Alex’s practice focuses on defending consumer product makers in personal injury and wrongful death actions. For the past ten years, Alex has concentrated her practice on representing cigarette manufacturers in thousands of smoking and health cases pending in Florida’s state and federal courts. She has been involved in all phases of that litigation including case strategy, written discovery, depositions, expert witness preparation, motion practice, trials and appeals. During her career, Alex has provided legal issues and trial support in dozens of federal and state jury trials, many of which involved claims for punitive damages. Alex routinely argues significant motions in courts across the state and has also briefed and argued cases in Florida’s appellate courts.
In addition to her litigation practice, Alex is active in several bar associations and has held leadership positions in the Florida Bar and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Within the Florida Bar, Alex was appointed to, and currently serves on, the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Alex is a past president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the largest bar association for women lawyers in South Florida. Alex uses her platform as a former bar association president and first-generation American to advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession. She regularly lectures—in both English and Spanish—about the value of diversity in the law.
Alex is a recipient of several awards recognizing her advocacy for women, including the Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami and the Celebrating Women in Law Award from Florida International University. In addition, Alex has been recognized as a Legal Luminary by the Dade County Bar Association (2016); a Rising Star by the Daily Business Review (2015); and was named one of the top 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami (2012). Since 2012, Alex has been repeatedly listed as a Rising Star in Florida Super Lawyers. A native Miamian, Alex is deeply committed to the city and gives back to the community by donating her legal services pro bono as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in Miami’s family courts through the “Put Something Back” pro bono project in the 11th Judicial Circuit.
Alex joined Shook in 2006 after graduating from UM Law. As a law student, she completed a summer clerkship with Justice R. Fred Lewis at the Florida Supreme Court and a two year-internship with Federal Magistrate Theodore Klein in the Southern District of Florida. Alex was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted cases in the juvenile division.
Frank Cruz-Alvarez & Alexandra Bach Lagos, Court Ruling Offers Case Study In Proper Proximate Cause Analysis, Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, January 14, 2011.
Panelist, "Dealing With Difficult Opposing Counsel During Depositions," Deposition Skills for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade FAWL, February 2015.
Speaker, Women in ADR, 16th Annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Meeting, April 2014.
Speaker, Women in Mediation and Arbitration: Overcoming Challenges and Perceptions, October 2012.
Speaker, Inside the World of Corporate Counsel: The Keys to Going Behind the Velvet Rope, Cuban American Bar Association, June 2012.
Speaker, The Secrets of Superstar Associates, The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade Chapter), December 2011.
Speaker, Challenges Facing Women Attorneys, Florida International University, College of Law, November 2011.
Speaker, Pathways to Success for Women Lawyers: A Panel Discussion, University of Miami School of Law, February 2009.