Alexandra Chopin specializes in high-value commercial and government enforcement disputes, federal and state agency regulatory investigations, and representation of targets and witnesses before committees of the US Congress, federal and state enforcement agencies. She regularly counsels US and overseas financial institutions, multinational corporations and foreign governments, agencies and officials. A former journalist and political campaign media specialist, Alexandra also represents newspapers, broadcast media and public figures in defamation actions throughout the US.

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Foreign Governments and Officials

  • Obtained a landmark jurisdictional decision reversing a US$655.5 million judgment – stayed pending appeal – on behalf of foreign government. Waldman, 835 F.3d 317 (2d Cir.2016).
  • Established key appellate precedent for a foreign government confirming due process protection against exercise of jurisdiction in US court. Livnat, 851 F.3d 45 (D.C. Cir. 2017).
  • Won an affirmance of summary judgment dismissal for a foreign government on evidentiary and procedural grounds. Gilmore, 843 F.3d 958, 962 (D.C. Cir. 2016).
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against a foreign head of state based on official immunity. Manoharan, 711 F.3d 178 (D.C. Cir. 2013).
  • Ongoing defense of foreign governments, agencies and officials.

Congressional and Federal Agency Investigations and Litigation

  • Ongoing representation of multinational financial institutions and corporations before the primary House and Senate oversight and investigations committees.
  • Defense of a billion-dollar mortgage industry company in litigation and investigations by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and other financial regulatory agencies.
  • Representation of a well-financed renewable energy pre-IPO startup, successfully avoided penalties and subpoena response in an investigation by the Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Inspector General.
  • Representation of private equity investors in renewable energy startups in both congressional and Justice Department investigations and bankruptcy litigation.
  • Successfully resolved a Department of Justice antitrust investigation of a leading global energy company without penalty.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of False Claims Act litigation on behalf of a venture capital-financed startup for-profit education institution.
  • On behalf of a national medical laboratory, successfully resolved False Claims Act litigation relating to marketing practices by negotiating a civil settlement with the Department of Justice.
  • On behalf of state’s largest medical system, successfully resolved litigation related to claims for payment to Medicare/Medicaid, including successful defense of challenge to electronic discovery protocol.
  • On appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, established on behalf of a plaintiff seeking disclosure of competitor’s tax returns that individual tax returns are not prohibited from disclosure under federal regulations and Georgia Open Records Act. City of Atlanta v. Corey Entm't, Inc., 278 Ga. 474 (Ga. 2004).

Education

  • Emory University, J.D., 2001
  • Emory University, B.A., 1995

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • New York, 2003

Courts

  • District of Columbia District Courts (all)
  • Georgia (All state courts)
  • New York (All state courts)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Georgia
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

  • D.C. Bar Association
  • Member, D.C. Bar E-Discovery Committee
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Litigation Advisory Board, LexisNexis
  • Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown Law E-Discovery Training Academy

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
    Hon. C. Lynwood Smith, Jr.
    June 2001 - June 2002

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  • Co-author, “E-mining for Evidence: Best Practices for Cost Effective and Compliant E-Discovery in Runoff,” Airroc Matters, Fall 2014
  • Panelist, Masters’ Conference, “EU Data Privacy Regulations: New and Far More Stringent?” October 2014
  • Presenter, “Is Corporate Monitoring of Employee Use of Social Media Alienating Customers?” D.C. Bar Association, September 29, 2013
  • Presenter, “International Data Management After Edward Snowden,” The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Washington DC, September 19, 2013
  • Presenter, “Social Media − Planning for practical discovery while considering the landscape of recent case law and data privacy challenges,” The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Washington DC, October 4, 2011
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Spanning the E-Discovery Divide,” Masters Series for Legal Professionals, Houston, Texas, Augist 16, 2011
  • Presenter, “The Effect of Social Media on Litigation In the Courts and Before Administrative Agencies,” Federal Circuit Bench & Bar Conference, Key Biscayne, Florida, June 23-25, 2011
  • Moderator, “What Would You Do? Finding the Practical, Legal and Ethical Solutions to E-Discovery Problems,” Patton Boggs LLP, April 8, 2011
  • Presenter, “Get a Grip on Social Media in the Workplace,” The Masters Conference, Washington DC, October 4-6, 2010
  • Presenter, “Capital One: The Future of Search,” Capital One Financial Corp., McLean, Virginia, November 10, 2009
  • Presenter, “Global Corporate Change – Navigating Discovery, Risk and Security,” The Masters Conference, Washington DC, October 13-14, 2009
  • Presented, “Recent Developments In E-Discovery Law and Practice,” Patton Boggs LLP, April 4, 2009
  • Presenter, West Legalworks, “E-Discovery: An A to Z Workshop,” The George Washington University, Washington DC, July 15-16, 2008
  • Author, “Acces au métier d’avocat aux Etats-Unis,” Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, July 2003
  • Author, “Disappearing Due Process: The Case for Indefinitely Detained Permanent Residents’ Retention of Their Constitutional Entitlement Following a Deportation Order,” 49 Emory L.J. 1261, 2001

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