Alexander C. Drylewski focuses on securities and complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. He represents companies, financial institutions and individuals across a wide range of industries in a variety of disputes, including all facets of commercial litigation, securities class actions, and federal and state appeals.


Mr. Drylewski’s representative matters include:

  • representing numerous clients in connection with blockchain/distributed ledger technologies and various related litigation and regulatory issues;
  • advising transportation network companies in connection with litigation and regulatory issues relating to the ride-hail industry, including in connection with administrative rulemaking and litigation challenging related rules and regulations;
  • representing commercial lending companies in the New York Commercial Division, Appellate Division and Court of Appeals in litigation relating to the taxi and ride-hail industries;
  • acting as a member of the trial team defending UBS Real Estate Securities Inc. in a first-of-its-kind trial involving over $2 billion in claims asserted by U.S. Bank National Association in its capacity as trustee for several residential mortgage-backed securities trusts;
  • obtaining dismissal of a securities class action brought by shareholders of Iconix Brand Group Inc. involving alleged violations of the federal securities laws;
  • defending Yahoo! Inc. in post-arbitration litigation with Microsoft Corporation regarding alleged breach of contract;
  • securing the complete dismissal, without leave to replead, of a shareholder derivative action brought by shareholders of Pfizer Inc. arising out of the company’s resolution of alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations;
  • obtaining the dismissal of securities fraud and shareholder derivative litigation brought by shareholders of Kid Brands, Inc. involving allegations that the defendants failed to adequately oversee the company’s customs practices. The representation included multiple dismissals at the trial court level and an affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit;
  • defending a chief financial officer in a securities fraud action arising out of the government investigation of alleged off-label promotion of pharmaceutical drugs;
  • representing numerous financial institutions and their affiliates in mortgage-backed securities actions, including suits brought under federal securities laws; and
  • defending a financial institution in federal litigation following an administrative proceeding brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relating to allegations of market manipulation.

Mr. Drylewski was named a Rising Star by New York Law Journal in 2020. In January 2020, he was named an American Lawyer Litigator of the Week runner-up for his representation of Lyft Inc. in successfully invalidating a new “cruising cap” rule passed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He also has been named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.



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


  • New York


  • 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