Paul Neale is the Chairman and CEO of DOAR, Inc., the leading global consulting firm advising lawyers at top tier law firms and major corporations involved in high-stakes, complex legal disputes. As CEO, Paul guides the direction of the firm, including new business initiatives and investor relations. He leads the company’s executive team, oversees growth strategies for DOAR’s core practice areas, and ensures that the firm maintains its reputation for excellence and innovation.
Paul has successfully led the growth of DOAR through organic initiatives and M&A transactions including the recapitalization of the company by Veronis Suhler Stevenson in 2005, the spin-off of Inference Data LLC in 2008, the acquisition of smaller consulting groups, and the management-led buyout of VSS’ equity interest in 2015.
With more than 30 years of experience in litigation consulting, Paul is regarded as a preeminent thought leader in litigation strategy and has advised top attorneys involved in some of the most prominent regulatory, civil, and criminal cases in the nation. He has worked with investment banks, mutual funds, private equity firms, hedge funds, insurers, and individuals involved in cases stemming from the dotcom bubble, the assault on Wall Street, and the 2008 financial crisis. He actively provides counsel to partners and attorneys at top law firms on their litigation challenges and routinely consults on disputes involving partnership dissolution, theft of trade secrets, insurance coverage claims, breach of contract, and bankruptcy.
Paul holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University.
As CTO, Gene Klimov sets the standard for the implementation and development of innovative technology systems and solutions for the firm. He oversees all creative aspects of information design and marketing and is a founding architect on advanced trial technology services.
Gene has decades of experience guiding lawyers on the effective use of technology to enhance their litigation strategies. He provides counsel on critical data management issues, including evidence preservation, data retention, and electronic data production. He also focuses on current technology issues surrounding cybersecurity and innovations in blockchain technology to help clients stay ahead of the curve.
During his tenure at DOAR, Gene has pioneered the process of real-time data collection and analysis during voir dire and monitoring post-selection. He also developed the technology systems used in the National Advocacy Center (NAC) and solutions used in the National White-Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
Gene has worked on some of the most high-stakes, high-profile cases in the country, offering his technology expertise to investment banks, mutual funds, major corporations, and government agencies.
Gene has been published in the New York Law Journal, Law Technology News, and other industry publications like the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). He is a recognized speaker, an accredited CLE instructor, and has presented on topics surrounding the preservation and collection of electronic data and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and its impact on the justice system in the current age of technology.
Gene holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in computer science and mathematics from Hofstra University.
Scott Allen leads the firm’s trial consulting practice and is responsible for driving growth for trial services within the company’s core practice areas. As President, Scott guides top attorneys on the best methods to improve litigation strategies and oversees multi-disciplined teams who work closely with trial lawyers involved in high-stakes, complex cases.
Scott is a pioneer in trial consulting—delivering unparalleled guidance to lawyers on the development of case themes and the science of visually communicating those themes effectively at trial. With more than 30 years of experience working with the most respected law firms in the country, Scott has worked in the areas of labor and employment specializing in F.C.A./qui tam, white-collar criminal defense, securities, environmental regulation, insurance, and intellectual property. He has successfully advised attorneys on litigation matters that have resulted in billions of dollars in settlement or jury awards for clients, including a $250 million jury verdict award, the largest in history for a class-action gender discrimination case.
Scott has worked on high-profile cases related to the 2008 financial crisis and the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Securities LLC. He has expertise working on patent infringement cases—providing guidance on transforming complicated concepts into compelling visual presentations—and on securities litigation where he uses proven research techniques to create cohesive strategies that will resonate with the triers-of-fact.
Scott is a recognized industry leader and author of several articles about trial communication strategies.
Prior to DOAR, Scott enjoyed a successful career producing television commercials and documentaries, which provided him the opportunity to travel and film around the world.
As Vice President, Paul Bernardini leads business development initiatives for the firm. He is responsible for driving growth for our consulting services in our core practice areas. He heads a growing team of business development managers who create synergies with attorneys involved in high-stakes, complex legal disputes at top law firms.
As a former practicing attorney, Paul has extensive experience in litigation consulting and expert witness selection. Prior to DOAR, he held a leadership role as Vice President of Client Development at IMS Expert Services. Before that, he was Vice President at Thomson Reuters where he worked with some of the largest law firms in the world.
Paul received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. He holds an M.S. in International Relations from the United States International University and a B.A. in International Studies from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Paul also studied at the Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Luxembourg where he studied the European Union.
As Vice President, Raymond McLeod oversees client engagements within our trial consulting practice. He leads a team of professionals with subject-matter-expertise in trial communications and is responsible for ensuring that our trial engagements are met with the highest standard of service and support by the attorneys with which we work.
With years of industry experience, Ray is one of the most sought-after trial consultants in the country. He has consulted trial teams involved in some of the largest, high-profile cases, including multi-billion-dollar civil cases and dozens of white-collar criminal defense cases involving allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, political corruption, and securities fraud. He also routinely supports employment cases alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation—providing guidance on trial strategy including jury selection and witness preparation, the development of graphics strategies, and the use of innovative technologies during hearings and trials.
Prior to DOAR, Ray was head of practice support at Proskauer Rose LLP.
He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Baruch College.
As Director of IP Litigation, Mike Connelly leads the firm’s intellectual property consulting practice and is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies that involve IP legal disputes about patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights for emerging technologies.
Mike has more than 20 years of experience litigating intellectual property disputes and is a leading authority on the wireless communications, automotive technology, digital streaming, and semiconductor markets with broad knowledge about the trends and risks impacting the industry today and in the future.
Prior to DOAR, Mike was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery. He litigated patent and trade secret cases and has extensive experience presenting in front of the International Trade Commission. Over the last decade, Mike has managed dozens of IP licensing campaigns—overseeing IP litigation strategy and implementation, directing patent prosecution, developing defensive IP strategies, and managing corporate IP programs. He was also the co-founder of The Medici Group, a successful patent portfolio company.
Mike frequently speaks on intellectual property and international trade-related issues.
Mike holds a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
As Director of Employment Litigation, Rachael Zichella leads the company’s employment litigation consulting practice and is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies related to DOAR’s focus on disputes involving alleged harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; theft of trade secrets; workplace disagreements; wrongful termination; breaches of fiduciary duty; and employee malfeasance.
Rachael brings 15 years of litigation experience to DOAR. She was a partner at Taylor English Duma LLP and practiced labor and employment law and commercial litigation, representing corporations, boards of directors, and individuals nationwide in complex matters involving discrimination and harassment; the enforcement and invalidation of restrictive covenants agreements; theft of confidential information and trade secrets; computer systems protection and employee privacy issues; fiduciary and shareholder disputes; defamation; fraud; ERISA and employee benefits issues; and construction litigation.
Rachael has also worked with clients to develop data security initiatives to protect their intellectual property and other proprietary information from bad actors inside and outside the workplace, and led her firm’s e-Discovery Committee, developing and implementing protocols to leverage cutting edge technology and minimize client costs.
Rachael holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.