Alex Anderson focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and adjacent matters, including government and NCAA investigations and enforcement actions, as well as complex commercial litigation.

His commercial litigation practice encompasses complex construction disputes and represents policyholders in builder’s risk/liability coverage matters. Alex has particular experience in complex sports industry matters, regularly publishing insightful content on NCAA legislation and regulatory and enforcement issues, including name, image and likeness (NIL), NCAA governance and athlete compensation developments.

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Alex has represented a wide range of clients in all phases of criminal and civil litigation and enforcement actions, obtaining convincing victories results for clients, often in disputes involving complicated or challenging fact patterns. Notably, he, along with colleague William M. Sullivan, Jr., achieved a significant triumph on behalf of the University of Kansas and head men’s basketball coach Bill E. Self in the years-long NCAA enforcement action. Alex’s ability to deftly manage sprawling litigation involving complex legal issues positions clients for successful resolution.

Representative Experience

  • Achieved a significant victory on behalf of his clients, the University of Kansas and head men’s basketball coach Bill Self. Following a years-long investigation, the NCAA’s Independent Resolution Panel concluded that allegations of severe NCAA rules violations against the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program were without merit, and in regard to head men’s basketball coach Bill Self, only a single, Level 3 violation was supported by the record, which afforded no additional penalties beyond those self-imposed by the university, which the IRP also accepted.
  • Represents head of anti-fraud software company in DOJ criminal action, SEC action and related civil litigation alleging securities fraud.
  • Successfully defended former Westinghouse Vice President Jeff Benjamin in obtaining a dismissal of a criminal indictment alleging various serious charges, including conspiracy, wire fraud and securities violations, on the grounds that his constitutional rights were violated when the government presented its case to a per se-biased grand jury. The ourt held that the government’s failure in this respect was a violation of Benjamin’s constitutional right to an unbiased jury, with a further explanation that while “dismissal is a drastic remedy,” such constitutional violations “constitute extreme cases” and the court must take the necessary steps to “protect the law as an institution, […] the community at large, and […] the democratic ideal reflected in the processes of our courts.”

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  • Successfully represented the developer of Washington, DC's $2 billion Wharf project in litigation with Washington Municipal Fish Market tenants.
  • Successfully represented national construction firm in multi-million-dollar recovery of damages in connection with a large Maryland residential construction project.
  • Successfully represented major optical industry client in obtaining unconditional merger clearance for the acquisition of an iconic eyewear company before the FTC.

Professional Highlights

  • Litigator of the Week “Shout Out” for University of Kansas/Bill E. Self victory.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

    B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2010


  • District of Columbia



  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


  • Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court of the District for Arizona (2015-2016)

    Hon. Senior Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (2014-2015)