Alexander C. Drylewski

Alexander C. Drylewski

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials; Securities Litigation; Web3 and Digital Assets

Alex Drylewski is co-head of Skadden’s Web3 and Digital Assets Group. His practice focuses on high-stakes complex commercial litigation around the world, and he has represented companies and individuals across a wide range of industries and disputes, including high-profile commercial litigation involving emerging technologies, government investigations, securities class actions, trials and appeals.


Mr. Drylewski’s representative matters include:

  • obtaining numerous dismissals of securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits involving alleged violations of federal securities laws
  • representing numerous clients in connection with blockchain/distributed ledger technologies and related litigation and regulatory issues
  • advising transportation network companies in connection with the ride-hail industry, including litigation challenging administrative rulemaking and regulations
  • defending UBS in a first-of-its-kind trial involving over $2 billion in claims relating to residential mortgage-backed securities
  • representing numerous pro bono clients, including in connection with federal death penalty litigation, deprivation of constitutional rights, and matters relating to housing and evictions

Mr. Drylewski’s recent accolades include: named a Fintech MVP (Law360 2023) / winner of a Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award (Burton Awards 2023) / ranked in Band 1 for work in Crypto-Asset Disputes (Chambers FinTech 2024 and 2023) / ranked for Securities Litigation (Chambers USA 2023) / one of the inaugural 500 X – The Next Generation (Lawdragon 2023) / among the 500 Leading Global Litigators (Lawdragon 2023) / among the 500 Leading Litigators in America (Lawdragon 2024) / among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (Lawdragon 2024) / a Future Star (Benchmark Litigation 2021) / a Rising Star (New York Law Journal 2020).

He also was recognized by The American Lawyer for successfully defending Coinbase Global and its CEO against federal securities claims in a proposed class action (2023), representing Capital One in appellate litigation related to the taxi and ride-hail industries (2021), representing Lyft Inc. in successfully invalidating a new “cruising cap” rule in New York City (2020) and representing Maker Ecosystem Growth Foundation in litigation relating to the MakerDAO blockchain platform (2020).

Mr. Drylewski is a member of the board of trustees of the Historical Society of the New York Courts.



  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School
  • B.A., Colgate University


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and District of Columbia Circuits


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edward R. Korman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Alexander C. Drylewski

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials; Securities Litigation; Web3 and Digital Assets