Alec Zadek

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  • University of Virginia (JD)
  • Brandeis University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Alec practices in all areas of complex litigation, including fiduciary matters, insurance and reinsurance, and corporate governance. Alec also routinely advises clients regarding compliance with state and federal regulations.

Alec has experience representing primary and excess insurers with respect to coverage disputes arising under directors and officers, representations and warranties, professional liability, and general liability policies. He has co-authored several articles and client advisories regarding developments in the law pertaining to corporate governance and insurance and reinsurance, including the Director and Officer Liability Insurance Chapter of the American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation.

Alec also has extensive experience litigating disputes between shareholders of closely-held corporations and advising directors, officers, managers, and shareholders of private corporations.

Representative matters include:

  • Represented an insurer with respect to a dispute concerning coverage under a professional liability policy for an insurance broker’s alleged negligence in the procurement of a director and officer liability policy.  
  • Represented an insurer with respect to a dispute concerning the allocation method among standard occurrence-based CGL policies for a long-term progressive injury.
  • Represented numerous clients in post-merger indemnification disputes.
  • Defended directors and officers of companies in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, professional services, engineering, architecture, and financial services against claims that they breached their fiduciary duties.
  • Represented minority shareholders in freeze-out actions against majority shareholders.

Alec has an active pro bono practice, focusing primarily on survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence. He has successfully represented survivors of sex trafficking to vacate criminal convictions arising from the period when they were victimized and represented juvenile survivors of sex trafficking in immigration proceedings.  Alec also devotes his time to advocating for legislative reforms that will enable better access to justice for sex trafficking survivors in Massachusetts.

In 2009 and 2010, Alec was an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, where he took almost a dozen cases to trial for offenses ranging from indecent assault and battery to operating under the influence of alcohol.  On behalf of the Commonwealth, Alec successfully argued the appeal Commonwealth v. Maker, SJC-10761 (2011 WL 711566 (Mar. 3, 2011) before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  During law school, he was the news editor of the Virginia Law Weekly.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Emerging Leader, Boston Business Journal (2015)
  • Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star: Closely Held Business (2013 – 2017)
  • Kids In Need of Defense, Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (March 2013)
  • Boston Bar Association, Public Interest Leadership Program (2013)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, PLUS New England Chapter Committee
  • Member, Business Associates Club
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Human Trafficking Sub-Committee
  • Member, Boston Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee