J. Alexander Lawrence

J. Alexander Lawrence

Education

Georgetown University (B.A., 1992)
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1996)

Bar Admissions

Georgia
California
New York
Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

J. Alexander Lawrence’s practice involves 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.

Mr. Lawrence is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s E-Discovery Task Force and regularly advises clients on e-discovery issues and best practices. He also serves as co-chair of the Commercial Litigation Group’s Technology Transactions Working Group. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has been a member of its Standing Committee on the Judiciary.

He was named to the National Law Journal’s 2015 and 2017 Pro Bono Hot List for his work protecting reproductive rights, and he was named again in 2018 for his work protecting individuals who were jailed for their in ability to pay court fees and fines.

Mr. Lawrence won 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 as Law360, Intellectual Property Strategist, IP Litigator, The Licensing Journal, Bloomberg BNA, ACC Docket, San Francisco Daily Journal, Financier Worldwide, Mealey’s Litigation Report, and Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update.

He has been featured or quoted in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Law360, Elle, American Lawyer, and The National Law Journal.

Mr. Lawrence joined Morrison & Foerster in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. Prior to joining the firm, he was associated with a large international law firm where he practiced labor and employment law, representing clients in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Representative Matters

  • In re Maxus Energy Corp., 571 B.R. 650 (Bankr. D. Del.).
    Counsel for Maxus Energy Corp., a subsidiary of YPF S.A., involving over $20 billion in potential environmental liabilities and claims to pierce the corporate veil and hold YPF S.A. liable for those liabilities.
  • In re Energy Future Holdings Corp. (Bankr. D. Del.).
    Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Texas based electric utility, with more than $40 billion in debt, in one of the largest bankruptcy cases in United States history.
  • James Paul McCartney v. Sony/ATV Publishing LLC (S.D.N.Y.).
    Counsel for Sir Paul McCartney in a dispute over his right to reclaim his copyrights in songs authored during his time as a member of The Beatles.  The action was settled on a confidential basis and avoided a legal battle that would have had wide ramifications for the music industry.
  • NFL Enterprises LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York).
    Counsel for EchoStar, provider of the DISH Network satellite television service, in a major carriage dispute in connection with the distribution of the NFL Network. Successfully defended the client against a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for partial summary judgment. The action was settled on a confidential basis.
  • VOOM HD Holdings LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York).
    Counsel for EchoStar in a $2 billion breach of contract action arising out of an affiliation agreement for the distribution of high-definition television programming. Successfully defended the client against a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for summary judgment. The action was settled during the course of the jury trial.
  • Change Healthcare Operations, LLC v WebMD Health Corp., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5185 (N.Y. Sup.).
    Counsel for Change Healthcare in a multi-million dollar license agreement dispute with WebMD.  After defeating WebMD’s dispositive motion, the action was settled on a confidential basis
  • Register.com, Inc. v. Verio, Inc., 356 F.3d 393 (2d Cir. 2004).
    Counsel for Verio in a dispute with a leading domain-name registrar over the use of Whois data for marketing purposes. The case has become one of the leading computer trespass cases and has been cited hundreds of times.
  • Komag, Inc. v. Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (N.D. Cal.).
    Counsel for Asahi Glass Co. Ltd in action brought by a former partner in joint venture regarding claims to rights in certain patents obtaining dismissal of the claims by the former partner.
  • Asante Techs. Inc. v. PMC-Sierra, Inc., 164 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (N.D. Cal. 2001).
    Counsel for PMC-Sierra in a breach of contract claim brought by a manufacturer of modems that incorporated PMC-Sierra computer chips and obtained a complete dismissal of the action. The case has been cited often as one of the cases involving the Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and its preemption of state law claims.
  • Biovail Corp. v. S.A.C. Capital Mgmt., 2009 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3253 (N.J. Super.).
    Counsel for a former pharmaceutical industry securities analyst in a $4.6 billion RICO action, against him, Banc of America Securities, S.A.C. Capital, and others alleging a short-selling scheme to drive down the price of Biovail stock.  The case was featured in a 60 Minutes segment “Betting on a Fall” which aired in March 2006. Biovail’s claims were ultimately dismissed.
  • Multi-Faceted Investigation of University Grants.
    Counsel for major U.S. research university in criminal and civil investigation of alleged false claims relating to federal research grants and contracts.
  • Confidential International Arbitrations.
    Represented a number of companies in confidential international arbitrations, including a patent license dispute involving billions in dispute.

In re Maxus Energy Corp., 571 B.R. 650 (Bankr. D. Del.). 
Counsel for Maxus Energy Corp., a subsidiary of YPF S.A., involving over $20 billion in potential environmental liabilities and claims to pierce the corporate veil and hold YPF S.A. liable for those liabilities.


In re Energy Future Holdings Corp. (Bankr. D. Del.). 
Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Texas based electric utility, with more than $40 billion in debt, in one of the largest bankruptcy cases in United States history.


James Paul McCartney v. Sony/ATV Publishing LLC (S.D.N.Y.). 
Counsel for Sir Paul McCartney in a dispute over his right to reclaim his copyrights in songs authored during his time as a member of The Beatles.  The action was settled on a confidential basis and avoided a legal battle that would have had wide ramifications for the music industry.


NFL Enterprises LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York).
Counsel for EchoStar, provider of the DISH Network satellite television service, in a major carriage dispute in connection with the distribution of the NFL Network. Successfully defended the client against a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for partial summary judgment. The action was settled on a confidential basis.


VOOM HD Holdings LLC v. EchoStar Satellite LLC (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York).
Counsel for EchoStar in a $2 billion breach of contract action arising out of an affiliation agreement for the distribution of high-definition television programming. Successfully defended the client against a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for summary judgment. The action was settled during the course of the jury trial.


Change Healthcare Operations, LLC v WebMD Health Corp., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5185 (N.Y. Sup.).
Counsel for Change Healthcare in a multi-million dollar license agreement dispute with WebMD.  After defeating WebMD’s dispositive motion, the action was settled on a confidential basis


Register.com, Inc. v. Verio, Inc., 356 F.3d 393 (2d Cir. 2004).
Counsel for Verio in a dispute with a leading domain-name registrar over the use of Whois data for marketing purposes. The case has become one of the leading computer trespass cases and has been cited hundreds of times.


Komag, Inc. v. Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (N.D. Cal.).
Counsel for Asahi Glass Co. Ltd in action brought by a former partner in joint venture regarding claims to rights in certain patents obtaining dismissal of the claims by the former partner.


Asante Techs. Inc. v. PMC-Sierra, Inc., 164 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (N.D. Cal. 2001).
Counsel for PMC-Sierra in a breach of contract claim brought by a manufacturer of modems that incorporated PMC-Sierra computer chips and obtained a complete dismissal of the action. The case has been cited often as one of the cases involving the Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and its preemption of state law claims.


Biovail Corp. v. S.A.C. Capital Mgmt., 2009 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3253 (N.J. Super.).
Counsel for a former pharmaceutical industry securities analyst in a $4.6 billion RICO action, against him, Banc of America Securities, S.A.C. Capital, and others alleging a short-selling scheme to drive down the price of Biovail stock.  The case was featured in a 60 Minutes segment “Betting on a Fall” which aired in March 2006. Biovail’s claims were ultimately dismissed.


Multi-Faceted Investigation of University Grants.
Counsel for major U.S. research university in criminal and civil investigation of alleged false claims relating to federal research grants and contracts.


Confidential International Arbitrations.
Represented a number of companies in confidential international arbitrations, including a patent license dispute involving billions in dispute.

Recognized by JD Supra as a top author in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards (2016).

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