Alexandra Settelmayer defends the First Amendment rights of journalists and media outlets, providing practical advice while keeping an eye towards facilitating publication. She counsels on a wide range of issues, including defamation, courtroom access, newsgathering, and copyright matters. She has extensive experience advising media clients on issues related to FOIA and other public records laws, fair use matters, and reporter's privilege.
From 2020 to 2021, Alexandra served as the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times where she managed the newspaper's FOIA docket. During her fellowship, she litigated freedom of information, libel, and access-related cases on behalf of The New York Times. She regularly counseled reporters and editors on newsgathering issues and provided pre-publication review.
Prior to joining The New York Times, Alexandra was an associate at an international law firm in New York where her practice covered a broad range of First Amendment, media, commercial, and white-collar matters.
Freedom of information and public records litigation
Admitted to Practice
New York, 2018
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2018
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2018
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2020
J.D., Columbia Law School, 2017
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Parker School Certificate for Achievement in Foreign and Comparative Law
- Notes Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
- Vice President, National Security Law Society
B.A., Economics, New York University, 2013
- Dean's List
Memberships & Affiliations
- Co-Chair, MLRC Next Generation Committee, 2020-Present
- First Amendment Fellow, The New York Times, New York, 2020-2021
- Associate, 2017-2020; Summer Associate, 2016 – Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York
- Research Assistant, Prof. Matthew Waxman, Columbia Law School, New York, 2015
- Summer Law Clerk, Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C., 2015
- Litigation Fellow, Office of General Counsel, Hearst Corporation, New York, 2013-2014