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Good morning and Happy New Year! I am very familiar with your kind of problem. What your neighbor is doing actually has a name. It is called "light trespass," and it is such a well-known problem that many outdoor lighting manufacturers actually make special fixtures to avoid the problem.
You have two options. One is to contact your local building department and complain. Many communities have "nuisance" statutes under which your neighbor could be issued a violation. Your other option is to take your neighbor to court on a cause of action for nuisance (the nuisance being the "light trespass" of his fixture onto your property).
Your neighbor can easily fix the problem in a couple of different ways. One way is to attach a shield or visor onto his fixture which will block the light from going over the fence. The other way is to re-aim or re-located the fixture so it does not face your property.
I hope this helps!
I think this is the kind of case you can handle yourself, without a lawyer. But first complain to your Building Department or Code Enforcement officer, because most likely, your neighbor is violating a local ordinance.
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