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Alex R. Hess

Litigation Attorney at Cambridge, MA

3.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

About Alex

Learn Alex’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Bankruptcy Litigation & Adversary Proceedings, Commercial Litigation, Contract litigation, Mortgage Fraud, Breach of Contract actions, Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation, and Fiduciary Litigation

    15 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapters 7, 11, and 13. Debt Discharge, Restructuring, Insolvency, and Adversary Proceedings.

  3. Financial markets and services
    Mortgage Fraud, Lender Liability, Mortgage Audits, Claims against Mortgage Servicers for Mortgage Fraud

  4. White collar crime
    Fraud, Embezzlement, Breach of Fiduciary Duties, Off-Shore Banking, Financial Crimes, Fraudulent Transfers, Forgery, Corruption & Bribery

    15 years

I am an experienced Trial Lawyer with significant trial and litigation experience in both the U.S. Bankruptcy, U.S. District, and State Superior & Appellate Courts. I represent businesses, high net-worth individuals and families, and corporations both in and out of Court. As a season trial attorney and bankruptcy practitioner, I handle high-profile and serious federal, internal, state and local investigations.

My experience from both sides of the courtroom aisle brings a significant layer of insight to the advice I provide clients. I have experience prosecuting embezzlement and corporate shareholder disputes as well as defending felonies, securities fraud, and homicide cases. I serve as lead counsel to businesses and individuals in federal and state court, and handle mortgage fraud disputes, adversary proceedings during contested bankruptcies, appeals, and commercial contract disputes.

I am often brought on board to handle complex financial investigations and business disputes. I also represent families, closely held corporations, shareholders and investors, and business in both public or private disputes. I have a particular focus on commercial litigation and business disputes; mortgage fraud and mortgage-backed securities litigation; corporate matters; bankruptcy and adversary proceedings; appeals; white collar crime; and criminal investigations.

In Bankruptcy matters, I have served as Chapter 7 Trustee’s Counsel. I also have broad experienced representing both creditors and Chapter 11 debtors in complex bankruptcy disputes, adversary proceedings, and contested secured lien litigation in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts across the country.

I also believe in Pro Bono representation and contributing to the ideals of the Boston and Massachusetts legal community. I am an active member in the American Bankruptcy Institute, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and write extensively for the Bankruptcy Section of both bar associations. I share my experience and insight by authoring published articles covering Supreme Court cases, complex bankruptcy litigation matters, and commercial litigation.

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Alex R. Hess Law Group
245 First Street
18th Floor
Cambridge, MA, 02142

