Alexi practices in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, but he has participated in litigation throughout the United States. The focus of his legal practice is general liability defense, aviation and aerospace liability, motor vehicle and trucking negligence, premises liability, product liability, and intentional torts. Alexi is also experienced in handling insurance coverage disputes and suspect/fraudulent insurance claims. He has represented some of the largest carriers in the world in arbitration, declaratory judgment actions and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act civil suits.
Alexi is also a seasoned litigator in contract negotiations and disputes arising from leases, mortgages, professional fee arrangements and construction projects. Additionally, he is well versed in creditor rights and judgment enforcement. He has provided legal guidance to banks, credit unions and other lenders on compliance with the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act and New York State’s General Business Law. Alexi has used his experience in these fields to provide pro bono defense work for destitute debtors, veterans and victims of fraud.
As a resident of Suffolk County, Alexi has represented numerous municipalities and incorporated villages of Long Island in cases involving property disputes. He has effectively litigated cases involving claims of trespass, conversion, adverse possession and property damage caused by municipal infrastructure. He has also worked with private landowners and the local governments to abate public and private nuisances without the cost of litigation.
In addition to his legal practice, Alexi was a special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law, from 2014 to 2019, where he taught a mock trial course focused on trial skills, evidence, and professional demeanor in the courtroom. He remains active with his Alma mater and enjoys helping law students gain practical skills for the practice of law.
During law school, Alexi received numerous awards, including the Judge Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association’s Outstanding Trial Advocacy Skills Award. He was a member and contributor to the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal. He was also a member of the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Association.
Alexi is an avid gym rat and starts each day with a workout. Although he enjoys all genres of music, Alexi’s favorite singer is Frank Sinatra and he lives his life with the motto “the best is yet to come.” He is a diehard Yankees fan and he is patiently waiting on the second coming of Joe Namath to save the New York Jets franchise from eternal misery. He loves barbeques, the beach and the outdoors. His dream is to purchase a boat and cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from New York to Florida.
Kim v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., New York Supreme Court, Queens County (Jan. 23, 2020)
In this lawsuit by a foreign national against a commercial airline, plaintiff sought punitive damages for the alleged mishandling of his luggage, including pilfered medical records. Alexi pressed plaintiff for supporting documents and witnesses during discovery, which yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the airline. He convinced the Court to dismiss plaintiff’s entire lawsuit as a sanction for the frivolous and meritless allegations in the complaint.
Gremaux v. Solano et al., New York Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Aug. 22, 2019)
The plaintiff in this case was injured in an accident in Key West, Florida when the golf cart, in which he was an passenger, overturned. Plaintiff sued the driver and the rental company, the latter of whom was represented by Alexi. Following written discovery and rigorous questioning of witnesses at depositions, Alexi established there was no evidence of defects with the golf cart. Thereafter, he convinced the plaintiff and co-defendant to voluntarily discontinue their claims against his client.
Zivkovic v. Pacific 670-674, LLC et al., New York Supreme Court, Kings County (Sept. 27, 2019)
Alexi represented a property developer and construction management company in this Labor Law action. The plaintiff was injured when he fell from a ladder while welding at a construction site and brought four separate claims. The plaintiff moved for summary judgment under Labor Law § 240(1), also known as New York’s “Scaffolding Law,” and the responsible third-party defendant refused to indemnify Alexi’s clients despite having agreed to do so in a subcontract for the project. Alexi defeated plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment by arguing that his own testimony showed he did not know what caused him to fall form the ladder, let alone that the ladder was defective or did not provide proper fall protection. Additionally, Alexi prevailed on his cross-motion for summary judgment and obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s three other Labor Law claims based on the same testimony. Finally, Alexi successfully moved for summary judgment against the subcontractor based on the project contracts and won indemnification for his clients, which absolved them of liability and legal fees.
Pennino v. Brooklyn Kings Plaza, LLC et al., New York Supreme Court, Kings County (Dec. 27, 2017)
In this personal injury lawsuit, Alexi defended the Kings Plaza Shopping Mall where the plaintiff slipped and fell on ice and slush upon exiting a car on the fourth level of a parking garage. The plaintiff suffered a severe leg fracture requiring multiple surgeries. He prepared and argued a motion for summary judgment based on New York’s storm-in-progress doctrine utilizing meteorological data and witness testimony. Plaintiff opposed dismissal by arguing that the storm had ceased for several hours at the time of the accident and even if it had not the legal doctrine does not apply to in-door conditions. Alexi persuaded the Court that the storm-in-progress doctrine may be applied to structures that are open to the elements and that a lull in a storm does not impose a duty on a shopping mall to remove accumulations of snow and ice. The motion for summary judgment was granted and plaintiff’s complaint was dismissed with prejudice.
Ameriprise Insurance Company v. Pugsley Medical Care, P.C., New York Supreme Court, New York County (Aug. 15, 2016)
In this special action involving issues of insurance coverage, Alexi sought de novo review of arbitration awards that found defendant was entitled to Personal Injury Protection benefits despite failing to appear for an examination under oath. Alexi argued that the arbitrator misapprehended the law and the awards must be vacated because the defendant’s appearance at an examination under oath was a condition precedent to coverage under the applicable insurance policy. The Court agreed with Alexi’s arguments and issued a declaratory judgment that the insurance carrier was not obligated to honor or pay claims submitted by the defendant.
Quinones v. Staples, Inc., Supreme Court of New York, Queens County (Aug. 20, 2015)
In this premises liability case, plaintiff filed a lawsuit against a major department store after falling down a wet set of stairs and suffering personal injuries. Alexi utilized deposition testimony from multiple witnesses to establish that the stairs were cleaned shortly before the accident and, therefore, his client did not have notice of the alleged dangerous condition. The Court found the defendant was entitled to summary judgment based on the lack of notice and dismissed the action in its entirety.
Zuchowski v. General Growth Properties, Inc. et al., Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County (Aug. 7, 2015)
Alexi represented the Staten Island Mall in this negligence lawsuit where an elderly plaintiff slipped and fell due to the accumulation of water on the floor from a roof leak. The janitorial service provider for the mall, who was a co-defendant, refused to accept responsibility for the accident and argued that its contract with the shopping mall violated New Jersey law. Alexi won summary judgment against the janitorial service provider by convincing the Court that the contract was legal, enforceable and required indemnification of the shopping mall, including attorney’s fees.
Medical Records Retrieval v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company, New York Supreme Court, New York County (Apr. 9, 2015)
In this case plaintiff sought to vacate a master arbitration award in favor of Alexi’s client. Plaintiff argued that the arbitration award was arbitrary and capricious, lacked a rational basis and that the master arbitrator failed to follow settled law. Alexi defeated plaintiff’s petition and obtained affirmation of the award by convincing the Court that the master arbitrator properly applied case law relating to an insurance carrier’s contractual right to refuse coverage when the insured fails to attend a properly requested independent medical examination.
Ameriprise Insurance Company v. Michaud et al., New York Supreme Court, New York County ( Aug. 21, 2014)
In this insurance coverage dispute, Alexi obtained a declaratory judgment that his client was not obligated to pay insurance benefits to numerous defendants, who were suspected of being involved in a staged accident ring.