a member of the Letters and Science Scholars Program, served as student body president, and interned at the UC Student Lobby in Sacramento.

Neil received his law degree at Hastings College of the Law in May 1980, where he was an editor of the Communications and Entertainment Law Review and worked as an extern to Justice William A. Newsom, Jr. of the California Court of Appeal. After passing the Bar Exam, Neil started at the Sedgwick firm as a litigation associate. In 1981, Neil joined his present firm, where he earned his partnership in 1987.

Mr. Moran is a past president of the Marin County Bar Association (1994), past president of the San Rafael Business Improvement District (1995), past chairman and board member of the United States Selective Service Draft Board for Marin County (20 years), past president of the St. Anselm School Management & Finance Board and of the Bret Harte Heights Association of Homeowners.

Neil has served as a Judge Pro Tem, Discovery Referee, Special Master, Fee Dispute Panelist, Discovery Facilitator, Judicial Arbitrator and Settlement Panelist for the Marin County Courts. He also serves as a Special Master for the State Bar of California under Penal Code Section 1524.

Mr. Moran teaches trial advocacy at the University of San Francisco Law School Intensive Advocacy Program, and has taught similar courses at Hastings and Stanford Law schools. Neil lectures occasionally for the Marin County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

For the past 37 years Neil’s practice has emphasized civil litigation in the California state courts in the San Francisco Bay Area. His clients’ matters involve real estate, construction, trusts and wills, publishing royalties, commercial law, and occasionally personal injury. Mr. Moran devotes approximately 10% of his time to services as an expert witness, mediator, settlement panelist, and discovery facilitator for the courts.

Neil has tried 20 cases to jury verdict, and handled scores of court trials and binding arbitrations. Mr. Moran is a mediator and has settled scores of civil lawsuits for mediation clients. Neil has taken or defended over 2,000 depositions.

Since 1994 Mr. Moran has provided services as an expert witness, testifying approximately 20 times in deposition and five times in trial regarding attorneys’ standard of care, value of legal services, and related ethical norms. Neil has been recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2014, a recognition awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in the area. He is peer-rated AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0. Neil has taught at continuing legal education programs regarding motions for attorneys’ fees, handling landslide lawsuits, and litigating real estate non-disclosure lawsuits.

Neil’s wife Lynn Duryee is a retired judge of the Marin Superior Court. Lynn is a Professor of Civil Procedure at USF Law School, and a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS. She has published three books, including a collection of personal essays on judging, “With All Due Respect.” Lynn writes a popular column for The Bench, the magazine of California state judges.

After graduation from St. Ignatius Prep in 2005, daughter Katie Moran graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCSB with All-American Athletic and Academic honors. Katie taught at Balboa High School through Teach for America. In 2016, Katie graduated summa cum laude from USF Law School, and is now an Assistant District Attorney in Contra Costa County.

Daughter Sarah Moran graduated with All Ivy academic honors from Harvard where she rowed four years on the Women’s Varsity Crew Team. Following two years’ employment at Spotify, Sarah enrolled at Hastings College of the Law where she is now in her final semester.

Practice Areas

Trust Law
Real Estate
ADA Defense
Construction Law
Professional Liability
Contested Wills
Business Law
Unfair Competition
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediator, Arbitrator, and Referee


University of California at Santa Barbara - B.A.
   - Student Body President
Hastings College of the Law - University of California, San Francisco - J.D.
   - Articles Editor of the Hastings Law Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law
   - Judicial Extern for California Court of Appeal, Justice William A. Newsom, Jr.


The State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Marin County Bar Association – President in 1994
San Rafael Business Improvement District – President in 1995
U.S. Selective Service Draft Board for Marin County (1984-2004)
St. Anselm School Board – President
Discovery Referee, Judicial Arbitrator, and Settlement Panelist
The State Bar of California – Special Master (pursuant to Penal Code Section 1524)

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