Alex Groden joined Bartlit Beck in 2015. He maintains a diverse litigation practice and has represented clients in several high stakes matters involving mass torts, intellectual property, accountants' liability, products liability, and breach of warranty. Alex currently represents Raytheon Technologies in a series of environmental tort actions alleging more than $1 billion in property damage and personal injury claims.
Alex joined the firm following a clerkship with the Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, Alex graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a recipient of the Sears Prize. Alex was an economic consultant with Analysis Group before law school.
Adinolfe et al v. Pratt & Whitney (S.D. Fla.)
Trial counsel for Pratt & Whitney (a division of Raytheon Technologies) in environmental tort cases alleging groundwater contamination in and around Pratt & Whitney's facility in Palm Beach County, Florida, involving more than $1 billion in alleged property damage and personal injury claims. Defeated class certification (and excluded plaintiffs' main expert) after a 5-day evidentiary hearing. Click here and here to read more about it.
ET Plus Litigation (Jackson County, Missouri)
Trial counsel for defendants Trinity Industries and Trinity Highway Products in class-action litigation involving product liability claims related to Trinity's ET Plus guardrail end terminal system. Trial is set for October 2020.
Bayer CropScience LP v. BASF SE (E.D. Va.)
Counsel for Bayer CropScience in patent dispute regarding polymorphs of tembotrione, the active ingredient in Bayer's Laudis® herbicide. Case settled soon after complaint was filed.
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Confidential Arbitration (Chicago, New York)
Trial counsel for an accounting firm. Obtained a complete defense verdict following a two-week arbitration.
UroPep v. Eli Lilly (E.D. Tex., 2016-17)
Trial counsel for UroPep, securing a plaintiff verdict in a patent infringement jury trial concerning Eli Lilly's sales of Cialis to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The jury determined Eli Lilly infringed UroPep's patent, rejected all of Eli Lilly's invalidity defenses, and awarded $20 million in damages. Click here to read more about the trial victory; click here and here to read about the court's denial of Eli Lilly's post-trial motions.
Professional Activities and Community Service
Illinois ARDC Hearing Board Officer, appointed by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Children's Research Fund (affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago), Board Member
Education & Honors
Harvard Law School, 2014, J.D., magna cum laude
Sears Prize (Awarded to the Two Students With Highest GPA in First Year)
Board of Student Advisers, Teaching Assistant in Legal Research and Writing
Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Editor
Washington University in St. Louis, 2008, B.A.
Phi Beta Kappa
Teaching Assistant in Economics
- Honorable Merrick B. Garland, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2014-2015