Alex Whitman // Partner

Alex Whitman brings a strong work ethic and writing and advocacy skills to Cunningham Swaim. The winner of two national writing awards, Alex began his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Royal Furgeson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He has since taken his experience as a federal clerk into practice, participating in cases in a broad range of practice areas from the beginning of a lawsuit to the highest level of appeal. Alex’s experience and skill set enables him to analyze and argue complex issues and make clear and compelling arguments, both inside and outside of the courtroom.


Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Collections and Contract Disputes
  • Appellate


Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Faculty Member, Kessler Eidson Trial Techniques Program, Emory University School of Law, 2014


Admitted to Practice

  • Texas State Courts
  • All courts in the state of Florida
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida



J.D. with honors, Emory University School of Law, 2010

  • Executive Symposium Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • Paul Bryan Prize for Constitutional Law
  • Mary Laura “Chee” Davis Award for Legal Writing Excellence
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence: Labor Arbitration Practice (Fall 2008), Separation of Powers (Fall 2009), Politics and Democratic Governance (Spring 2010)


B.A. with honors, University of Florida (2007) – History and Political Science

  • Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary
  • Anderson Scholar with High Distinction
  • Cambridge University Study Abroad Program



  • 2010 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
  • Winner, 2010 American Constitution Society National Student Writing Competition



  • After the Crash, Where Do You Land? (forthcoming publication for SMU Air Law Symposium, March 2015, with Don Swaim and Steve Sanfelippo)
  • Assessing Atlantic Marine: How the Supreme Courts Strengthening of the Forum Selection Clause Will Impact Aviation Cases, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Air and Space Law Committee Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2.
  • From the Shores of Tripoli to the Deserts of Iraq: Congress and the President in Offensive and Defensive Wars, 13 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1363 (2011)
  • Pinpoint Redistricting and the Minimization of Partisan Gerrymandering, 59 Emory Law Journal 211 (2009)