Alexander Platt

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law

2019-2020

Biography

Alex Platt's research focuses on the public and private enforcement of the securities laws. His scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in various law journals including the Yale Journal on Regulation, the U.C. Davis Law Review, and The Business Lawyer. His work has been discussed in The Economist, Institutional Investor, and the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and was cited in an opinion by the Eleventh Circuit. In 2016, the SEC adopted a version of one of the reforms Alex proposed, amending the agency's Rules of Practice to give respondents facing enforcement proceedings the right to attack the Commission’s legal theories at the outset of an administrative proceeding.

Alex is a 2012 graduate of Yale Law School where he served as Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for Judges Stephen F. Williams (D.C. Cir.) and Royce C. Lamberth (D.D.C.) and worked in private practice at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Washington DC, representing clients in high-stakes disputes with an emphasis on securities-related matters, including both plaintiff- and defense-side work. Earlier, Alex received a B.A. magna cum laude from Columbia University with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science.

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