Alexander J. Rodney

Counsel
Alexander J. Rodney

Education

  • B.A., University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, (J.D. equivalent), 2011
  • First Class Honors
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 2012

Clerkships

  • Chief Justice Asher D. Grunis & Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Supreme Court of Israel
  • Hon. William G. Young, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Fellowships, Leaderships & Recognition

  • Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard College (awarded twice)
  • Harvard Summer Academic Fellowship, Harvard Law School
  • Cambridge European Trust Fellowship, Cambridge University
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship, Cambridge University
  • W.M. Tapp Award, Cambridge University
  • Senior Scholar, Cambridge University
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
  • Wyndham Deedes Memorial Trust Fellow, Wyndham Deedes Memorial Trust
  • Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fellow, Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Trust
  • Leverhulme Studentship, Leverhulme Trust (awarded; unable to accept)
  • Professional Ethics Fellow, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics 

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • New York

Alexander (“Alex”) Rodney is Counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, where his wide-ranging practice includes complex commercial litigation and investigations across the globe, and some of the nation’s most high-profile public interest matters.

Alex is an experienced practitioner in the realm of complex commercial disputes, including mergers & acquisitions, contract, consumer goods, regulatory, and intellectual property disputes; securities litigation; matters relating to global bribery, corruption, and fraud; and antitrust actions. At Kaplan Hecker & Fink, Alex was a member of the team that obtained a preliminary injunction for Airbnb blocking implementation of a New York City ordinance on Fourth Amendment grounds. He has helped obtain the dismissal of unfair competition claims brought against Airbnb in N.Y. Supreme Court, Commercial Division. And Alex’s representations of commercial clients have included representing Robins Kaplan LLP in a contract action brought by a rival law firm and advising a large hedge fund on multiple matters involving potential litigation.

Alex also plays a leading role in Kaplan Hecker & Fink’s public interest litigation practice. Most notably, Alex represents four pseudonymous plaintiffs and a putative class of consumers in a large-scale fraud action against President Trump, his family, and his business.

Alex joined Kaplan Hecker & Fink from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he maintained a broad practice devoted to litigation, investigations and alternative dispute resolution. Alex served as the lead associate on a nationwide multidistrict consumer class antitrust action in the contact lens industry in connection with more than 50 putative class actions. He represented several major technology and telecommunications companies in litigation involving allegations of patent infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, and tortious interference, among other issues. He has also represented companies in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries in matters involving corruption, product-liability, and mergers & acquisitions. In his extensive client representation, Alex has gained significant exposure to bench and jury trials, mediations and hearings; taking and defending depositions, coordinating fact and expert discovery and preparing witnesses; drafting briefs, submissions and oral arguments; and coordinating complex settlements.

Alex received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2012. At Harvard, Alex was a research assistant in matters of constitutional law, international investment law and ethics for then Dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow, for Professor Laurence Tribe, and for Professor Anthea Roberts. Alex was also a teaching fellow for “Justice,” a popular ethical reasoning course and “The Theory and Practice of Republican Government,” a course in democratic theory, receiving awards for excellence in teaching in both.

"At its best, law consists of two principal axes:  it is an array of tools that can be wielded to achieve practical solutions, but it is also a social practice inflected by human concerns and oriented towards a normative ideal. By attending to both axes, we are better as lawyers and human beings—and, above all, provide the most effective representation to our clients."

Alex is fascinated by the relationship between constitutional law, ethics and democratic theory. As a Summer Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School, Alex researched the ethics of blame and forgiveness and its relationship with legal systems.

On graduation from Harvard Law School, Alex served as law clerk to the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The following year, he served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel Asher D. Grunis and former Chief Justice Miriam Naor.

Alex received his first law degree from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law in 2011, with first class honors.  At Cambridge, Alex was awarded numerous fellowships and scholarships, including the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship, the Cambridge European Trust Fellowship, William M. Tapp Award and Senior Scholarship.

Alex is a Professional Ethics Fellow at Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in New York and an Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England.  He has been awarded the Leverhulme Studentship by the Leverhulme Trust, the Lord Mansfield Scholarship by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and the Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

Originally from London, Alex moved to the United States in 2011, and now considers New York home.

Read about Alexander J. Rodney in our Newsroom

Published on: June 25, 2020

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Delivers Unanimous Win in the First Department for Airbnb

This afternoon, the First Department unanimously affirmed a lower court decision in favor of our client Airbnb. The decision upholds New York Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla’s April 2019 ruling... Read More
Published on: May 18, 2020

Trumps Can't Delay Fraud Suit Any Longer, Judge Rules

President Donald Trump and three of his children can't push off facing a putative class action accusing them of widespread fraud, a New York federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting the Trumps' recent... Read More
Published on: May 18, 2020

NY Housing Ruling Raises Bar For Retroactive Economic Regs

By Roberta Kaplan, Alexander Rodney, and Louis Fisher, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP