Neal S. Dudovitz
For more than 35 years, Neal Dudovitz has been actively involved in providing innovative legal counsel and services to poor individuals and families. This dedication has allowed him to personally impact the lives of countless people and, at the same time, drive systemic change.
Since 1993, Neal has served as Executive Director of NLSLA, managing all aspects of the organization’s $12 million annual budget and staff of over 100 attorneys, paralegals and specialists in addition to inspiring hundreds of volunteer community members and attorneys. In addition to handling program administration, financial operations, fundraising, Board relations and program policy, Neal also supervises the legal work of NLSLA’s lawyers and works closely on policy and procedure development.
Prior to his work at NLSLA, Neal was with the National Senior Citizens Law Center, serving as a staff attorney before taking on the role of Deputy Director, which he held for more than a decade. There, Neal administered and supervised the LA office and was lead counsel and co-counsel for significant federal district and appellate court cases. He handled legislative and administrative advocacy before Congress and provided consultation to practicing lawyers throughout the United States. Beginning his career at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Neal had specialized in health and mental health law and today runs one the nation’s most effective health advocacy programs – Medical Legal Community Partnerships.
Neal’s career has been highlighted by numerous appointments and awards, including serving as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging; being a member of the Lawyer’s Advisory Committee for the National Pension Assistance Project; serving on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Association of California; and serving as an Advisory Committee member on the Federal Benefits Law. Neal has also received a Section Achievement Awards from the State Bar of California Legal Services and was named one of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Top 25 Lawyers.
Neal graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 and the Northeastern University School of Law in 1973.