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Spiro, Alex

Alex Spiro



Alex Spiro is a partner based in the firm’s New York office, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Investigations, Government Enforcement & White Collar Defense Practice. Mr. Spiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School. As a Manhattan prosecutor, among other cases, Mr. Spiro helped indict and convict Rodney Alcala, the “Dating Game” serial killer, for two New York murders in the 1970s, and, convicted, at trial, serial murderer Travis Woods. He also worked with the Conviction Integrity Unit investigating potential wrongful convictions.

Mr. Spiro has, as lead counsel, tried well over 50 cases to verdict. Notably, over the last several years, he has secured a string of significant acquittals for his clients in both federal and state court.

While Alex’s practice area focuses largely on “white collar” crime, it spans nearly every type of litigation or dispute across the globe. Mr. Spiro represents students in Title IX hearings while also litigating cases involving securities, complicated financial matters, intellectual property, bankruptcy, etc for corporations. He has also handled an array of complex investigations that include companies in a wide range of issues and industries.

In addition, Mr. Spiro has served on the faculty of Harvard’s Trial Advocacy Program, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and is Chairman of the Board of Harvard's criminal justice initiative - The Fair Punishment Project. As an attorney, Mr. Spiro has lectured on a variety of subjects including trial practice, corporate privilege, evidence, and criminal law. Mr. Spiro is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has received several other academic and professional citations, including the Albert Imlah writing award, the ACC Northeast Ethics Lawyering award, the NYLJ Rising Star award, and the 2018 Law360 “Rising Star” award for White Collar. He also sits on several company boards – both private and public.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Spiro studied bio-psychology and worked at Harvard’s Psychiatric Facility, McLean Hospital. In his five plus years at McLean, Mr. Spiro supervised departments of an adolescent treatment facility and ran a program for children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.


  • Harvard Law School
  • (J.D.)
  • Tufts University 
  • (B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa


The State Bar of New York; United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

  Prior Associations

  • Brafman & Associates:
    • Trial Attorney, 2013-2017
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office:
    • Prosecutor, 2008-2013
  • McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School:
    • Adolescent Mental Health Specialist and Program Director of Children's Autism program, 2000-2005

Publications and Lectures

Professional Activities

  • Harvard Law School Associate Professor in Trial Advocacy Program, (2011- present)
  • Harvard Law School Adjunct Faculty, (2017-present)
  • Harvard Law School Chairman of the Criminal Justice Initiative Fair Punishment Project, (2016-present)
  • Criminal Court Committee for New York City, (2013-2016)
  • District Attorney’s Office trial and orientation lecturer, (2010-2013)
  • Organized and Conducted various Continuing Legal Education Lectures including corporate privilege and compliance, police misconduct, etc. (2013-present)
  • McLean Hospital Training Presentation: "Working with children with Asperger's Syndrome"