Alec M. Rishwain

Rishwain Alec

Alec Rishwain focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and class action defense. Alec has handled all aspects of civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Alec has extensive experience taking depositions, including depositions of plaintiffs, retained subject-matter experts, non-retained medical experts, PMQs of employers and case-related entities, and pivotal third-party witnesses. Alec is also adept at trial preparation, including trial briefing, motions in limine, and preparing expert and fact witnesses.

Prior to joining Venable, Alec spent four years as an attorney in the complex commercial litigation and general liability/torts litigation practices of a national full-service law firm. Alec was also a legal fellow at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Consuelo Callahan. In that role, he prepared a bench memorandum to a three-judge panel on a case involving complex free speech, substantive due process, and other constitutional law issues, resulting in a published opinion by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - McNeil v. Sherwood Sch. Dist.

Alec graduated cum laude from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2018. During law school, Alec served as a senior journal editor and as president of the Corporate and Business Law Society. Alec was also a legal extern at the Supreme Court of Arizona for Presiding Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil, where he drafted decisions and orders imposing sanctions in professional discipline cases.

Related Practices




  • J.D. cum laude Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University 2018
    • President, Corporate & Business Law Society, 2016 – 2018
    • Senior editor, Sports & Entertainment Law Review
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Sports Law, Professional Sports Law
    • Willard Pedrick Scholar Award, in recognition of academic excellence, 2016 – 2018
    • Pro Bono Distinction
  • B.A. Political Science University of California at San Diego 2015
    • Graduated after three years of undergraduate work
    • Completed the Discover the Law program from UCSD Student Legal Services

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


Personal Activities

  • In his spare time, Alec enjoys playing basketball, golfing, hiking, and strategy games
  • Alec has also coached youth sports in the Northern California area