Alexandra K. Conlon
Alexandra (“Alex”) Conlon is a senior associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Prior to joining the firm, Alex worked as a public defender with the Bronx Defenders for four years. At Bronx Defenders, Alex tried over fifteen felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict, serving as first chair in more than half of them. Her most recent trial was a two month long attempted murder trial, involving numerous medical and forensic science experts, as well as civilian and law enforcement witnesses. She obtained an acquittal on the most serious charges and then won a motion to set aside the verdict on the other counts. In addition to her substantial trial experience, Alex developed a zealous motion practice, winning multiple motions to suppress in cases resulting in dismissal of all charges, including a case that was dismissed after she proved in a suppression hearing that the prosecution’s key witness was lying, which was reported on by the New York Times as an example of the insidious practice of police perjury. After only three years at the Bronx Defenders, Alex was promoted to Training Team Litigation Supervisor, where she supervised numerous trials and suppression hearings.
“I came to Kaplan Hecker to work with incredible litigators who share my core belief that the law can and should be a vehicle for social change.”
At Kaplan Hecker, Alex represented ten plaintiffs in a groundbreaking lawsuit against twenty-four white supremacists and neo-Nazis, based on their roles in organizing the racial and religious-based violence in Charlottesville during the Summer of 2017. She also brings her criminal defense experience to the firm’s white-collar defense practice. Her current representations include an active investigation for an alleged violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as a criminal wire fraud case with a trial taking place in early 2019.
While in law school, Alex participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing numerous indigent clients in Boston Municipal and Juvenile Court. She also interned for Prisoners’ Legal Services, where she worked on a complex class action against the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and for the Knox County Community Law Office, a public defender office, where she wrote a successful felony appeal reducing her client’s sentence and argued a successful motion to suppress resulting in dismissal of her client’s case. Alex also worked as a research assistant to Professor Tracey Maclin, providing research support for his publications and for his annual course focusing on a selection of significant criminal law, criminal procedure, and habeas cases pending in the United States Supreme Court.
Alex graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 2014, where she was a Dean’s Public Interest Scholarship recipient.