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Alex Stolyar prosecutes and defends high-stakes breach-of-fiduciary-duty and contractual disputes. He has diverse experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Alex focuses his practice on disputes between majority and minority shareholders, limited and general partners, founders and investors, joint venturers, trustees and beneficiaries, and other principals and their fiduciaries. He also advises nonprofit and corporate directors regarding their fiduciary obligations, and is a sought after speaker on fiduciary duties.

Throughout his career, Alex’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, a major foreign government and multiple international conglomerates. He has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the country involving a broad range of legal issues, including breach of contract, fraud, RICO, trademark and copyright infringement, probate and commercial real estate disputes.

Most recently, Alex defended the former trustees of a $500 million trust in connection with surcharge claims for alleged breach of fiduciary obligations during their administration of the trust. In addition, he prosecuted a $50 million lawsuit against an international hotel management company for breaches of its fiduciary obligations to one of its principals.

Alex has also represented clients, including major Russian and European oil companies, in multiple international litigations involving various jurisdictional, cross-border discovery, and complex conflict of laws issues. Alex serves as the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cross-Border Discovery Practice Group.

Alex has served on the board of directors for the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is one of the founders of the Los Angeles East European Bar Association. He is also a contributing author to California Business Litigation, a two-volume attorney’s handbook published by Continuing Education of the Bar.

  • St. Petersburg International Legal Forum: “Cross-border disputes involving Russian parties: recent practice and unconventional solutions”
  • Silicon Valley Opens Doors Conference: “Fiduciary Issues That Can Kill a Deal”
  • Quarterly Investment Management Roundtable: “Fiduciary Liability in Fund Management and in Fund Investment Transactions”
  • Silicon Valley Opens Doors Conference: “Top 10 Fiduciary Landmines in Startup Transactions”
  • Seminar for Talent Agents and In-House Counsel: “Fiduciary Duty Conflicts”
  • Seminar for In-House Counsel: “Navigating the Minefields of Fiduciary Liability and Founder/Fund Transactions”


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Princeton University, B.A., summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Russian