Alex Dahl has nearly three decades of experience in law and advocacy, having served in all three branches of the federal government as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a federal prosecutor, and a law clerk to a federal district court judge, as well as working in private practice as a lobbyist and civil litigator.
Alex serves as outside General Counsel to Lawyers for Civil Justice, a national coalition of corporations, law firms and defense lawyer organizations, promoting excellence and fairness in the civil justice system. LCJ is the corporate and defense bar voice for reforms aimed at securing the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of civil cases, notably including the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which established “proportionality” in the scope of discovery and created a uniform standard for judicial handling of the loss of electronically stored information (ESI). Alex works with LCJ’s member experts to: (1) promote balance and fairness in the civil justice system; (2) reduce costs and burdens associated with litigation; and (3) promote more predictability and efficiency in litigation.
Prior to founding the firm, Alex was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the second largest lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., for over 11 years. Alex represented companies and associations before Congress and the Executive Branch on a variety of policy issues.
Alex served as the Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he spent five years working for then-Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) on legislative strategy concerning a wide variety of bills and constitutional amendments within the Committee's jurisdiction, which includes legal reform, antitrust, intellectual property, immigration policy and criminal law.
Alex also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted felony drug distribution and firearms cases in DC Superior Court. He was specially assigned to handle criminal intellectual property cases involving illegal sales of pirated DVD movies and music CDs.
Prior to his government service, Alex was a commercial litigator at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he handled a variety of civil matters relating to electric utilities, securities and contract disputes.
Alex began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Dee V. Benson, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah.
Alex currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.
“Why We Need the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” Law360, March 20, 2017
The Federalist Society, Litigation Practice Group, Podcast August 19, 2016, “Changing the Rules of Discovery”
“The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Guide to Proportionality in Discovery and Implementing a Safe Harbor for Preservation” Defense Counsel Journal, October 1, 2015
“Discovery Cost Shifting: Has Its Time Come?” Judicature, August 1, 2015
“The Proposed Rules: Light At The End Of The E-Discovery Tunnel,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 26, 2013