Alex Kipnis's practice focuses on construction law. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation and U.S. and international arbitration.
Alex's expertise focuses on technically-complex megaprojects, including power generation and transmission, oil & gas extraction and refining, mining and minerals, chemical process facilities, pipelines, and large-scale industrial, manufacturing, and infrastructure facilities. He is a veteran of many litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings (including many tried to verdict, judgment, or final award) under the laws of many U.S. and international jurisdictions. His arbitration experience includes administered and non-administered proceedings under ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA, and other rules. Having built his career on cases that demand complex, highly specialized, expert-driven evidence, Alex's strength lies in presenting difficult technical or economic issues in a way that is favorable for the client and simple for the trier of fact. Alex's expertise encompasses nearly every type of construction dispute, including defects, delay, disruption, and cost growth. Alex also helps companies conduct internal investigations, and respond to investigations brought by a government.
Alex began his legal career with Stein Ray LLP in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. He speaks fluent Russian. He is married with two kids, and enjoys playing outdoors with his family.
Alex's recent engagement include, among others, helping:
- A top 5* EPCM firm defend against approximately $1 billion in owner's claims in connection with alleged errors in engineering, procurement, and construction for a first-of-its-kind nickel and cobalt ore processing facility in Eastern Canada
- A different top 5* EPCM firm defend against approximately $120 million in owner's claims in connection with alleged errors in the detailed design of a $2 billion silicon manufacturing facility in Southern United States
- A top 5* CM firm recover payments, and defeat claims of construction errors in a $2 billion ammonia plant in U.S. Midwest
- An owner of an African mineral slurry pipeline defend against scope change and prolongation claims by a contractor, and pursue delay and environmental damage claims
- An owner of an African power plant defend against delay and disruption claims, and prosecute claims for defective work and delay, against a consortium of international contractors
- An owner of an African nickel and cobalt refining facility defend against prolongation and disruption claims, and prosecute delay claims, against a Korean contractor
- An owner of a major Illinois power plant pursue claims against a supplier of the air quality management system in excess of $50 million
- A major chemical process engineering firm defend against defect claims in connection with a calcium chloride processing facility
- A well-known global water and environmental engineering firm to defend against engineering defect claims arising out of the design of a municipal water system
- An international consortium of lenders enforce repayment terms of a $600 million loan (and related personal guarantee) against a then-developer (and later President of the United States) in connection with a luxury hotel and condominium development in Chicago
- A global MEP design firm defend against a $25 million design defect and delay claim regarding a state-of-the-art courthouse
- A top foreign-based global telecommunications EPC firm to conduct a series of worldwide internal investigations and to design a global compliance program following allegations of corruption and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Several of New York's most prominent architectural and engineering firms defend against nearly $700 million in liability claims asserted by 9/11 first responders at the World Trade Center (WTC) site
- A global oilfield services EPC firm develop and deploy an effective compliance program following allegations of corrupt payments to foreign officials and officials of foreign state oil companies
* As ranked by Engineering News-Record (ENR).
Professional, Business and Civic Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- New York County Lawyers Association
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Honors and Awards
- Rising Stars - Illinois (Super Lawyers Magazine)
- Empire State Counsel (New York State Bar Association)
Mr. Kipnis received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, and his B.A. in Legal Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 2002.