J. Alexander Lawrence

J. Alexander Lawrence

Alex advises on all aspects of complex commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in arbitration. He has represented U.S. and international clients in actions involving intellectual property rights, trade secrets, securities laws, and a wide array of complex commercial disputes.


Alex regularly advises clients on e-discovery issues and best practices as co-chair of our E-Discovery Task Force. He also serves as co-chair of our Commercial Litigation Group’s Technology Transactions Working Group and has been a member of the Standing Committee on the Judiciary of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Before joining our team, he practiced labor and employment law for a large international firm, representing clients in federal and state courts throughout the country.


Alex has appeared in theNational Law Journal’s2015 and 2017 Pro Bono Hot List for his work protecting reproductive rights and appeared again in 2018 for his work protecting individuals who were jailed for their inability to pay court fees and fines.


He also has won the JD Supra Readers’ Choice Award for 2016 as the top author in the area of e-discovery. He has written extensively on legal issues in publications such asLaw360Intellectual Property StrategistIP LitigatorLicensing JournalBloomberg BNAACC DocketSan Francisco Daily JournalFinancier WorldwideMealey’s Litigation Report, and Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update. He also has been featured or quoted in articles in theWall Street JournalNew York TimesHouston ChronicleAustin American–StatesmanAssociated PressBloombergForbesHuffington PostLaw360ElleAmerican Lawyer, and National Law Journal.

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Articles and Video:

Supreme Court Asked to Resolve Circuit Split Over Discovery in Aid of Private Commercial Arbitration Seated Outside the United States (12/22/20)
On December 7, 2020, Servotronics, Inc. filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether parties may seek discovery in the U.S. for use in commercial arbitration proceedings seated outside the U.S. under 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, a vigorously debated question that has increasingly divided lower courts.