Dr. Alexander Imberg is a first chair trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in litigating cases across the US. Clients primarily engage Alex in high-stakes and complex product liability and commercial litigation. As a native German, he started his legal career in Germany but has since moved his practice to the US, where he has been active since 1996. In his litigation practice, Alex represents clients from a broad variety of industries, including the automotive, technology and energy industries. Many of his clients are German and other European companies, as well as their US subsidiaries, ranging from publicly traded entities to family owned (“Mittelstand”) businesses.

Litigation

Alex represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the US (including in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas), predominantly in complex and high-stakes litigation, such as antitrust. He regularly appears in US federal and state courts, and has tried major US cases to verdict.

Products Liability

Alex’s practice focuses on the defense of manufacturers and distributors of various products, including automotive and other consumer products, in wrongful death, catastrophic injury and major property loss claims. His practice includes class action litigation, as well as cases brought by individual plaintiffs.

Litigation Coordination and Risk Management

Alex serves as national coordinating counsel for numerous companies, including one of Germany's premier auto manufacturers and a leading German plumbing system manufacturer. In that role, he coordinates with in-house and external experts, as well as local counsel in litigation and pre-litigation claims across the US. He also counsels clients in the area of product safety, preventive product liability and risk management.

Corporate Transactions

In his role as the chair of the firm’s global German Practice, Alex frequently advises German and other European companies in establishing subsidiaries and setting up business operations in the US. In doing so, he capitalizes on his experience as a litigator in trying to identify and mitigate potential risks across all types of industries. He also assists his clients in complex commercial transactions and contract negotiations as part of multidisciplinary teams.

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Education

  • University of Mainz, Ass. iur. and Ref. iur. (J.D. equivalent)
  • University of Mainz, Dr. iur, cum laude
  • University of Heidelberg, Legal Studies
  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M., Comparative Law
  • University of Lausanne, Legal Studies

Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • Germany, 1998

Courts

  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • German American Lawyers Association (DAJV)
  • German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), New York and San Francisco – Director

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Member, Board of Directors, German American Chamber of Commerce, New York and San Francisco

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  • Moderator, 4th Stuttgart Automotive Law Summit, German Association of In-house Counsel (BUJ), Stuttgart, Germany, 6 June 2019.
  • Presenter, “DAWT Workshop, Market Entry: Legal Framework,” German-American Business Forum, Potsdam, Germany, 4 June 2019.
  • Presenter, “Subrogation Challenges for Building Products Manufacturers,” DRI 2019 Product Liability Conference, Austin, TX, 8 February 2019.
  • Presenter, “Class Actions in Germany and the US: What Can Be Expected If the “Musterfeststellungsklage” Is Introduced in Germany? What Is the Experience in the US?” 3rd Stuttgart Automotive Law Summit, German Association of In-house Counsel (BUJ), Stuttgart, Germany, 14 June 2018.
  • Presenter, “Risk Management When Entering the US Automotive Market”, 1st Stuttgart Automotive Law Summit, German Association of In-house Counsel (BUJ), Stuttgart, Germany, 28 April 2016.
  • Presenter, “US­Product Liability and Litigation,” Kothes Seminars, Cologne, Germany, March 2014.

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