J. Alexander Lawrence

Partner | New York

alawrence@mofo.com | (212) 336-8638 alawrence@mofo.com
(212) 336-8638
I am dedicated to working creatively, efficiently, and doggedly to advance my clients’ business goals.

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 the National Law Journal’s 2015 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 as Law360, Intellectual Property Strategist, IP Litigator, 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 also has been featured or quoted in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Austin American–Statesman, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Forbes, Huffington Post, Law360, Elle, American Lawyer, and National Law Journal.

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  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • (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.

  • Counsel for major U.S. research university in criminal and civil investigation of alleged false claims relating to federal research grants and contracts.

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

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