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Alexander I. Platt

Associate
Washington, DC

t: 202.895.5216
f: 202.237.6131

aplatt@bsfllp.com
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Areas of Practice

Litigation

Appellate

Crisis Management and Government Response


Education

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

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


Clerkships

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


Admissions

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.

Publications

SEC Administrative Proceedings: Backlash and Reform, 71 Business Lawyer 1 (2016).

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

Debiasing Statutory Interpretation, 39 Ohio Northern University Law Review 275 (2013).

The Temptation of Martinez v. Ryan: Legal Ethics for the Habeas Bar, 8 Criminal Law Brief 1 (2013) (w/ Larry Kornreich).

Note, Preserving the Appointments Safety Valve, 30 Yale Law and Policy Review 255 (2011).