Alex represents e-commerce and technology companies in consumer and business litigation and arbitration, including claims relating to product marketing, subscription services, terms of service violations, unfair business practices, online gaming, copyright and trademark infringement, data breach, and trade secret misappropriation. Alex takes primary responsibility for managing litigation and discovery strategy and drafting and arguing motions.
Alex also advises companies operating online content platforms on compliance with consumer protection laws and regulations (including the California Consumer Privacy and Privacy Rights Acts), as well as mitigating legal risks from hosting and providing payment processing and content development tools for social media, apps, and other third-party content. This work includes drafting and assessing dispute-related corporate documents and policies, such as online terms of service, privacy policies, arbitration clauses, limitations on liability, legal holds, and choice of law clauses.
Alex is experienced in the scope of protections afforded to online platforms by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. He has secured dismissal with prejudice on Section 230 immunity grounds of class action claims attempting to hold platform clients liable for allegedly unlawful third-party content.
Alex has substantial trial experience, including serving as sole trial counsel in a commercial arbitration involving a large technology company. Alex also defended a multinational software company in a six-week jury trial involving breach of contract and fraud claims, during which he direct- and cross-examined expert and fact witnesses, argued multiple evidentiary and legal motions, and drafted bench briefs, jury instructions, and other trial documents.
Alex’s practice experience as a general commercial litigator ranges from environmental-based matters, including an arbitration between two large energy companies over the scope of environmental cleanup liabilities, to a large-scale Chapter 11 restructuring involving a large public utility, to internal and white-collar investigations for companies in technology and other industries.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association - Member
- Bar Association of San Francisco - Member
- California~United States (2012)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California~United States
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California~United States
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California~United States
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California~United States
- Harvard Law School (J.D.) (2012)
- Columbia University (B.A. Music, Germanic Languages & Literature) (2004)
- Co-author, "Will Private Litigants Be Able to Enforce the Compliance Provisions of the CCPA?," IAPP, 24 February 2020
- Co-author, "California Consumer Privacy Act - How Will Litigation Shape the New Law?," IAPP Privacy Tracker, February 2020