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Alex Tievsky

Associate

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 is an Associate at Edelson PC, where he concentrates on appeals and complex motion practice. He has briefed and argued cases in appellate and trial courts across the country, including arguments before United States Courts of Appeals in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Virginia. Alex’s advocacy has resulted in significant victories on behalf of consumers who have been preyed upon by online casinos, social media conglomerates, and debt collectors.

 

Alex received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated from the two-year accelerated J.D. program. While in law school, Alex was Media Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He also worked as a member of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and continues to focus his public service work on seeking to overturn unjust criminal convictions. See People v. Nicholas, 2017 IL App (1st) 160229-U (reversing dismissal of post-conviction petition where petitioner alleged torture at the hands of police officers under the command of Jon Burge).

 

Alex’s past experiences include developing internal tools for an enterprise software company and working as a full-time cheesemonger. He received his A.B. in linguistics with general honors from the University of Chicago.

 

Alex is admitted to the state bars of Illinois and Washington. He is a member of 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 so-called “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.
  • 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 (BIPA). 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 BIPA claim in opinion whose reasoning was 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].”
  • Aranda v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc., 202 F. Supp. 3d 850 (N.D. Ill. 2016): Successfully defended against effort to decertify class on the eve of trial based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, leading to the largest Telephone Consumer Protection Act settlement on record.

 

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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