When you hire me, you can count on me to ask you a lot of questions, up front. I want to gather as much information as possible in order to determine what our best legal route is and ensure there are no unpleasant surprises. I also want to know your story, what matters most, what outcome you want, and what you consider a win.
Neil Burger is a versatile litigator whose resume includes non-compete, trade secret and other employment cases, real estate disputes, oil and gas litigation, breach of contract and tortious injury lawsuits, as well as business ownership disputes, and discrimination claims. In the area of non-competition disputes specifically, he has significant experience in both general business cases and disputes over physician employment agreements in particular. Neil has handled a client’s litigation matters in forums beyond trial and appellate courts, including before the Texas Workforce Commission, NLRB, EEOC, and SEC, as well as representing claimants and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings. Neil has also been lead counsel in complex cases involving land use disputes, both in trial court and before city boards.
Aware that litigators often have to act quickly—for example, when a former employee is poised to share valuable proprietary information or trade secrets—Neil is particularly adept at securing temporary injunction orders in order to prevent clients from suffering irreparable harm, the kind that money cannot repair. Such cases can be intense, the equivalent of condensing a year’s litigation into a short, high-stakes proceeding. Neil is up to the task. “You must be ready for any situation that comes up,” he explains. “And you must often deal with it immediately.”
Although his practice, for the most part, involves representing individuals and corporations in business disputes, Neil also dedicates significant time to pro bono work for people in need of legal representation but without the resources to obtain it. In one case, he and fellow Carrington Coleman lawyers secured the release of a Texas death-row inmate. The court held that the man’s original counsel had been ineffective, having failed to thoroughly investigate and present evidence of innocence. “Probably for the first time in that man’s life, he could feel that he had a team of people truly fighting for him,” Neil recalls. No matter who the client may be, he wants them to feel the same.
Clients know Neil to be a strategic thinker, skilled at evaluating and clearly explaining all of their options, as well as both the intended and possibly unintended ramifications of a particular course of action. His skills have brought him a wide commercial practice and recognition on Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyer listing in business litigation from 2013-2021.
I ask a lot of questions. I like to explain why I’m asking them. I’m trying to determine what our best legal route is.Neil R. Burger