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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defendant Contract Claim in Superior Court. Dismissed Case Against Me and Company
Many thanks to Attorney Hess for defending a frivolous breach of contract claim that a bitter former employee filed against both me personally and my company. As a CEO, Alex treated me professionally and understood the importance of protecting my business, my reputation in the biotech space, and represented me after another attorney turned down my case. He provided the aggressive, confident, and strong defense I asked for, and filed multiple motions that resulted in the dismissal of a case against me and the company. I feared spending over a hundred thousand on what could have been a much bigger case, but Alex was able to squash it from the beginning. I couldn't be happier with the result
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Posted by Tyler | October 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me Save my Business and Reorganize Debts
For years I had a very successful family business (two stores), and we operated with profits for years. Recently, our business suffered large losses and a decrease in business due to online competition and people ordering online (Amazon, etc.) opposed to frequenting brick and mortar stores. I, and family members, had personal guarantees on loans and important promissory notes for the business. Attorney Alex Hess was able to propose a Chapter 13 reorganization bankruptcy that the Judge accepted and I made my affordable payment plan to save my business. Attorney Hess also was able to direct me to an accountant that helped me get the businesses finances in order, and not face increasing interest and penalties from the IRS. Very glad to have been referred to Attorney Hess and my years of working with him in a complicated bankruptcy with lots of debts - I would have been lost without him, and unable to save my family business.
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Posted by Jenny | January 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super helpful and honest
I called Alex regarding a situation pertaining to my late mother's passing, and he provided extremely useful advice at no charge. He suggested based on the details of my situation that I do the filings myself instead of hiring an attorney. If the brief consultation that I got from Alex is any indication of how he conducts his business, I'm confident that he'd provide honest advice and good work, which is hard to come by in this business. Thank you so much!
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Posted by J.L. of Quincy | September 25, 2014
Alex Won at Trial Against the Attorney General's Office and Protected by Business!
Alex defended me in my case and was very helpful and reassuring. He goes through everything with me thoroughly and executed his plans flawlessly. I never had such a wonderful lawyer before, I would definitely recommend him to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Very professional, knowledgeable attorney
From the moment I met with Alex, I instantly felt better. I was going through a really rough time, and he made the whole process so much better. He filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for me, and he handled it so well. When we went to the 341 Meeting I saw so many other attorneys who were clearly unprepared and didn't care about their client's case. Alex had not only prepared me well for the meeting, but he also prepared himself, and that preparation was obvious once the trustee started with her questions. I'm so happy to recommend Alex to others I know are going through the same thing. I know he can help them too!
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Posted by R.J. | September 23, 2013
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney - worked hard to disprove criminal allegations against me
When I first got arrested, probation interviewed me and my income disqualified me from receiving a public defender. I was referred to Attorney Alex Hess through a previous attorney because of his criminal defense experience and his handling of felony cases in the past. From the start, Attorney Hess diligently investigated my case, interviewed witnesses, and dispelled the many accusations and circumstances the DA alleged in their police report. Despite my criminal record, Attorney Hess was able to get me bail, and worked hard to defend the criminal charges against me, and advocated for me in criminal court. I was very happy with Attorney Hess's representation, ability to represent me in court, and work with the DA's to disprove the allegations against me. Ultimately, he was able to disprove many of the allegations against me, and obtain a favorable deal where i received probation instead of jail time. I was very pleased with Attorney Hess's work, and his defense of my case. I highly recommend him for criminal matters.
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Posted by J.R. | June 13, 2013
Attorney Hess won my Fraud case in Bankruptcy Court and helped me recover money I was owed.
Attorney Hess prosecuted my claim for fraud in Bankruptcy Court (Boston), and stopped a former business partner from defrauding me out of lots of money. After our relationship soured, my former business partner took off and he owed me over $70,000. I couldn't find him for months, and months down the road I received papers that he filed a bankruptcy in Massachusetts and was trying to avoid paying me the money he owed me. Attorney Hess with the help of Richard Gottlieb's office successfully sued him in Bankruptcy Court (I didn't even know you could do that), and received an order from the judge that he couldn't discharge my debt. He tried to defraud me out of a lot of money and Attorney Hess did a great job in court proving fraud and that he really did owe me the money. I would use their office again for any service. Their office was friendly, responsive to calls and emails, and made the entire process easy to understand.
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Posted by MC | March 31, 2013
Great Bankruptcy Attorney - defended me from creditors, and eliminated all my debts
Alex, and the team at The Law Offices of Richard N. Gottlieb, vigorously defended my in Bankruptcy Court after a creditor sued me for fraud. At each court hearing, Alex defended me, won in court, and ultimately won my case and eliminated all of my debts. I was very confused by the bankruptcy process and worried after getting sued, but Alex made me very comfortable and actually listened to me and made the legal process understandable. His knowledge of the law coupled with his strong advocacy skills helped me to win my case. I trust Alex and his team, and would absolutely go to them if I ever need a lawyer again.
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Posted by Henry | January 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
should be disbarred
Alex took our money, promised to work on our case AFTER learning that there was a suspension proceeding against him. He should be disbarred for life for committing that kind of fraud.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Alex Hess knew he was prevented from practicing but he demanded and then cashed a check for 5,000 from me under false pretenses and then I never heard from him. There is a term for that.
Posted by John | November 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As of the writing of this review (November 2, 2023) Alex Hess is serving an 18 month suspension after more than 10 of his clients filed complaints. Contact the MA Bar Association for more information.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not use again
Have used AVVO successfully for legal issues the last several years. Every attorney we hired has done a phenomenal job, followed through on communication, processed cases effectively and efficiently and more. I was expecting the same when I hired this attorney, however, the experience was the complete opposite. Very little communication, no follow up, unresponsive to phone, text and emails. Lot of promises, no action. Complete waste of time and money.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never produced any work for over 6 months
Talks a great game but never produces. He will let you know how busy he is with other clients, with traveling for weddings, etc. but never provided a single document in over 6 months of back and forth with this lawyer. His behavior shines a bad light on his profession and the code of ethics he is bound to uphold.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 3.5 (Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Suspension issued in MA, 2023
updated on 12/08/2023

