Alex E. Hassid

Biography

Alex Hassid represents clients in a variety of complex federal and state court litigation and arbitration. His diverse client-base includes large corporations, mid-sized manufacturers, foreign real estate investment entities, law firms, and individuals. Alex’s broad experience covers all phases of litigation, from finding creative, cost-efficient ways to navigate electronic discovery issues to preparing and deposing expert witnesses on complicated factual issues. He has significant trial and appellate experience that includes a ten-week antitrust trial and preparing briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, and Tenth Circuits. Beyond litigation, Alex regularly spearheads settlement negotiations for clients interested in resolving costly litigation and counsels clients on handling disputes before they reach litigation.

Some of the areas in which Alex has assisted clients include: 

  • Complex business issues, including fraud-related claims, contract breaches, RICO, and other business torts
  • Antitrust issues, including prosecuting and defending against price fixing and monopolization claims
  • Government contracts issues, including defending False Claims Act litigation, litigating disputes between contractors, and defending trade-secret claims
  • Professional liability claims, including prosecuting and defending legal malpractice claims

Alex’s recent engagements include: 

  • Achieving a favorable settlement (during trial) for several plaintiff producers of foam in price-fixing antitrust litigation
  • Obtaining dismissal of several RICO claims against foreign real estate investment entity based on newly issued Supreme Court decision 
  • Obtaining dismissal of legal malpractice claims against a law firm in state court through early motion practice 
  • Achieved favorable settlement for manufacturing client in connection with alleged breach of contract by supplier

Outside of his core litigation practice, Alex is committed to providing pro bono legal services, having represented organizations pursuing fair housing act claims, submitting amicus briefs on behalf of social justice organizations, defending individuals in landlord-tenant matters, and representing injured veterans seeking benefits. He also leads Blank Rome’s annual United Way Campaign for its D.C. office.

Previously, Alex served as an intern for the Honorable Eric T. Washington in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Experience

Business Torts, Fraud, and Contract Disputes

  • Represent foreign real estate development company against dozens of fraud-based claims concerning real estate investments in the United States that resulted in dismissal of multiple RICO, state-law, and common-law claims.
  • Represent foreign real estate development firm in defense against lawsuit brought by major investment fund.
  • Represented educational institution in tenure dispute claim for millions of dollars in damages.
  • Defended individual client in connection with insider trading and related state and common law claims.
  • Achieved favorable settlement for manufacturing client in connection with alleged breach of contract by supplier.
  • Successfully settled multiple business disputes arising from leasing issues, contracts for the sale of goods, and subcontracts.

Antitrust

  • Represented plaintiff producers of foam in price-fixing antitrust action that resulted in favorable settlement for clients of $400 million.
  • Represented software developer in monopolization antitrust case seeking more than one billion dollars in damages, including through ten-week trial and appeal.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for manufacturer of electronic jukeboxes against claims brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Government Contracts

  • Defended major government contractor in multiple federal court actions and arbitration against False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims, trade-secret claims, and joint venture-related claims.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in defense on appeal of dismissal of FCA claims.
  • Represented government contractor in non-litigation dispute with state-issued procurement.

Professional Liability

  • Defended major television manufacturer and seller in breach of contract dispute against its former law firm that also involved prosecuting legal malpractice claims.
  • Successfully defended law firm against legal malpractice claims in state court by securing dismissal through early motion practice.

Recognitions

  • 2016–2017, “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • 2015 and 2018, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Professional Activities

Alex is a member of the American Bar Association, including the Antitrust and Litigation sections of the ABA. Alex also is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Credentials

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

  • State University of New York at Geneseo, BA, magna cum laude
  • George Washington University Law School, JD