A partner in the Litigation Department, Alexandra Walsh focuses her practice on securities and white collar criminal litigation at both the trial and appellate level. Alex also focuses on internal corporate investigations, including those involving potential issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Ms. Walsh has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of its “40 Top Lawyers Under 40” in Washington, D.C.
Alex's representative engagements, some of which were handled at
a prior firm, include:
TRIAL MATTERS AND INVESTIGATIONS
- Kynetic: Counsel in jury trial of tortious interference claim
brought under Massachusetts law. Obtained complete defense
- Pfizer: Trial counsel in federal securities fraud action.
Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of all claims following
exclusion of the plaintiffs' damages and loss causation
- Liberty Media Corporation: Trial counsel in federal securities
fraud and NY state breach of contract action against Vivendi
Universal, S.A. Tried in May and June 2012, SDNY. Obtained
verdict for client on all counts.
- CEO of WebMD's Medical Manager Corporation: Trial counsel in
federal grand jury investigation and trial involving allegations of
conspiracy to commit securities fraud and money laundering
violations. Representation resulted in dismissal of all
- I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Chief of Staff to former Vice
President Dick Cheney: Member of defense team in prosecution on
perjury, false statements and obstruction of justice charges.
- Representation of various major U.S. corporations in internal
investigations of potential FCPA violations in countries throughout
the world including Russia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand,
Libya and Saudi Arabia.
- Representation of individuals in federal grand jury
investigations concerning a range of matters, including alleged
antitrust and gratuities laws violations.
- Gibbons v. Malone (2d Cir. 2013).
Obtained affirmance of dismissal of insider trading action brought
under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. Also
served as trial counsel.
- U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission v.
AIG (D.C. Circuit 2013). Obtained reversal of district
court order granting public access to reports of independent
prepared as part of consent agreement with the
- Native Village of Kivalina and City of Kivalina v.
Exxon Mobil Corp. et al. (9th Circuit). Obtained
affirmance of dismissal of civil conspiracy and public nuisance
claims based on injuries allegedly caused by global warming.
- Baloco v. Drummond Co., Case No. 09-557 (11th
Circuit). Defended dismissal of claims brought under
the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victims Protection Act.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Automobile Dealers
Assoc. v. EPA (D.C. Circuit). Challenged EPA
rulemaking related to greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air
- Advisory Committee on Procedures for the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit, Member
- Deputy Chair of ABA White Collar Crime Committee for the D.C.
- Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Member
- Board Member, D.C. Circuit Historical Society
- "Re-Examining the Sentencing Guidelines for Federal Securities
Fraud Cases," 89 BNA Criminal Law Reporter 833, 2011.
- "Ignorance Is Bliss, But Is It Also a Crime? Opening Your Eyes
To the Willful Blindness Doctrine," NACDL White Collar Summer
Series, September 2010.
- "Kimbrough, White Collar Sentencing and the New Primacy of the
Sentencing Commission," News/ABA Criminal Litigation,
- Panelist, "Sentencing Issues in Federal Securities Fraud
Cases," 20th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing
Guidelines, May 2011.
- Panelist, "When Is It Worth the Risk? Proffers, Queen for a Day
and Asserting the Fifth in Pre-Indictment Negotiations," 25th
Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2011.
- "Formally Legal, Probably Wrong: Corporate Tax Shelters,
Practical Reason, and the New Textualism," Stanford Law
J.D., Stanford Law School, 2001with distinction, Order of the Coif, Managing Board, Stanford Law Review
B.A., Bowdoin College, 1995summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court
Hon. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
District of Columbia
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP