Neil Makhija is an associate in the Consumer Protection, Employment & Unpaid Wages, Environment & Public Health, Government Representation, and Predatory Lending and Borrower’s Rights practice groups at Berger Montague. He also serves as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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, served as Senior Policy Editor on the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and worked as a fellow at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Makhija earned his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied neuroscience and served as co-president of his class and commencement speaker.
Prior to joining Berger Montague, Mr. Makhija was the 2016 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. He won the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court case, In Re: Makhija (2016), which under the Pennsylvania Constitution protected the rights of students and recent graduates to run for office in their home state.
Mr. Makhija has also served as an aide to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the U.S. Senate, the Office of Vice President Joe Biden in The White House, and the Counsel to the Mayor in New York City Hall. As the son of immigrants and a proud native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Makhija is passionate about using the law to enfranchize underserved communities through collective action. He is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia.