Alec M. Rishwain

Associate

Alec Rishwain is a seasoned associate who enjoys tackling challenging and distinctive legal issues. Alec has handled all aspects of litigation in several legal fields, including commercial litigation (contract disputes, fraud, fiduciary duty), wrongful death, products liability, and personal injury, in both state and federal courts. He is adept at trial preparation, including trial briefing, motions in limine, preparing expert and fact witnesses, and taking pivotal party and expert depositions. He has successfully resolved cases for corporate clients at mediation for below-settlement value.

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. In that role, he composed pleadings in complex commercial litigation cases, including motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss. He also regularly took and defended depositions, including depositions of plaintiffs, witnesses, and subject-matter experts.

Prior to practicing law, Alec was a legal fellow at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Consuelo Callahan. Alec 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 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. He prepared an order denying motions in limine in a case involving complex evidentiary issues and recommended and deliberated outcomes of cases directly with Judge O'Neil.

Alec graduated cum laude from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2018. During law school, Alec was a senior journal editor and served as president of the Corporate and Business Law Society for two years. Alec also volunteered at both the Arizona Voice for Victims and Arizona Legal Center, where he provided legal assistance to those who lacked the resources and ability to resolve their legal issues.

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude Arizona State University College of Law 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

Community
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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