Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and attended the University of California at San Diego, receiving his BA cum laude in 1990. In 1991, he served as a Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellow, after which he attended and graduated from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In 1992-1993 Alex was a Student Regent of the University of California.

After being admitted to the California Bar in 1994, he served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, specializing in workers’ compensation matters. He joined Jones Clifford in 2000, became a partner in 2002, and is certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. He served as Chair of the State Bar Executive Committee on Workers’ Compensation in 2001-2002. He was an editor and co-author of the legal treatise: California Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice (St. Claire) from 2004-2013, and is a frequent lecturer on California Workers’ Compensation matters. In 2014, he received the Applicant’s Attorney of the Year Award from the State Bar of California, Workers’ Compensation Section. In 2017, he received the Applicant’s Attorney of the Year Award from the San Francisco chapter of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. He has also been consistently selected as a “Super Lawyer” for over a decade, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

From 2000-2002, Alex was Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party. He also has served as a trustee of Urban High School in San Francisco, and a trustee of Town School for Boys. Alex is committed to diversity and inclusion work in the independent school community, is a cofounder of Diversity in Governance (DiG), and has presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference, California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) conference, and People of Color Conference (POCC). Alex enjoys fishing, food, and all things Scottish. Now he devotes his free time to his wife, Allison, and their two children, Samantha and Evan, with whom he makes his home in San Francisco.