Alex focuses her practice on product liability, with an emphasis on tobacco-related matters. She handles all aspects of litigation, including orchestrating early dispositive motion practice, arguing critical motions in court, and deposing witnesses. In addition to her tobacco-related work, Alex also has experience with medical device and environmental matters. 

Alex takes pride in developing creative strategies to promote and protect her client's interests. Working primarily as a partner on multiple case and jurisdictional teams handling smoking-and-health cases nationwide, Alex helps devise case and jurisdictional strategy, participates in discovery and pre-trial hearings and conducts a variety of depositions. In addition, she has been on nearly a dozen trial teams in multiple jurisdictions, where she drafted opening and closing arguments, prepared cross-examination outlines for fact and expert witnesses, and participated in the charge conference, among other tasks. 

Alex also is a member of the legal issues team, where she develops case and trial strategy and prepares pretrial and trial motions, briefs and dispositive motions for smoking-and-health cases.

In addition, Alex is dedicated to pro bono and completes hundreds of pro bono hours each year. The cases she has handled in recent years include:

  • Successful appeal of a grant of summary judgment in a Section 1983 excessive force case, including briefing and oral argument before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a published decision, the Court remanded the case in part, allowing the client to have his day in court. McCoy v. Meyers, No. 17-3093 (10th Cir. 2018).
  • A week-long jury trial of the same Section 1983 excessive force case in the District of Kansas. While the jury ultimately found against Alex’s client, they deliberated for more than two hours.
  • Successful prosecution of a FOIA action against the U.S. Department of Justice seeking the release of certain documents in the control of the federal government.

Alex also has served as a supervising attorney for Shook’s Summer Associate program for multiple years, and mentors junior associates. She is actively involved in Shook's diversity and recruiting efforts.



Alexandra L. Pratt, The Need for "Knowing": Why the Iowa Supreme Court Should Reject Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 1327 (2015).