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Neil Mullin


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Neil Mullin obtained his B.A. and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1976. In 1979, he received his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School and soon began working within the field of employment law. In 1986, he co-founded Smith Mullin & Kiernan, the firm that would eventually become Smith Mullin. Neil Mullin boasts a storied career of over thirty years. During this time, he has maintained an approximate 90 percent success rate in matters tried to a verdict or final bench decision. He has achieved substantial jury verdicts in the field of employment law including a $9.1 million verdict in a glass ceiling sex discrimination/retaliation case (Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright), a $10 million dollar verdict in a fraudulent representation case involving ex-Giant Phil McConkey (McConkey v. AON Corporation), a $7.3 million dollar verdict in a discrimination case involving the termination of a television anchor person (Kessler v. WWOR-TV), a $7 million dollar verdict in a case arising under New Jersey’s whistle blower act (Mehlman v. Mobil), a $2.8 million verdict in a case involving sexual orientation discrimination (Caggiano v. Fontoura), and a $2.6 million dollars in a handicap discrimination case brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (Levinson v. Prentice-Hall).

Neil Mullin is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also sat for four years on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section. From 1993 through 1997, Neil Mullin served as President of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inns of Court, which was the United States’ first inn of court devoted exclusively to employment law.

Neil Mullin is a frequent lecturer in employment law matters, has spoken at state and federal judicial conferences, and is a regular speaker for both the New Jersey State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association. In September of 2009, at the invitation of the Industrial Law Society, he and his partner Nancy Erika Smith lectured at Oxford University in England on developments in U.S. Employment Law. He has appeared as a television commentator on Court TV and has been interviewed by many news agencies as an expert in the field of civil rights and employment law.

Among his many recognitions, Neil Mullin has been consistently listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication and in Superlawyers Top 100. Martindale-Hubbell has also awarded Neil Mullin an “AV” rating, the highest rating available for any individual lawyer. He is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Neil Mullin is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars (1980); the U.S. District Court of New Jersey; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court.

Awards and Accolades

  • Anne Frank Award from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect – June 2017

*Neil Mullin was selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • Employment
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Qui Tam


  • New York, 1979
  • New Jersey and U.S. District Court, 1980
  • District of New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


  • Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1976, Magna Cum Laude


  • American Bar Foundation
    • Elected Fellow, May 2015
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Federal Procedure and Practice Committee
  • Individual Rights Committee
  • Executive Committee (Labor and Employment Section)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Reitman Employment Inn of Court (President)