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Alex Hokenson

Alex Hokenson


Alex is an associate specializing in commercial litigation, corporate crime and investigations, and regulatory compliance.



Alex has successfully represented major investment banks, large public corporations, C-Suite executives, and former government officials in regulatory inquiries, complex civil litigations, white collar crime investigations, and international arbitrations. 

Alex has extensive experience advising clients in a wide range of matters, including matters involving complex commercial disputes, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, the UK Bribery Act, OFAC sanctions, securities laws, financial regulations, and data privacy laws. He has represented clients in connection with investigations and regulatory inquiries before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Alex has also advised clients on sanctions liability, contract law and other legal issues in connection with major cross-border transactions and complex commercial contracts. Alex has also handled banking regulatory and compliance matters while seconded as an in-house attorney at Jefferies Group LLC.

Alex's experience includes advising: 

  • a real estate development company in an ICDR-AAA arbitration concerning the purchase of a jet aircraft 
  • an oil and gas company in pursuing various contract remedies against Texas-based LNG producer in a contractual dispute over take-or-pay provisions 
  • a major defense contractor in a DOJ investigation into alleged violations of the False Claims Act arising from a U.S. Department of Defense contract in Afghanistan
  • a large minority shareholder in a corporate governance dispute with the management of an oil and gas exploration company entering restructuring
  • an NYSE-listed company in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations into potential violations of the FCPA and foreign bribery laws
  • a major US investment bank in responding to SEC, FINRA, DOJ, and state regulator inquiries and third party discovery requests in civil litigation matters
  • a major reinsurance company and a managing general underwriter, against a former claims auditing company’s breach of contract claims
  • the Archdiocese of New York, in an independent investigation of clergy sexual abuse allegations
  • a UK-based construction materials manufacturer, against a US rival’s false advertising claims in federal district court, successfully securing early dismissal from action
  • a major health care consulting firm in civil litigation concerning employee poaching and theft of trade secrets*
  • a large international bank in parallel FCPA and UK Bribery Act investigations conducted by multiple government agencies across multiple jurisdictions (including SEC, DOJ and the UK’s SFO)*
  • a senior executive of a multinational aircraft manufacturer in an Air Force contractor debarment action related to FCPA allegations*
  • a major pharmaceutical distributor in DEA administrative action and related litigation concerning alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act*
  • a former Director of National Intelligence and former CIA Director in providing witness testimony in House and Senate investigations*
  • anonymous US victims of ISIS terrorist attack in Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act lawsuit against the Syrian government*

*Indicates experience acquired at a previous firm.


Alex received his J.D. from George Washington Law School in 2016, with honors, and his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University. During law school, he was a member of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, and worked with the Department of Justice Criminal Division and the Executive Office of the President. 

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Alex was an associate at a major US law firm in Washington, DC.  Alex has previously served as a US Coast Guard JAG officer. Alex is admitted to practice law in New York and Washington, DC.