This status means that an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Alex R. Hess Law Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Litigation Attorney
  • Sassoon & Cymrot, LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Senior Associate
  • The Law Offices of Richard N. Gottlieb
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of James J. Coviello
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Public Defender
  • Suffolk Defenders
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Lafayette College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lawrence v. Osula - Embezzlement
  • Win - Judgment in Client's Favor
  • Bellas Pavers v. Stewart - Appeal
  • The Firm's Victory at Trial was Affirmed and Upheld


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Edward F. Langs Legal Writing Award
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2010
  • Best Note Award - Published Article
  • Suffolk Journal of High Technology Law
  • 2010
  • Quarterfinalist Award for Tom Clarke Moot Court Competition
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2010
  • Finalist Award in Tom Clarke Moot Court Competition
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (14)
Endorse Alex
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hess is an exceptionally talented litigator who has superior knowledge of and vast experience in handling complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. In addition to being a brilliant and skilled trial attorney, Attorney Hess is an extraordinarily gifted legal writer who has successfully handled multiple appellate matters. He is able to seamlessly channel his masterful grasp of the law into persuasive briefs and memoranda and yet also able to advocate the same nuanced legal issues in the courtroom persuasively and zealously to a judge and jury. He is my first call when I have a bankruptcy issue or am faced with any complex commercial or general civil litigation issue requiring creative strategy and analysis. No one is more knowledgeable in their practice area or fights more tirelessly for their clients than Attorney Hess, as evidenced by his repeated successful results obtained on their behalf. I fully and enthusiastically endorse Attorney Hess."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alex and I worked on a number of bankruptcy and mortgage fraud matters together. He often welcomed challenging and complex cases that other attorneys turned down. I found Alex to be diligent, detail oriented, and determined to get the best result for his clients. I fully endorse and recommend him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Alex is an outstanding bankruptcy attorney. Highly recommended!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a very intelligent and diligent attorney. His knowledge is vast, surpassed only by his work ethic. I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Hess."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Hess. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alex is as good as it gets for bankruptcy. His knowledge about his craft is profound and this seems to be what most clients and courts notice right away. Most importantly, Alex delivers. His work product is unrivaled, as his writing skills are well beyond what is average for experienced attorneys. Also a skilled and highly charismatic courtroom litigator, Alex is who I would send friends and family too with complete confidence."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hess is highly regarded by both colleagues and clients alike. He's a great litigator and advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alex. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Hess is a distinguished criminal defense attorney & bankruptcy expert, who passionately advocates on behalf of his clients. He gives his time freely to educated members of the public and the legal community. His answers to questions are articulate and well thought out."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is an intelligent, creative and hardworking attorney who displays a high level of knowledge of his various practice areas."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Alex Hess is a very talented and knowledgeable attorney. He has sound experience and a number of awards demonstrating his mastery in the law. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is an exceptional bankruptcy attorney who I have had the pleasure of working with. He has been a great resource and I highly recommend his work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hess is a very knowledgeable attorney. His writings and his awards show that he is very sharp and represents his clients well."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Good attorney with knowledge and experience. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
White collar crime Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Attorney Hess. His Avvo posts demonstrate his quick thinking and analytical skills that he employs with compassion and common sense. I highly recommend Attorney Hess without hesitation."
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