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Alex Hagan serves as the head of the litigation group at Ellis & Winters. His practice includes product liability defense, as well as the defense of laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, and individual health care providers. Alex also has extensive commercial litigation experience, representing software manufacturers, retail chains, and other product manufacturers in contract, trademark, and employment disputes. Alex has considerable jury trial experience in tort and commercial matters in both state and federal court.

As one of its founding members, Alex has played a crucial role in helping to build Ellis & Winters into a firm that provides exceptional client service while minimizing the bureaucracy and costs that can be associated with a larger firm.

Alex is a forward-thinking and compassionate trial lawyer who puts himself in the client’s position when evaluating issues. He considers the impact of legal representation on the client from both a business and personal perspective and strives to understand fully the client’s market, limitations, and goals so that he can formulate the best strategy to move forward.

Effective legal advocacy must be responsive to the enormous diversity of circumstances influencing clients. Alex delves deeply into the client’s needs and objectives by forming a transparent and communicative attorney-client relationship. He carefully outlines options and expectations but does not force a decision on the client. Alex works relentlessly to represent his client’s interests through every stage of litigation.

Alex has presented to various organizations, including the North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges, International Association of Defense Counsel, DRI, Eagle International Associates, Inc., and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He has also given presentations to Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, the Southern Association of Cytotechnologists, and the North Carolina Society of Cytology on federal regulations, trends in laboratory liability issues, and the defense of laboratory malpractice actions.

Alex has been selected as a North Carolina Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation in the 2016 through 2020 editions. In 2015, he was named the Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants since 2006. Alex has appeared in North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine since 2006 and maintains a peer review rating of AV® in Martindale-Hubbell.

In February 2020, Alex was elected Vice President of the IADC Foundation Board, and he is currently serving as Chair of the 2020 DRI Summit. In October 2018, he was named Chair of the DRI for Life Committee and Vice-Chair of the 2019 DRI Annual Meeting Steering Committee. In October 2017, he was elected as DRI National Director. Previously, in August 2015, Alex served as a faculty member of the IADC Trial Academy, held at Stanford University Law School.

Alex received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice James G. Exum, Jr. of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1992 to 1994.

Of Alex’s many experiences over the years, he fondly remembers his work as an English, history, and business administration teacher in a small village school in central Kenya. This experience opened his eyes to a part of the world that is chronically underserved and taught him much about the power of service and education for those in need.

Alex has historically been a competitive marathon runner and triathlete. He has completed an Ironman and several half-Ironman courses and has tried to stay active throughout the years. As his children have grown older, Alex enjoys running and competing with them in various events. He also enjoys fly fishing — a sport that he is very enthusiastic about but still learning.


Legal Assistant

Elizabeth Worthy

Direct: 919-865-7022




  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1992
    • With Honors; Order of the Barristers
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1987

Court Admissions

 Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • United States Supreme Court


Jul 31, 2019 Alex Hagan and Eric Goodheart published in DRI Magazine
Jun 24, 2019 Alex Hagan named Women in the Law “Champion”
May 23, 2019 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2019
Aug 15, 2018 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jun 26, 2018 What Trademark Cases Teach Us About Personal Jurisdiction by Alex Hagan and Paul Cox
May 15, 2018 IADC Committee Chair Corner – Intellectual Property Committee
May 3, 2018 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2018
Apr 30, 2018 Ellis & Winters LLP Obtains Protective Order on Behalf of French Client to Avoid International Discovery Conflict
Jan 30, 2018 Twenty-Two Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 12, 2017 Alex J. Hagan Elected to DRI Board of Directors at Annual Meeting
Jan 20, 2017 Twenty-Three Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Nov 4, 2016 Ellis & Winters Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2017
Sep 14, 2016 Alex Hagan Re-Appointed Chair of DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
Aug 24, 2016 From the Chair: The Pain Management Dilemma
Aug 23, 2016 For Your Clients, It’s Very Personal
May 31, 2016 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA
Jan 25, 2016 Twenty Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 19, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Partners Included in Benchmark Litigation 2016
Oct 15, 2015 Alex Hagan Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates
Sep 15, 2015 Alex Hagan Appointed to Board of Directors for The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel
Aug 25, 2015 Alex Hagan Appointed Chair of DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
Aug 17, 2015 Twelve Ellis & Winters Partners Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List
Mar 26, 2015 Alex Hagan Interviewed for Law360 Article “6 New Technologies to Help You Win at Trial”
Jan 21, 2015 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 9, 2014 Alex Hagan Selected to Serve as 2015 IADC Trial Academy Faculty
Sep 29, 2014 The Pain Drain – The Continuing Impact of Pain Management on Health-Care Providers
Aug 26, 2014 Jon Berkelhammer, Alex Hagan, and Matt Sawchak named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America
Aug 18, 2014 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jan 21, 2014 Seventeen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 16, 2013 Alex Hagan Appointed Vice Chair of Defense Research Institute Medical Liability and Health Care Committee
Aug 15, 2013 12 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jan 31, 2013 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jan 21, 2011 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Feb 4, 2009 Eleven Ellis & Winters attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Sep 7, 2007 Ellis & Winters attorneys make The Best Lawyers in America 2008



  • Clerkship, North Carolina Supreme Court, Hon. James G. Exum, Jr., Chief Justice, 1992—1994
  • Attorney, Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore LLP, Raleigh, NC, 1995—2000



  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Leader in the Field” for Litigation: Healthcare & Medical Malpractice (2016—2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2016—2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2006—2020)
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2015)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation (2006—2020)
  • Peer Review Rating of AV® in Martindale-Hubbell