Sandy Alexander


Alexander, Sandy

Sandy Alexander's practice focuses on patent litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in disputes involving a variety of technologies, including micro-optics, alternative energy, pharmaceuticals, genetics, medical devices, networking, integrated circuits, LEDs. software and toys. His practice has encompassed discovery, settlement, mediation, trials and multiple appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also advises clients regarding potential disputes, assessment of patent portfolios and issues relating to standard-essential patents.

Mr. Alexander's pro bono practice focuses on immigration and education. He helped win Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307 (2008) and Mata v. Lynch, 135 S. Ct. 2150 (2015) in the US Supreme Court, and he is on the WilmerHale team bringing a constitutional challenge to the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Alexander completed a clerkship with the Honorable Reena Raggi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Alexander worked as an intern on anti-poverty initiatives for the Government of Peru and on WTO negotiations for the United States Trade Representative. He also served as a teaching fellow in constitutional law and economics, a research assistant to Professor Richard Fallon, and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Previously, he was a program officer with the Carolina Center for Public Service, supporting public service by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Alexander is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Recent Highlights

  • Representing plaintiff in patent infringement suit regarding micro-optic anti-counterfeiting technology in US currency
  • Represented patentholder in back-to-back jury trials regarding power-management technology in automobile sensors
  • Obtained favorable settlement of multimillion-dollar dispute regarding the scope of a license agreement
  • Represented an international money transfer services company in a successful Federal Circuit appeal from a judgment of patent infringement
  • Won two-week bench trial in an inventorship dispute. Took depositions and uncovered key documents used in cross-examination of the alleged inventor, cited in favorable decisions by the district court and court of appeals
  • In patent infringement suit brought by non-practicing entity, obtained settlement for no money, following successful motion to transfer and presentation of noninfringement and invalidity defenses to opposing counsel
  • Won injunction in litigation regarding networking and integrated circuits. Drafted Markman briefing leading to favorable rulings on all twelve disputed claim terms
  • Obtained favorable settlement of claims alleging tortious interference with rights to pharmaceutical patent. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $300 million
  • Successfully defended university museum against claims that antiquities had been stolen from Iran

Community Involvement

Mr. Alexander is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he teaches a course on patent litigation. He is also a resident scholar in Lowell House at Harvard College, where he leads a public speaking program for undergraduates. He previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Peabody Terrace Children's Center.

Publications & News


May 13, 2014

Success at the Federal Circuit: WilmerHale Earns Five Victories in One Week

WilmerHale has just completed an extremely successful week at the Federal Circuit, receiving favorable decisions in five out of six patent cases concerning various legal issues.

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.

December 1, 2007

A Political Response to Crisis in the Immigration Courts

21 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1 (2007).

January 1, 2006

Recent Case, Third and Seventh Circuits Condemn Pattern of Error in Immigration Courts

199 Harv. L. Rev. 2596 (2006).

January 1, 2005

Developments in Law – Jobs and Borders: Legal Protections for Illegal Workers

118 Harv. L. Rev. 2224 (2005).


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JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2006, Supervising Editor, Harvard Law Review

MPP, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2006

BA, Classics, with distinction, University of North Carolina, 1999, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions



The Hon. Reena Raggi, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006 - 2007

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