David W. Alexander’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration with particular emphasis on highly technical, multiparty business disputes, corporate governance, financial services, bilateral investment treaty claims, insurance coverage and fiduciary responsibilities.

David represents both public and private corporations before federal, state and local courts and regulatory agencies. He has broad experience with appellate arguments, mediation and international arbitration including serving as arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce, International Court of Arbitration.

David's recent experience includes internal investigations and litigation; special counsel to independent committees of boards of directors; cases arising out of accounting fraud and parallel criminal investigations; and international arbitrations involving bilateral investment treaty claims and expropriation. He has conducted a number of internal corporate investigations including issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. David also recently litigated unfair competition, trade secret and trademark disputes.

David is active in the firm’s litigation and international dispute resolution practices and has experience in recent international arbitrations involving disputes related to the Czech Republic, Ecuador, China, Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile. Prior to joining the firm, David spent two years serving as a judicial clerk for the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. He has been designated a Master Lawyer by the American Inns of Court, Robert M. Duncan Chapter. He is named in Ohio Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1999.

A past president of the Columbus Bar Foundation board of trustees and Chair of the Board of The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, David recently served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Task Force.

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  • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, 1978
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., cum laude, 1974


  • Ohio, 1982


  • U.S. Ct. of App., First Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 and 2024 for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized as the 2018 Columbus, OH Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers
  • Recognized as a Litigation Star in Ohio, Benchmark Litigation 

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