Alejandra (Alex) Contreras Macias



Massey & Gail LLP
50 East Washington Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312.283.1590
Direct: 312.379.0729
Fax: 312.379.0467

Alejandra Contreras Macias is an experienced complex commercial litigator, having represented businesses and individuals in multi-party and class actions suits across the nation. She has represented banks, airlines, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and sporting bodies through all phases of litigation. She has guided clients through complex issues related to class certification, shareholder derivative suits, and secured transactions.  Alejandra skillfully manages the demands of complex cases, including relationships with numerous co-counsel and investigative agencies, as well as massive e-discovery efforts.

After graduation from the University of Rochester, Alejandra worked as a paralegal in two New York city law firms before attending New York University School of Law.  Alejandra has a long-standing commitment to immigrant rights. During her time as a paralegal, she helped with translation during meetings with pro bono immigrant clients. During her time in law school, Alejandra represented an immigrant in deportation proceedings in Immigration Court working with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic. Alejandra also spent her summer after her first year of law school interviewing dozens of immigrant victims of sex trafficking to file T-Visa applications.

At NYU, she was an active member of the Latino Law Students Association and an editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Alejandra is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about immigrant rights, women’s rights, and education. She is admitted to practice in New York and Michigan.

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 2011

New York
Not yet admitted to practice in Illinois; admission expected fall 2020

  • “2016 Year in Review: Securities Litigation and Regulation,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 24, 2017.
  • “New York State Releases Final ‘First-In-Nation’ Cybersecurity Rules,” National Law Review, February 28, 2017.
  • Served on the board of First Steps Kent in Michigan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a comprehensive early childhood education system in Kent County, Michigan. (2018-2020)
  • Served on the board of the Legal Aid Society in Michigan, an organization that provides pro-bono legal assistance to community members. (2019 -2020)
  • Spanish
  • Represented a sporting national governing body in suits brought by several hundred women alleging negligence in preventing sexual abuse. The complex, multi-party suit involved management of relationships with co-counsel in several states, as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Defended an agricultural organization in a multi-party labor suit brought by over 50 former employees alleging claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and negligence and contract claims; resulting in settlement.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical corporation in a derivative suit brought by shareholders alleging artificial stock inflation; resulting in settlement.
  • Represented the largest insurer of Puerto Rico bond debt during Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy restructuring. The client insured over 5 billion dollars of the bonds issued by Puerto Rico and its public corporations.
  • Defended a U.S. airline against claims brought by a Latin American airline associated with contracts effectuating loan obligations in excess of $500,000,000.