Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Alexander McHugh grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2009, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude. Alexander received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2014.
While at Fordham, Alexander interned with the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, Egypt, where he represented refugees from the Middle East and North Africa seeking asylum abroad. He also interned with the HIV Unit of Manhattan Legal Services, providing public benefits and housing assistance to low-income New Yorkers with HIV. In 2014, Alexander entered the criminal law arena as a student advocate in Fordham’s Criminal Defense Clinic, where he represented people accused of misdemeanor crimes in Manhattan Criminal Court. Alexander also served as Associate Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Review, defended consumers against debt collection actions in NYC civil courts, and received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for his clinical and legal services work throughout law school.
Before joining BDS, Alexander was a post-graduate Dean’s Fellow in Fordham’s Criminal Defense Clinic, where he maintained a misdemeanor caseload, drafted parole denial appeals for clients incarcerated in New York State prisons and assisted in habeas litigation on behalf of men indefinitely detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.