Alexander E. Cottingham is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. He joined the firm in 2020.
Mr. Cottingham graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and East Asian Studies with a Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication in 2016. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2020. In law school, Mr. Cottingham participated in the Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic, served as a Training Director in the Harvard Mediation Program, and was a Senior Editor of the Harvard National Security Journal. In his clinical role, Mr. Cottingham overturned the Social Security Administration’s denial of Social Security Disability Insurance for a client before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. As a Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program, Mr. Cottingham developed, and co-taught, a four day training program to train volunteer mediators in the basic theory and practice of the facilitative mediation model. Mr. Cottingham also co-mediated small claims disputes.
After law school, Mr. Cottingham served as a PILI fellow with Equip for Equality. At Equip for Equality, Mr. Cottingham won compassionate release for a client in federal prison under the First Step Act, and he contributed to the expansion of vote-by-mail access for blind voters in Illinois in the 2020 General Election.