Neda N. Dal Cielo is a litigator who focuses her practice on civil lawsuits and administrative proceedings involving allegations of:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Employment discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Other related claims arising out of employment disputes

She appears in state and federal courts and has experience with administrative actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Labor Commissioner, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She also represents employers in Title VII proceedings, including race, sex, religious and age harassment and discrimination; unfair competition proceedings; and state and federal wage and hour litigation.

She represents clients in arbitration and mediation, assists with investigations, and provides compliance counseling.

Additionally, Neda advises employers on:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • The California Business and Professions Code
  • Employee terminations
  • Litigation avoidance
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Developing personnel policies and procedures
  • Workplace violence
  • Pre-employment screening
  • Federal and state wage and hour issues
  • Employment agreements
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Drug and alcohol testing

She also conducts in-house employment law training programs and risk management audits to help employers avoid employment-related liability. She most frequently works with hospitals, retailers, and high-tech companies.

Neda has taught classes on sexual harassment, discrimination, reductions-in-force and alternative dispute resolution for the Law and Human Resources Management program at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension. She also has made numerous presentations on specialized areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, arbitration, and layoffs and downsizing. 

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


State Bar of California


Labor and Employment Law Section

Santa Clara County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Employment Law Update Including New California Paid Sick Leave Law

Santa Clara, CA

August 5, 2015
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2014 and 2015

San Jose, CA

February 5, 2014

Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Laws

Conference of the Americas - Ius Laboris, Miami, FL

November, 2010
Digital Dangers: Recent eDiscovery Developments and Trends, Littler Briefing

San Jose, CA

October 2, 2008


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., Santa Clara University, 1989cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California