Neil A.F. Popović: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Neil A.F. Popović


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Healthcare
  • Class Action Defense
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Environmental
University University of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1983
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1987 Note and Comment Editor, California Law Review; Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, M.A., 1992 Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; Academy of European Law, Summer Session, 1995
Admitted1987, California; United States Supreme Court


•Advisor to the Executive Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of California

•American Health Lawyers Association

•American Society of International Law

•Board of Directors, EarthRights International

•Board of Directors, Center for Youth Development Through Law

•Advisory Board, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment

•Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice & Diversity Center, successor to the Volunteer Legal Services Program

•International Law Association (American Branch)

•Northern California International Arbitration Club


Mr. Popovic is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office and is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice.

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Mr. Popovic's litigation experience includes a wide range of commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, white collar criminal matters (including internal investigations) and international litigation (including international arbitration) and counseling. Mr. Popovic has developed expertise in legal issues related to environmental marketing, as well as federal preemption. Mr. Popovic also practices international environmental law, including representing clients in international negotiations. He teaches courses in International Litigation and Arbitration and International Environmental Law at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). His commercial practice includes extensive experience litigating matters under California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professionals Code section 17200.

Mr. Popovic has represented a variety of clients including, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, The Republic of Argentina,, Caremark, Inc., CCOF, Concern Sojuzvneshtrans, Dah Mei Silk Weaving Fty. Co., Ltd., Earthjustice, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Fiji Water Company LLC, The FRS Company, Julia Butterfly Hill, Home Americair of California, Hospital of Barstow, Inc., iGlobe Partners, IMPAX Laboratories, ITT Sheraton Corporation, Lenovo, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, MCI, Inc., Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Muzak Limited Partnership, Nelson & Associates, MDS Nordion, Palm Inc., Polyprima Karyareksa, PT, RSA Security Inc., The Republic of Congo, Roll International Corporation, Seagate Technology, ValleyCare Health System, Veritable Vegetable, Inc., and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, he was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco; before that, he was an attorney with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund International Program in San Francisco; and prior to that, he practiced with a San Francisco civil and criminal litigation boutique.


•Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2012, 2013

•Leading Environmental Practices Lawyer, The Recorder, 2012

•Top 10 Pro Bono Efforts of 2012


Mr. Popovic served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and Santa Ana.
Mr. Popovic was a judicial extern for Justice Joseph R. Grodin of the Supreme Court of California.


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Sovereign Litigation in Latin America: Top Five Issues To Think of When Doing Business With a Latin American Country
Juan C. Castañeda,Alejandro E. Moreno,Neil A.F. Popović, August 28, 2014
“We are in the soup” exclaimed, federal judge Thomas Griesa, referring to Argentina allegedly defaulting on its sovereign bonds. And so we are.

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Neil A.F. Popović

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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