Alex Trepp is a litigator in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Content, Media, and Entertainment Practices. He represents clients in high-stakes litigation concerning government programs, intellectual property, and other challenging legal issues. Mr. Trepp has considerable experience litigating cases through trial and works with a wide range of clients, including academic institutions, digital performance rights organizations, major record companies, and hospitality clients.
Mr. Trepp’s recent engagements include:
- Core member of team that represented Princeton University, Princeton University graduate, and Microsoft, in successful challenge to the rescission of DACA.
- Core member of team representing music industry clients, including performance rights organization SoundExchange, in significant and ongoing proceeding that will determine royalty rates applicable to certain music streaming services for the period 2021-2025.
- Core member of team that coordinated complex domestic and international legal response to government investigations resulting from data security incidents.
- Core member of team that represented the Entertainment Software Associated in triennial proceeding to determine exemptions under Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including through preparation of comments on several proposed exemptions.
- Core member of team that represented music industry clients, including performance rights organization SoundExchange, in proceeding to set royalty rates applicable to Sirius XM’s satellite radio service and certain other digital music services, for the period 2018-2022. On behalf of industry clients, secured 41% increase in the royalty rates paid by Sirius XM to SoundExchange for satellite radio service.
- Core member of team that secured the dismissal of a Relator’s False Claims Act allegations after a five-day jury trial. Trial occurred in the Northern District of Texas. Relator had sought damages in the amount of $480 million.
As an active member of the firm’s Election Law and Redistricting Practice, Mr. Trepp represents and advises clients on matters concerning redistricting, campaign finance, and conduct of the 2020 census. Additionally, Mr. Trepp has twice represented clients in election law matters pending before the Supreme Court:
- Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: Mr. Trepp was one of the primary drafters of a merits brief in this case concerning whether the Commission’s pursuit of neutral and traditional redistricting criteria justified minor population deviations in its state legislative map. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Commission’s map and affirmed that the Commission’s attempt to draw districts that complied with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act furthered a legitimate state interest because the districts were drawn before statutory provisions governing the application of Section 5 were held unconstitutional in Shelby County v. Holder.
- Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar: Mr. Trepp was the lead associate and a primary drafter of an amicus brief concerning the effects of judicial elections on judicial decision-making. Justice Ginsburg repeatedly cited and relied on the brief in her concurring opinion.
Mr. Trepp also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has focused primarily on election and immigration law.