Alex Brophy’s practice has traditionally focused on complex litigation on behalf of both individuals and corporations, but since founding Brophy & Lenahan P.C. in 2011, he has also devoted a substantial amount of his time and energy to immigration law and LGBT rights.

The immigration and LGBT rights areas of Alex’s practice has focused heavily on family-based immigration law and representing individuals who have been persecuted in their home countries and are seeking asylum in the United States.  Since the June 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), Alex and his partner, Kate Lenahan, have already obtained green cards for numerous LGBT bi-national couples, who were previously discriminated against by DOMA, and sometimes waited decades to obtain immigration benefits.  

Within his immigration practice, Alex has represented several individuals in removal defense matters, primarily on behalf of individuals who face persecution in their home countries.  Over the past two years, Alex has won several Immigration Court matters on behalf of individuals who fled the Northern Triangle of Central America due to persecution by the police and by gang members.  

Alex has also represented several individuals in litigation matters, including employment and educational discrimination litigation and contractual disputes.  His recent cases have included three racial discrimination suits by five current and former employees of a New Jersey municipality, as well as an education discrimination lawsuit by a gay student against a private college in Pennsylvania, each of which received attention from the media. 

Alex’s corporate clients have included large and small accounting firms, investment management companies, media conglomerates, health care management and pharmaceutical companies, venture capital firms, and software development companies, among other sophisticated business entities. 

Prior to founding Brophy & Lenahan P.C., Alex worked for several years as a litigation associate in the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP, a law firm that is recognized as one of the top 25 law firms in the United States by Vault magazine. 

Before joining Arnold & Porter, Alex spent two years serving as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers federal appeals and administrative petitions for review originating from New York, Connecticut and Vermont.  During his clerkship, Alex gained substantial expertise in immigration law, assisting the Court with adjudicating petitions for review of decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Alex also became proficient in civil and appellate procedure, as well as knowledge of substantive areas of the law, in particular commercial litigation, employment discrimination and immigration law. 

Alex is a particularly strong legal writer, having drafted numerous dispositive motions and appellate briefs during his years of practice.  In 2011, Alex won a Pro Bono Publico Award from the Legal Aid Society for his work on a pro bono criminal appeal.

Alex graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2003, and received summa cum laude and Order of the Coif honors as the 5th-ranked student in a class of nearly 300.  While in law school, Alex was a member of the University of Miami Law Review, as well as the Moot Court Board.  As a member of the Moot Court Board, Alex won a competition for appellate oral argument and was appointed to the law school’s National Moot Court Team.  Alex also received awards for his coursework in Torts, Property, Criminal Law and Scientific Evidence, and served as the Chief Presiding Officer of the law school’s Honor Council. 

Alex completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he majored in International Studies with a concentration in Latin American Studies, and developed a working knowledge of the Spanish language. 

In addition to his legal work, Alex has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Courage Medicine Health Center, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia working to become a future medical home for Philadelphians afflicted with mental illness.

Alex is originally from New Rochelle, New York, is an avid traveler and sports fan, and was an aspiring comedian when he used to have spare time.




University of Miami School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2003

summa cum laude

Order of the Coif

Member, University

of Miami Law Review

Member, Moot Court Board


Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Arts, 1998

Major: International Studies


New York


United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


American Immigration Lawyers Association


New Rochelle, New York


Conversational Spanish


J. Alex Brophy

215-558-7600 (PA)  :  212-203-0557 (NY)