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Alex Tievsky

Partner

I studied linguistics at the College of the University of Chicago and received my J.D. cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law. I'm part of the firm's Issues & Appeals Group.

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I get to come in every day and work with awesome people who care about writing well and making good arguments.

Curriculum Vitae

ALEXANDER G. TIEVSKY represents consumers and government entities in complex cases where the law is still catching up to today’s challenges. As part of the firm’s dedicated Issues & Appeals group, Alex believes that preparing for an appeal is a vital part of an affirmative litigation strategy. A well-planned, clearly-written appellate brief offers one of the best opportunities to lead the legal conversation around pressing issues. Starting even before cases are filed, Alex works to ensure that clients are positioned to advance the law in the appellate courts, the trial courts, and any other forum where rights are at stake.

Alex’s advocacy has resulted in major victories for consumers who have preyed upon by online casinos, social media conglomerates, and debt collectors. Recently, he represented consumers who collectively lost hundreds of millions of dollars wagering at so-called “free-to-play” app-based casinos. After the case was initially dismissed, Alex successfully argued for reversal in the Ninth Circuit, then defended the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in the Washington State Gambling Commission, the Washington Legislature, and the district court. Alex has also represented governments seeking to protect their citizens from public corruption and other unscrupulous actors, including by obtaining an injunction that allowed the cities of Cincinnati and Columbus to prevent their citizens from being forced to pay millions of dollars in ill-gotten subsidies to nuclear power plants.

Alex received his law degree cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated from the two-year accelerated J.D. program and was Media Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He is admitted to the state bars of Illinois and Washington and is a member of both the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and QLaw, the LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Washington.

 

Representative Cases:

  • Kater v. Churchill Downs, Inc., 886 F.3d 784 (9th Cir. 2018): Won reversal of district court’s dismissal in first-of-its-kind ruling that “free to play” casino apps are illegal gambling, which allows consumers to recover their losses under Washington law. Case settled for $155 million, and defendants agreed to significantly change their conduct.
  • Cincinnati & Columbus v. First Energy Corp., No. 20-CV-7005 (Franklin Cty., Ohio Ct. of Common Pleas 2020): Obtained preliminary injunction preventing electric utilities from collecting surcharges imposed by Ohio House Bill 6 on the basis that Cincinnati and Columbus were likely to succeed on their allegations that the bill was the product of a bribery scheme involving the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.
  • In re Facebook Biometric Info. Privacy Litig., 290 F. Supp. 3d 948 (N.D. Cal. 2018), aff’d 932 F.3d 1264 (9th Cir. 2019): Defeated Facebook’s attempt to deprive its users of a federal forum to adjudicate their claims for wrongful collection of biometric information in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act). Case settled for $650 million — the largest consumer privacy settlement on record.
  • Henderson v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc., 918 F.3d 1068 (9th Cir. 2019): In a decision with wide-ranging implications for the federal common law of agency, won reversal of summary judgment on the basis that the defendant could be held liable for ratifying the actions of its contracted debt collectors.
  • Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc., 2018 IL App (1st) 180175: Won reversal of trial court’s dismissal of claim under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act in published opinion whose reasoning was later adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court.
  • Clark v. Gannett Co, Inc., 2018 IL App (1st) 172041: Obtained reversal of denial of sanctions motion against professional objector attorneys who “engaged in a fraud on the court” by attempting to “escape responsibility by appearing not to practice law in [Illinois].” 

 

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Washington
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
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