Alexandra K. Block, partner

block Ms. Block represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, focusing on defending legal malpractice claims and advising attorneys and law firms with respect to professional responsibility and ethical issues. She also has broad experience representing both employees and employers in employment contract, non-competition, and employment discrimination and harassment litigation before the state and federal courts and the EEOC. Additionally, she advises independent schools on employment and compliance matters. Ms. Block also has been involved in First Amendment and other civil liberties litigation as counsel for parties and amici.
      Ms. Block is a trained and certified mediator and has been involved in several dozen cases that have resolved successfully through mediation.

Selected Engagements

  • Defended law firm against allegations of negligence and conflict of interest in connection with multi-million dollar estate plan.
  • Defended law firm against allegations of negligence in connection with several complex, interrelated patent lawsuits.
  • Represented individual before the Illinois Supreme Court in her constitutional challenge to a prosecution brought under the Illinois Eavesdropping Statute.
  • Defended attorney-trustee against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty in connection with trust beneficiary’s sale of shares in a family business.
  • Defended law firm against RICO, fraud and malpractice allegations in connection with commercial real estate developments.
  • Represented numerous claimants in negotiations to resolve claims of employment discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation before the EEOC.
  • Defended small business against allegations by two former employees of breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation, and pursued multiple counterclaims including breach of contract, conversion and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented federal criminal defendants in bond hearings, sentencing hearings and other matters.
  • Briefed issue of first impression in the Second Circuit in a First Amendment retaliation case brought by a municipal police officer.
  • Wrote amicus curiae brief to Connecticut Supreme Court on behalf of Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association concerning statute of limitations under state anti-discrimination law.
  • Wrote amicus curiae brief supporting recognition of same-sex marriages in Illinois.

Education

  • B.A., Yale College, Ethics, Politics and Economics,1999.
    Graduated summa cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Mendell Prize for academic achievement
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2004.
    C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in clinical work
    Member of Yale Law & Policy Review
    Rebellious Lawyering Conference Co-Chair (2003)

Experience

  • Admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, 2004; New York, 2005; Connecticut, 2006; Illinois, 2006.
  • Law clerk to the Hon. Janet Bond Arterton, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2004-2006.
  • Associate with Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Chimes & Richardson, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006-2008.
  • Associate with this firm, 2008-2014; became a partner in 2015.
  • Admitted to the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Chicago Council of Lawyers, 2014 to present
  • Board of Directors, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, 2014 to present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Selected Publications

  • Why Claims Against Lawyers for Breach of Fiduciary Duty are Becoming Extinct,” Chicago Bar Association Record, January 2012. Written with Daniel M. Feeney and Michael L. Shakman.
  • “Significant Supreme Court Employment Cases, October Term 2007,” presented at Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, April 2008.
  • “Cat’s Paw Liability Theory,” presented at Connecticut Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, June 2007.