Lecturer in Law
Neil Makhija is an attorney at the law firm of Berger Montague, PC. and Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is currently representing parents and children in a class action against JUUL Labs, Inc. for the unlawful marketing of e-cigarettes to children.
Mr. Makhija's incisive commentary on law, politics, and policy has been featured in The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, POLITICO, National Public Radio, the Daily Beast, CBS News, and other media outlets across the country.
In 2016, Mr. Makhija was the Democratic Nominee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 122nd House District, where he outperformed the national Democratic ticket by 14 points in the general election. During his candidacy, Mr. Makhija won the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court case, In Re: Makhija (2016), which protected the rights of students and recent graduates to run for office in their home state under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Mr. Makhija earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School on the Horace DeYoung Lentz Scholarship, which was endowed by a 19th century Pennsylvania coal magnate. While at Harvard, he founded the HLS Homelessness Coalition and was a Senior Policy Editor on the Harvard Law & Policy Review. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied neuroscience and served as co-president of his class and commencement speaker. Over the past ten years, he has worked in politics & government at the local, state, and national level. In 2020, he has been an advisor to several candidates on issues concerning Pennsylvania.
As the son of immigrants and a proud native of Carbon County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Makhija is passionate about enfranchising underrepresented communities and engaging young people in state and local politics. He currently practices law at Berger Montague, PC, a nationally-recognized class action law firm based in Philadelphia.
- Public Interest
- Election Law
- Class Actions
- Local Government Law
- Civil Litigation
- Employment Law
- Product Liability Litigation
Board Member, South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia
- Law & Candidacy (Spring 2018)