Education & Honors

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014

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, B.A., 2008

Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching Assistant in Economics

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Merrick B. Garland, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2014-2015

Bar admissions


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 

Alex L. Groden

Chicago Office
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Chicago, IL 60654
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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck LLP, 2015-Present, Partner (since 2020)

Analysis Group, Inc., Senior Analyst (2009-2011), Analyst (2008-2009)

Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment

Confidential Arbitration (Chicago, New York)
Acted as 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.  

Representative cases

Adinolfe et al v. Pratt & Whitney (S.D. Fla.)
Trial counsel for Pratt & Whitney 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. Won summary judgment for two of the 21 related personal injury cases. The others have been stayed while one of the summary judgment orders is being appealed in the Eleventh Circuit. Bartlit Beck is serving as appellate counsel.

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 April, 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.

Big Wins