Former federal prosecutor Georgia Alexakis has extensive experience leading complex investigations, managing government inquiries, and arguing cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Businesses and key executives facing crises — from sensitive internal matters to high-profile enforcement actions — look to Georgia for sound strategy based on her deep insights into the inner workings of government, her extensive legal knowledge, and her unwavering commitment to tackling even the most challenging matters.
While serving for nearly nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Georgia developed an enviable track record of success before both judges and juries. As Deputy Chief of Criminal Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Georgia successfully briefed and argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was recognized nationally by the Department of Justice for her outstanding performance as an appellate advocate. Georgia also developed extensive experience as a trial lawyer, securing convictions against public officials, lobbyists, and a police officer who, as a jury found, used excessive force in firing his weapon and striking two Chicago teenagers.
Through both her trial and appellate work, Georgia has accumulated extensive knowledge in areas involving securities and commodities fraud; bank, mortgage, and identity fraud; cybercrime; public corruption; tax; national security; money laundering; and civil rights. And as a supervisor within the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Georgia provided strategic counsel on a diverse range of difficult legal issues stemming from investigations, trials, sentencings, and post-conviction proceedings. Her guidance positioned fellow prosecutors for strong outcomes in the district court as well as on appeal.
While an Assistant United States Attorney, Georgia also was tapped to develop and implement responses to several congressional subpoenas seeking sensitive information from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her work culminated in witness testimony from the Department of Justice before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform Committees. Clients facing high-stakes inquiries value Georgia’s thorough and thoughtful approach to managing the disclosure of financial and other proprietary data in order to address government requests while protecting business interests.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Georgia was a partner at a nationally recognized litigation firm. There, she served as trial counsel — in jury and bench trials as well as arbitrations — in matters involving breach of contract, accounting malpractice, product liability, and mass tort disputes for clients in multiple industries, including financial services, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
She also has experience as a business strategy consultant based on her years with the Boston Consulting Group. Clients appreciate the depth and breadth of Georgia’s understanding of business and legal issues.
Law Clerk, Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2006-2007)
Law Clerk, Hon. Milton I. Shadur, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2007-2008)
- Successfully litigated trade secret and non-compete action, including obtaining preliminary injunction prohibiting multiple former employees from soliciting clients of former employer and using former employer’s confidential information.
- Led sensitive investigation into allegations of race-based employment discrimination for Fortune 500 company.
- Led investigation into theft of data from client in health care industry.
- Represented individuals serving as key witnesses in various government investigations.
- Counseled corporate entity in federal sentencing proceedings, including helping entity prepare effective victim impact statement in criminal copyright infringement matter.
- Trial counsel for a large aircraft manufacturer in an $80-million accounting dispute with the federal government. Prevailed in bench trial in Court of Federal Claims.
- Trial counsel for "Big Four'' accounting firm in AAA arbitration against principals of multi-billion-dollar investment firm. Plaintiffs alleged firm's tax shelter advice led to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Matter settled favorably for client following arbitration.
- Trial counsel for multi-national pharmaceutical corporation in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty action relating to client's development of new anti-cancer treatments. Case settled favorably for client during jury trial.
- Represented large medical device manufacturer in breach of contract action stemming from client's acquisition of medical-device developer. Plaintiffs alleged approximately $250 million in damages. Prevailed in summary judgment phase, after which case settled favorably.
- Represented a multi-national pharmaceutical corporation in an MDL involving 11 alleged class actions relating to aspirin combination products.
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Special Section Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
Harvard University, A. B., Government, 2000, magna cum laude
Managing Editor, The Harvard Crimson
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Appellate Lawyers Association
Appellate Editorial Advisory Board (2022)
Women in White Collar Defense Association
Honors & AwardsLeadership Greater Chicago, Signature Fellow (2021)
Director’s Award for Superior Performance, Executive Office of United States Attorneys (2021)
Cook County Crime Stoppers Award (2019)
Chicago Crime Commission Excellence in Law Enforcement Award (2016)
Young Alumni Award, Student-Funded Public Interest Fellowships, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (2016)
Languages Spoken & Fluency
“What DOJ Gov’t Monitoring Guidance Can Teach Companies,” (co-author) Law360 Commentary (September 29, 2021)
Anti-Defamation League, Midwest Board of Directors
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana