Alexandra N.Fries (Alex)

Associate

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Alex Fries focuses her practice on commercial litigation, with a strong emphasis on securities and corporate governance issues, contracts, fraud, and consumer class actions.

She has represented public and private companies, directors, officers, and employees in matters arising under federal and state securities laws, including shareholder class and derivative actions and merger litigation. Alex also has defended clients in multiple bench trials and has significant mediation experience.

Alex is active in the Los Angeles and Orange County legal communities and has represented several pro bono clients. She was lead counsel in a trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in which she obtained a restraining order for a victim of domestic violence.

Experience

  • MF Global Litigation Trust pursues claims against Jon Corzine and other former officersAs part of MF Global Holdings' confirmed plan of reorganization, Jones Day is representing the Litigation Trustee as plaintiff pursuing claims on behalf of creditors brought against Jon Corzine and other former officers for damages resulting from MF Global's demise.
  • Current and former outside directors of American Apparel defend allegations of breach of fiduciary dutyJones Day represented the current and former outside directors of American Apparel in a shareholder plaintiffs' claim alleging that the board of directors, in suspending and ultimately terminating the company's founder and chief executive officer, breached their fiduciary duties by failing to act sooner and by failing to adopt certain corporate governance safeguards to protect against a potential takeover and the triggering of a default on the company's line of credit.
  • Emulex is granted motion to dismiss in breach of fiduciary claimJones Day represented former and current directors of Emulex Corporation in breach of fiduciary duty claim.
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals defeats motion for preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin shareholder voteJones Day represented Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a motion for preliminary injunction that sought to enjoin a shareholder vote on Avanir's proposed equity compensation plan.
  • United PanAm Financial defends minority shareholders' "bump-up" actionJones Day client United PanAm Financial Corp. ("UPFC") obtained dismissal of a minority shareholders' "bump-up" action seeking to challenge UPFC's public merger, based on the exclusivity of an appraisal remedy under California law.
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