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Alex Harrell



Alex Harrell works with clients to develop comprehensive litigation strategies and secure successful outcomes on appeal.  He has extensive experience in the Texas appellate courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he appears on behalf of businesses and public interest groups in appellate courts across the country. He has briefed and argued a broad range of appellate issues, ranging from contract construction to complicated procedural and jurisdictional questions.

Alex has extensive experience representing insurance carriers in coverage disputes, and he frequently argues on behalf of insurers in high stakes appeals regarding the scope and availability of coverage under various types of policy forms.  He also helps trial counsel in insurance coverage matters win cases by framing policy interpretation positions; developing, drafting, and arguing case-critical motions; and protecting the trial record for purposes of appeal.

Alex counsels employers on workplace-related issues, with a particular emphasis on post-employment restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets and proprietary information. Alex has served on the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas and has authored several articles on developments in the law surrounding non-compete agreements and trade secrets.

Representative Matters

Recently, Alex:

  • Successfully defended on appeal a summary judgment for an insurer in a coverage dispute involving millions of dollars in environmental remediation costs sought under a premises environmental policy.
  • Obtained a summary affirmance from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals of a summary judgment for an insurance carrier in a case brought under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
  • Obtained multiple summary judgments for insurers and is defending on appeal statutory limitations on awards (including with regard to attorneys’ fees) for weather-related insurance coverage disputes.  These cases involve matters of first impression under a new Texas statute.
  • Successfully persuaded a federal district court to reverse its earlier decision and grant summary judgment in favor of an insurer in a property damage dispute.
  • As lead trial counsel, obtained defense verdict for a regional galvanizing company and its principal officer in a misappropriation of trade secrets case.

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Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Texas Tech University School of Law
J.D. (2006)

Texas Christian University
B.B.A. (2003)

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  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022-23
  • Texas Super Lawyers — Rising Star 2017-21
  • Fort Worth Magazine — Top Attorney, Civil Litigation, 2008-13
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