Alex focuses his practice in the areas of environmental and natural resources law and complex litigation. He provides strategic counsel on business and environmental matters and represents clients in all manner of disputes before state and federal administrative, trial, and appellate courts.
Among other honors and awards, he is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in Environmental Law (Woodward/White), as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in Environmental Law by Business North Carolina magazine, and a “Rising Star" in Environmental Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Alex has experience in a wide variety of environmental, natural resources, and science and technology matters such as: toxic torts; the Clean Air and Water Acts; Superfund; RCRA; EPCRA; Coastal Zone Management; NEPA; SEPA; OPHSCA; NESHAP; OSHA; Federal Power Act; water resources; zoning and land use; SPCA; underground storage tanks; mining; wetlands permitting; air permitting; contaminated properties; asbestos, mold, and "sick building" issues; "green" building and manufacturing; environmental marketing; environmental and human health risk; and various nanoscience and nanotechnology issues. Among other sectors, Alex regularly represents educational institutions, municipalities, manufacturers, resource extractors, developers, environmental consultants, hazardous waste companies, and a range of other businesses.
His litigation and appellate practice involves representing individual and corporate clients before state and federal trial, administrative, and appellate courts in all manner of disputes. Alex has litigated a broad range of complex environmental and business matters including: corporate derivative actions; securities litigation; embezzlement; fraud and unfair trade practice claims; construction litigation; commercial contracts; professional malpractice; real property; land use; groundwater contamination; Superfund; toxic torts; environmental permitting; and government fines and penalties. In his appellate practice, Alex has represented clients before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits. Alex's successful trial and appellate litigation practice has resulted in significant published cases:
Alex is a certified Superior Court mediator and also provides mediation services as part of his law practice.
He regularly lectures and develops courses on environmental law topics for audiences comprised of attorneys, engineers, and other professionals. He is active in the litigation and environmental sections of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations.
Alex's background includes work as a commercial fisherman in the North Pacific, as a congressional fellow with the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, as a research biologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a research and teaching associate with the Duke University Marine Laboratory, and as an environmental science and policy consultant. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, his Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Union College. Alex was honored to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in support of his doctoral studies at Duke University.