Alexander Dryer
Tel. (415) 676-2239


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 2004


Hon. Michael Boudin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2012-2013

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Alexander Dryer

Alexander Dryer represents clients in a range of complex civil litigation matters, including intellectual property, securities, breach of contract, and employment cases. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, he was an editor at  The New Yorker and wrote for publications such as Slate, The Atlantic, and The New Republic.

Cases of Note

Cotter, et al. v. Lyft, Inc.: We represent technology company Lyft, which connects individuals in need of a ride to drivers willing to transport them. This putative class action addresses an issue critical to the new economy: whether Lyft drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In summer 2016, the parties entered into a proposed settlement that does not require the re-classification of Lyft drivers as employees. The court preliminarily approved the settlement in June 2016. The Fairness Hearing is scheduled for December.

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. Huntington Bancshares, Inc. et al.: We are defending First Data Corporation and Suntrust Banks, Inc. from patent infringement claims.

Shareholders v. Technology Company: We represent a cutting-edge medical technology company in a putative class-action lawsuit claiming that the company’s executives made various false and misleading statements regarding the company’s financial health and the safety of the company’s product. That case is currently at the class-certification stage. We also represent the same company in various real and threatened shareholder derivative lawsuits concerning the same subject matter.

Financial Management Company v. Duff and Dowling, et al.: We secured a dismissal with prejudice for Mr. Duff and Mr. Dowling in San Francisco County Superior Court. The case stemmed from disputes over an investment management firm our clients co-founded.

Awards and Honors

Harvard Law School

  • Forum Chair, Harvard Law Review
  • Semi-finalist, Ames Moot Court competition

Yale University

  • Editor-in-Chief, Yale Herald
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