Cornell Law School
318 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Alexandra D. Lahav is a nationally recognized expert on the civil justice system, complex litigation, and tort law. She studies doctrine from an institutional approach, and is particularly interested in methods for analyzing litigation risk and the history of products liability litigation. She teaches civil procedure, torts, and complex litigation and related subjects.
Professor Lahav is the author of an award-winning book, In Praise of Litigation (Oxford 2017). She is also the new author of volume 11A of the Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure treatise, and co-author of a popular casebook on civil procedure. She has written over thirty articles on class actions, multidistrict litigation and tort law, many of which have been cited by courts and in treatises.
She is a member of the American Law Institute and in 2019-2020 she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has also been a visiting professor at Columbia, Harvard, Tel Aviv, and Yale Law schools.
Prior to coming to Cornell, Professor Lahav held the Ellen Ash Peters Chair at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she won the Perry A. Zirkel Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. Before joining the legal academy, she was a litigator at a small civil rights firm in New York City and law clerk to Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court.