Alexander Rusek is an attorney with Foster Swift's Litigation practice group. Based in the firm's Lansing office, Alex’s practice focuses on complex mass action and class action civil litigation, business law & litigation, criminal law, and appellate law. Alex has represented established businesses, new businesses, non-profits, professionals, and individuals involved in multi-party, mass action, and class action litigation, including representing over 100 survivors of sexual assault in high profile cases.
Alex is a graduate of Oakland University and Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude. Alex is currently a Director of The Army of Survivors, Inc., board member and Treasurer of the Ingham County Bar Association, Past-President of the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past-Chairperson of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Equal Opportunity Committee, member of multiple local and national bar associations, and was previously with the Democratic Precinct Delegate for Lansing’s Ward 1, Precinct 6. He has authored multiple articles that have appeared in American Bar Association publications, State Board Michigan Publications, and the Ingham County Bar Association’s BRIEFS.
Honors & Recognitions
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 10 Over Next Ten Award, 2018
Oakland University 10 Within 10 Alumni Award, 2018
American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division, Affiliate Star Award, 2018
Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA, Top 5 Under 35 Award, 2016
ICBA BRIEFS Featured Young Lawyer, 2016
Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of Michigan
- Member: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Appellate Practice Section, Business Law Section, Criminal Law Section, General Practice – Solo & Small Firm Section, Information Technology Law Section, Intellectual Property Law Section, Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section, Litigation Section, Young Lawyers Section
- Governing Council, Litigation Section, 2022-2023
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Member: Litigation Section, Probate and Trust Law Section, Young Lawyers Section
- Director – Board of Directors (2016-2018 as ICBA-YLS President and President Elect) (Elected May 2018, Re-Elected May 2021)
- Treasurer – Elected August 2022
- Secretary – August 2021 – July 2022
- Committee Member – Judicial Review (2019-2020), BRIEFS Publication (2014-2020), Monthly Deliberations (2018-2021), Membership (2016-2019), Lawyer’s Table (2017), Annual Dinner (2017-2020), Barrister’s (2017-2020), Bench Bar (2017-2018), Nominating (2018-2021), Logo Use Policy (2017-2018), Awards (2020-Present), Sponsorship Committee (2021-2022), amongst other appointments.
- ICBA Young Lawyers Section:
- Immediate Past-President (2018-2019)
- President (2017-2018)
- President-Elect (2016-2017)
- Board Member (2016-2019)
- Co-Chair – Social Events Committee (2016-2017)
- Member – Finance, Educational Programs, ICBA Liaison, ICBF Liaison, DDBA Liaison, WLAM Liaison, Social Events, and Paper Chase 5K Committees (2017-2019)
- Member – Educational Programs and Admissions Ceremonies Committees (2016-2018)
- Ingham County Bar Foundation
- Ex Officio Director – Board of Directors (2017-2018)
- Member – Community Social Tensions Committee and Publicity Committee (2017-2018)
- Eaton County Bar Association
- Member (2017-Present)
- Macomb County Bar Association
- Member (2019-Present)
- Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association
- Board of Directors – Board Member (2016-2021)
- Committee Member – Distinguished Alumni Award Committee, Student Liaison Committee, Student Outreach Committee, and Local Chapter Committee Amongst Other Committees (2016-2021)
- Davis-Dunnings Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Member, Business Law Section (Various Committees), Criminal Justice Section, Law Practice Division, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Section of Litigation (Various Committees), Section of Science & Technology Law, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
- Book Publishing Chair – Section of Litigation Privacy and Data Security Committee (2015-2017)
- Chair – Book Publishing Subcommittee, Section of Litigation Technology for the Litigator Committee (2014-16)
- Federal Bar Association
- Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Member
- Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
- Michigan State University College of Law American Inn of Court
- Ingham County Board of Commissioners Equal Opportunity Committee
- Member (1/2021-09/2021)
- Chairperson (8/2018-1/2021)
- Treasurer (11/2016-8/2018)
- Ingham County Equal Opportunity Policy Review & Revision Subcommittee
- Chair (1/2017-1/2021)
- Democratic Party of Michigan
- Precinct Delegate – City of Lansing, Ward 1, Precinct 6 (Elected 08/02/2016; Re-Elected 8/7/2018; Re-Elected 8/2020-8/2022)
- Represented over 85 survivor-plaintiffs and served as local counsel in civil cases arising from the Robert Anderson sexual abuse scandal. These cases were resolved with a $490,000,000.00 global settlement.
- Represented over 40 survivor-plaintiffs and served as local counsel arising from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. These cases were resolved with $500,000,00.00 and $380,000,000.00 settlements.
- Represented former public servant civil defendant in mass tort and class action cases arising from the Flint Water Crisis in the Supreme Court of the United States, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Western District of Michigan, Genesee County Circuit Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court. All causes of action against client were dismissed as part of a $626,250,000.00 master settlement agreement.
- Represented client charged with multiple criminal counts, including False Pretenses > $100,000.00, Conspiracy, and Involuntary Manslaughter arising from the Flint Water Crisis. All charges dismissed in 2019.
- Represented client indicted by a grand jury in 2021 on charges of Willful Neglect of Duty arising from the Flint Water Crisis.
- Represented an international child advocacy non-profit think tank as amicus curiae in the Michigan Supreme Court.
- Represented clients who were sexually abused by clergy members as children.
- Represented client charged with homicide and other crimes. All charges against client dismissed in December 2020. Case is listed in the National Registry of Exonerations.
- Represented client in civil litigation for actions resulting in client’s wrongful homicide conviction and subsequent imprisonment. Settled amicably within four months of filing Complaint in Michigan Circuit Court.
- Represented client charged with homicide and other crimes at trial.
- Represented clients affected by the opioid crisis.
- Represented survivor of sexual abuse perpetrated by a former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives as victim advocate in criminal proceedings and in civil litigation.
- Represented minor client charged with Open Murder and firearm related offenses.
- Represented client as amicus curiae in the Michigan Supreme Court.
- Represented clients in Federal Tort Claim Act matter regarding the negligence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar.
News & Events
- What You Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Lawyering, State Bar of Michigan - On Balance Podcast, September 26, 2022
- Litigators Rusek and Thomas Join Foster Swift, Ingham County Legal News, September 13, 2022
Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2013
Oakland University, B.A., 2010
Bar and Court Admissions
State Bar of Michigan
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court (Isabella County, Michigan)
Pro Hac Vice Admissions: United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware