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Overview

Alex Hagan serves as the head of the litigation group and a member of the firm’s management committee at Ellis & Winters. His practice includes product liability defense, as well as the defense of academic institutions, religious organizations, and 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 courts.

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 been selected as a North Carolina Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation in the 2016 through 2021 editions. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants since 2006. In 2015, he was named the Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and in 2021 as Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Litigation – Defendants. Alex has appeared in North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine since 2006 and maintains a peer review rating of AV® in Martindale-Hubbell.  

Alex is a member of the Trial Law Institute and Diversity Law Institute. In 2020 – 2021, Alex served as Vice President of the IADC Foundation Board. Thereafter, he served as President of the IADC Foundation Board in 2021 – 2022. Alex has also been appointed to the IADC CLE Committee where he will serve as CLE Committee Chair for 2023 – 2024. Alex is a faculty member of the 2015 IADC Trial Academy, held at Stanford University Law School.

From 2017 – 2020, Alex served as a DRI National Director. While serving as a DRI National Director, he served as Chair of the 2020 DRI Virtual Annual Meeting which took place in October 2020. He also served as Chair of the DRI for Life Committee from 2018-2020. From 2020-2022, he has served as Chair of the DRI Corporate Counsel Task Force. 

In January 2022, Alex became the first male to receive DRI’s Mary Massaron Award for Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

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.

 

Credentials

Education

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

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

Experience

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

Presentations/Publications

Awards/Recognition

  • Mary Massaron Award for Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, 2022
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2020
    • Barrister, Order of Veritas
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Leader in the Field” for Litigation: Healthcare & Medical Malpractice, 2016-2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star, 2016-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2006-2022
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Litigation – Defendants, 2021
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2015
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, 2006-2022
  • Peer Review Rating of AV® in Martindale-Hubbell