Overview

Alex Little concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, government investigations, criminal and civil appeals, cybersecurity, victims' rights, and general litigation.

Immediately before joining Bone McAllester Norton, Alex served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and Nashville. As a former prosecutor, he draws on extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts to aggressively representing clients facing investigations or defending against criminal charges.

Alex’s cases are often the focus of intense media scrutiny. Even when his cases are not in the headlines, however, major news sources seek him out for his knowledge of law and policy. Alex regularly serves as a legal analyst and commentator for national and international news networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and SkyNews in the UK.

Experience

Representative cases

  • Represent multi-platinum recording artist and her mother in defamation lawsuit involving allegations of rape by her former producer.
  • Represent companies and executives in criminal and civil qui tam and False Claims Act investigations led by state and federal authorities.
  • Represent defendants in federal and state courts facing an array of criminal charges, including fraud, bribery, murder, and other serious crimes.
  • Represent victims of crimes and crime victims’ families in lawsuits to recover damages against perpetrators and third parties who have acted unlawfully.

Recent successes

  • In 2016, represented U.S. defense contractor in complex international criminal matter involving arrest of employee abroad and export control compliance. Secured employee's release from prison in Middle East and dismissal of case.
  • In 2016, successfully represented sexual assault victim in precedent-setting public records case in the Tennessee Supreme Court. The Court barred release of her personal records
  • In 2016, successfully represented luxury automobile exporters in federal civil forfeiture proceedings involving purchase of vehicles for resale in China.
  • In 2015, represented oncologist and spouse charged in federal court with receiving misbranding drugs. On appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, secured a reversal of all convictions and dismissal with prejudice.
  • In 2015, represented other physicians facing FDA investigations for ordering and distributing misbranded drugs. Federal prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges.
  • In 2015, represented a young man convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 30 years in prison. On appeal in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, secured a reversal of all convictions.
  • In 2014, at trial, defended an individual charged with murder in state court for his alleged role in the drug overdose of his partner. The trial judge dismissed all charges at the close of the case.
  • In 2014, represented a bankruptcy lawyer charged in federal court with perjury and bankruptcy fraud. On appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, secured reversal of perjury conviction for lack of evidence.

Professional Recognition and Activities

From 2013 to 2015, Alex served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he developed and taught a course entitled “The Law of Secrets and Lies," which covered everything from perjury, defamation, and fraud to the Espionage Act, grand jury secrecy, and the Fourth Amendment.

From 2006 to 2007, Alex served as a law clerk for Judge Marsha Berzon of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

Before becoming a lawyer, Alex worked on a broad range of foreign policy matters in the United States and abroad. He has served as a law clerk and consultant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center. In those roles, he assisted in the development of the first indictments issued by the ICC for war crimes in Uganda, drafted intelligence briefings for senior U.S. policymakers and facilitated negotiations between governments and rebel groups in Africa.

Awards

  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers

Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Section, 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Truman National Security Project
  • Fellow, 2007 – Present
  • American Constitution Society
  • Nashville Chapter, Board Member, 2011 – Present

Community Involvement

  • Tennessee Historical Justice Coalition, Chairman
  • Serves as the chairman of a coalition of volunteers working to support the efforts of the Special Joint Committee (SJC) of the Tennessee General Assembly on Unsolved Crimes from the Civil Rights Era. The SJC is the first effort of its kind in the country; it has a legislative mandate to study issues surrounding unsolved crimes from the civil rights era, including lynchings, bombings, and arson.
  • New Leaders Council: Co-Founder, Nashville Chapter
  • Nurses for Newborns Foundation: Executive Committee, Advisory Board
  • Discovery Center at Murfree Spring: Member, Advisory Board
  • International Peace and Security Institute: Founding Board Member, Board Secretary

Insights

“Three Strikes and Kony’s Still There: What I Learned from Negotiations with Joseph Kony and the International Criminal Court’s Efforts to Indict Him,” Beyond #Kony2012: Atrocity, Awareness & Activism in the Internet Age, April 2012

Secrecy at the International Criminal Court, 103 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law (Proc. 232), 2009

“Balancing Accountability and Victim Autonomy at the International Criminal Court,” 38 Georgetown Journal of International Law (363), 2007

About Alex

Alex is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and an alumnus of Riverdale High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and attended law school at Georgetown University Law Center.

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