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Alexander I. Platt

Washington, DC

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Areas of Practice



Crisis Management and Government Response


Yale Law School, J.D., 2012; Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal

Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy, 2006


Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2014-15

Hon. Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2012-13


District of Columbia

United States District Court: District of Columbia

United States Court of Appeals: District of Columbia Circuit

Alexander I. Platt's main practice areas are complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and crisis management. Recent representations include:

  • Defending a senior executive in an enforcement action involving allegations under various federal securities laws;
  • Representing a group of former immigration and homeland security officials (as amici curiae) in the United States Supreme Court in support of the United States in United States v. Texas;
  • Representing the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (as amici curiae) in the United States Supreme Court for briefing on the merits in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.;
  • Representing the District of Columbia Council in a lawsuit to enforce the Local Budget Autonomy Act.

Mr. Platt has also published several academic articles on securities enforcement and administrative law.


Unstacking the Deck: Administrative Summary Judgment and Political Control, 34 Yale J. Reg. (forthcoming 2017).

SEC Administrative Proceedings: Backlash and Reform, 71 Bus. Law. 1 (2016).

Deciding Not to Decide: An Empirical Study and (Limited) Defense of Concurrences Without Opinion, 17 J. Appellate Practice & Process (forthcoming 2016).

Debiasing Statutory Interpretation, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 275 (2013).

The Temptation of Martinez v. Ryan: Legal Ethics for the Habeas Bar, 8 Crim. L. Br. 1 (2013) (with Larry Kornreich).

Note, Preserving the Appointments Safety Valve, 30 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 255 (2011).