Through his experience as a federal appellate law clerk, at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and at a Fortune 500 company, Azar Alexander understands the importance of first-rate service and substance. These experiences guide him as he approaches client relations and legal strategy for his complex commercial litigation and class action practices.
Azar focuses his practice on commercial litigation, class actions, and aerospace-related matters. He has represented corporations, professional firms, and individuals in a broad range of cases, at both the trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts. In addition to federal trial experience in a lead role, Azar brings to the table judicial clerkship and externship experience from four different levels of courts — federal appellate court, federal district court, state supreme court, and state trial court.
Although born and raised in the Midwest, Azar graduated from University of Washington (B.S., 2010) and Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 2016) with Order of the Barristers distinction. He joined Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila after clerking for Judge Eric L. Clay and Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Azar stays involved in the community through bar association leadership, tutoring, and volunteering, and expresses his creativity through his passion for cooking and photography.
Hon. Eric L. Clay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2019)
Hon. Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2018-2019)
Hon. Diane J. Larsen, State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, General Chancery Division (2017-2018)
Judicial Extern, Hon. Helene N. White, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2016)
Judicial Extern, Hon. Steven C. Gonzalez, Washington State Supreme Court (2016)
Judicial Intern, Hon. John C. O’Meara, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2015)
- Successfully argued motion to dismiss for Fortune 500 insurance company that was granted with prejudice.
- Drafted motion to dismiss for Fortune 500 food product company that led Plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss suit.
- Represented insurer and transportation company's interests in mediation that settled favorably.
- Successfully advocated for transportation company's dismissal from action without litigating issue in court.
- Successfully defended motion to dismiss higher education institution's complaint.
EducationSeattle University School of Law, J.D., 2016, Order of the Barristers
National Moot Court Team
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., Visiting Student, Fall 2016
Loyola University Chicago, Post-Baccalaureate Degree, Paralegal Studies, 2013
University of Washington, B.S., Political Science, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Cook County Bar Association
Former LGBTQ Section Chair (2017-2018)
Illinois State Bar Association
Steering Committee on Racial Inequality
Young Lawyers Division Council
Law Student Division Co-Chair
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Fall 2020)
Honors & Awards
Illinois Rising Stars in Civil Litigation, Thomson Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers (2021)
Junior Counselor Award, Cook County Bar Association (2018)
Presidential Award, Cook County Bar Association (2018)
“Public Comments Close on Proposed FAA Rule Governing Remote ID of Unmanned Aerial System,” (co-author) RSHC Insight (August 14, 2020)
“Let’s Talk About ‘Sex’: SCOTUS Delivers Title VII Landmark Ruling: A Case Synopsis of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia,” (co-author) Illinois State Bar Association's Bench & Bar Section Council Newsletter (July 2020, vol. 51, no. 1)
“Learning from a Legend,” SeattleU Lawyer (Fall 2019 Edition)