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  • Description
    Under the bright glare of media attention and with the potential for stiff penalties and long-term incarceration, federal criminal trials are no place for newbies. It takes practice and experience, as well as intensive preparation and a solid strategy, to successfully navigate the process. Presented by Alex Spiro and Kayla Feld of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, this CLE course will examine: • The stages of the federal criminal trial • Jury selection strategies • Tips and rules for preparing and conducting direct and cross examinations
  • Instructor Bio

    Alex Spiro

    Alex Spiro is a partner based in Quinn Emanuel's New York office. Mr. Spiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School. As a Manhattan prosecutor, among other cases, Mr. Spiro helped indict and convict Rodney Alcala, the “Dating Game” serial killer, for two New York murders in the 1970s, and, convicted, at trial, serial murderer Travis Woods. He also worked with the Conviction Integrity Unit investigating potential wrongful convictions. He is one of the few attorneys who has both prosecuted and defended police officers.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Spiro worked with Benjamin Brafman as a trial attorney. Alex is an experienced trial lawyer, well known for handling high profile cases for famous clients. His practice area focuses largely on "white collar" crime. In addition, Mr. Spiro represented students in Title IX proceedings.

    Mr. Spiro has, as lead counsel, tried over 50 cases to verdict ranging from misdemeanors to murders. He has also handled an array of complex investigations that include various companies and corporations and has high profile death cases.

    Mr. Spiro has also served on the faculty of Harvard’s Trial Advocacy Program for the past 6 years and is chairman of the board of Harvard's criminal justice initiative - the fair punishment project. As an attorney, Mr. Spiro has lectured on a variety of subjects including trial practice, corporate privilege evidence and criminal law. Mr. Spiro is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has received several other academic and professional citations, including the Albert Imlah writing award and the ACC Northeast Ethics Lawyering award. He also sits on several company boards – both private and public.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Spiro studied bio-psychology and worked at Harvard’s Psychiatric Facility, McLean Hospital. In his 5 plus years at McLean, Mr. Spiro supervised departments of an adolescent treatment facility and ran a program for children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.


    Kayla Feld

    Kayla Feld is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office. She joined the firm in 2017 after working at law firms in Singapore and Paris, France, where she specialized in cross-border investigations into large-scale bribery schemes and international arbitration. Kayla’s work has included investigations into white collar crime, civil litigation and ICC and ICSID arbitrations. She has published on a range of topics, including in the areas of ICSID arbitration, white collar crime and medical-legal issues. Kayla is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. and is fluent in Spanish and French.