• New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

  • Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

  • Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Honors & Awards

  • Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing from St. John's University School of Law

Alex Barnett is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy where he specializes in class actions involving: antitrust and securities law violations; consumer fraud; negligent product design and manufacture; wage and overtime disputes; civil rights violations; and violation of environmental laws.  He also handles mass tort litigation.

Representative class action cases include: In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (MDL. No. 2311), in which Mr. Barnett (along with other attorneys from CPM) is co-lead counsel on behalf of end-party payors

In re Freight Forwarders Antitrust Litigation, 1:08-cv-00042, in which Mr. Barnett is a member of the team of CPM attorneys serving as co-lead counsel for the class in this case involving an international conspiracy to fix the prices of freight forwarding services by companies such as UPS, DHL, and their competitors. 

In re LIBOR-based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, (MDL No. 2262), wherein Mr. Barnett represents more than a dozen public entities including the UC Regents, San Diego Association of Government, the County of Sacramento the Counties of San Mateo and San Diego, the Cities of Richmond and Riverside, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and others who invested in financial instruments with interest rates that were set to the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR. The complaints allege that the Defendant banks conspired to suppress LIBOR, both to reduce the amounts they were required to pay on LIBOR-based transactions, and to increase their perceived credit strength in the market.

In re: Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 1950), in which Mr. Barnett along with his colleagues at CPM represents a number of public entities alleging the manipulation of municipal investments for bond funds by a number of financial institutions, insurance companies and brokers colluded to bid-rig the multi-billion dollar derivatives market.  

The class actions that Mr. Barnett worked on prior to joining CPM include, but are not limited to: Turner v. General Electric Company, No.  2:05-CV-186-FtM-33DNF (M.D. Fla.) (claims by purchasers of allegedly defective General Electric refrigerators); Staton v. IMI South, LLC, No.  03-CI-588 (Ky. Cir. Ct.) (claims by purchasers of defective concrete for repair of home foundations and flatwork); In re Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., ATX, ATX II and Wilderness Tires, MDL No. 1373 (S.D. Ind.) (claims by purchasers of allegedly defective tires), Gori v. Merck & Co., Inc., No.: 04L1254 (claims by purchasers of Vioxx for refund of purchase price); and Harman v. Lipari (claims for medical monitoring for residents of neighborhood bordering a Superfund site in New Jersey).   Mr. Barnett also has represented individuals injured by pharmaceutical products such as Redux and Pondimin, Baycol, Serzone, and Vioxx.  In addition, Mr. Barnett served as counsel for the cities of Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco against the handgun industry and as counsel for the City of Milwaukee in a case against the lead pigment industry.

Community/Civic Activities

Mr. Barnett and his wife (a fashion designer in New York City) are active participants in the multiracial family community, and have served as speakers for and supporters of various organizations (including dedicated to fostering understanding and acceptance of multiracial families.  They also were the founders of a stuffed animal company and through that entity donated thousands of newly-made stuffed animals to children in New York City’s Homes for the Homeless program.

In addition, Mr. Barnett has served as a volunteer for the following organizations:

  • K.E.E.N. (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), an organization dedicated to developing the athletic skills of disabled children;
  • New York Cares, an organization that provides volunteer assistance to charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Metropolitan New York area;
  • D.C. Cares, an organization that provides volunteer assistance to charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. area; and  
  • A Broader Image, Inc., a Washington, D.C. non-profit organization that provides Internet access and other technology-based educational tools to children in inner-city schools.