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Alexis L. Collins


Senior Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Oberlin; J.D. University of Chicago

Professor Collins is a Senior Attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton, where her practice focuses on litigation, including criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and complex...

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Professor Collins is a Senior Attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton, where her practice focuses on litigation, including criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and complex civil and antitrust litigation. From July 2003 through August 2015, she served in numerous positions within the United States Department of Justice. Until October 2009, Professor Collins was a trial attorney in the Counterterrorism Section, where she investigated and prosecuted international terrorism cases in federal courts nationwide. After spending two years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, she returned to Washington to serve as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security until June 2014 and most recently as Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section. In those roles, she assisted in the supervision of international terrorism investigations and prosecutions including cyber-related matters, and the formulation and implementation of counterterrorism prosecution policy. During her tenure with the Justice Department, Professor Collins received two of the Department's highest honors: the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in connection with her successful defense against a novel Fourth Amendment challenge to a critical foreign intelligence gathering technique and the FBI Director's Award for her successful investigation and prosecution of a multinational terrorist cell. She also regularly instructed Assistant U.S. Attorneys and others on national security litigation matters. Before joining the Department of Justice, Professor Collins was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb and clerked for Judge John R. Padova in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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