- University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A.)
- University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors)
“Alex does top quality work rivaling the best I’ve seen from the lawyers I’ve worked with around the world. Just super.”
Dominic Ricotta, VP & Assoc. General Counsel, Apache Corporation
I represent clients in a wide range of commercial litigation in federal and state courts and domestic and international arbitrations. I have considerable experience prosecuting and defending cases involving contract disputes, energy, intellectual property, securities, antitrust, insurance coverage, and other commercial litigation matters. In the past four years, I have recovered several hundred million dollars for my clients and successfully defended cases where plaintiffs sought multiples more as damages. My cases have been in various jurisdictions, including Texas, New York, London, Chicago, Delaware, New Jersey, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
I have advised a diverse group of clients, from large public companies to individuals, hedge funds, pension funds, start-ups and government entities. My clients have included Apache Corporation; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company; Enterprise Products Operating LP; Forest Oil Corporation; IntercontinentalExchange; LyondellBasell Industries NV; and Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Public Employees Retirement System.
A large part of my practice has focused on the energy and petrochemical industries. Over the past several years, I have handled cases spanning the entire energy chain – including disputes arising from upstream/E&P activities, such as a patent litigation regarding drilling technology, royalty cases, and litigation over the exercise of preferential purchase rights; disputes arising from midstream energy activities, such as litigation over gas processing agreements and pipeline joint ventures; and disputes arising from downstream activities, such as crude oil refining and olefins processing, oil trading, and various commercial cases involving the sale of basic and specialty chemicals.
I especially enjoy cases that involve complex technical or financial matters. I have successfully handled cases involving technical subjects of all stripes, such as foreign exchange transactions, actuarial studies of long-term pension obligations, PLC code for drilling rigs, business and intellectual property valuation matters, and linear programming (LP) models for refinery operations.
The key in complex cases – indeed, in all cases – is to translate complex and technical subject matter into plain terms that resonate with a judge, arbitrator, or jury. Clients have praised my ability to do exactly that, both on the papers and in the courtroom. My writing has also been featured in leading books on effective advocacy: A brief that I wrote with my partners Steve and Harry Susman in the securities litigation over Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch is featured in How to Write Like the Nations’ Top Advocates (Univ. of Chicago Press). And a Daubert motion that I wrote in an actuarial malpractice case we tried in federal court in Milwaukee will be highlighted in The Model Advocate (Aspen Press), a forthcoming book by a Yale Law School writing instructor.
In addition to my practice, I currently serve as Susman Godfrey’s docket partner with responsibility for staffing client engagements across our five offices.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, I clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review.
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