Alexander T. MacDonald advises employers on all aspects of the employment and labor landscape, focusing on emerging legislation and regulation. He has extensive experience advising businesses on worker classification, arbitration, the administrative and regulatory process, and the future of work. He frequently writes, publishes, and speaks on these subjects. His work has been cited by scholars and appellate courts. He is a recognized voice for the management perspective.

Alexander is a core member of the Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) team. With WPI, he advises employers on legislative, administrative, and regulatory developments at the state and federal level. He advocates for employers in the regulatory and administrative process. He also helps employers protect their businesses by understanding and anticipating cutting-edge legal developments.  

Alexander also has extensive experience in traditional labor law. He represents management in all aspects of labor-management relations, including unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, representation elections, contract negotiations, and related litigation, including litigation in the U.S. courts of appeal.  

Before joining Littler, Alexander served as the director, future of work, for a major technology company. He also worked in a national labor and employment law firm and a major public-sector general counsel’s office. He was a law clerk to the senior judges in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In law school, he graduated first in his class.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Lifetime Member

Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers

Member, Labor & Employment Executive Committee

Federalist Society


Recipient, Young Lawyers Conference Significant Service Award

Virginia State Bar


News, Analysis & Press

Employers Preparing For Post-Chevron World In NLRB Cases

Law360 Employment Authority

May 8, 2024

Federal labor law could be completely upended by this summer

Courthouse News Service

April 29, 2024

The ACLU: Champion of Individual Arbitration?

The Federalist Society

March 19, 2024

DOL rule set to broaden liability for employers

Business Insurance

March 1, 2024

What To Expect As 5th Circ. Mulls Broader NLRB Remedies

Law360 Employment Authority

February 5, 2024

Republicans Say DOL's Contractor Rule Is Like AB 5. Is It?

Law360 Employment Authority

January 31, 2024

Does Modern Labor Law Violate the Fifth Amendment?

The Federalist Society

January 4, 2024

Recent Hollywood, Casino Labor Deals Show Unions' AI Focus

Law360 Employment Authority

November 29, 2023

Is the NLRB Unconstitutional? The Courts May Finally Decide

The Federalist Society

November 10, 2023

Administrative Law Shifts May Bring Uncertainty To NLRB

Law360 Employment Authority

October 13, 2023

Contextual Textualism: How Legislative History Can Restrain Judges, Revitalize Congress, and Restore the Conservative Legal Movement

University of La Verne Law Review

September 2023

Is the Administrative State Inevitable? Loper, Chevron, and the “Abnegation” of Law

Federalist Society

August 16, 2023

The War on Independent Work: Why Some Regulators Want to Abolish Independent Contracting, Why they Keep Failing, and Why We Should Declare Peace

Federalist Society Review

August 2023

Is Glacier Northwest the Tip of the Iceberg?

Federalist Society

June 6, 2023

Double Dribble: The NLRB’s General Counsel Revives a Debunked Legal Theory to Expand Labor Law into College Athletics

Federalist Society

June 1, 2023

A Bug in the Logic: Regulators Try to Solve the “AI Problem” Before Finding any Problem to Solve

Federalist Society

April 17, 2023

The FTC’s Indefensible Position on Collective Bargaining

Federalist Society

April 7, 2023

The Department of Labor’s Independent Contractor Rule: A Quiet Threat to Federalism?

Federalist Society

March 30, 2023

Are Agency Fees Unconstitutional in the Private Sector?

Federalist Society

February 24, 2023

The FTC’s Ahistorical Attack on Noncompetes

Federalist Society

January 24, 2023

Secondary Picketing, Trade Restraints, and the First Amendment: A Historical and Practical Case for Legal Stability

Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal

January 2023

Railways, Unions, and Policy Dissonance

Federalist Society

December 6, 2022

CARES Act: Implications for Employers


March 30, 2020

Speaking Engagements

How To Navigate DOL's Latest Independent Contractor & Davis-Bacon Laws

National Association of Home Builders

May 15, 2024

Joint Employer: Are Franchise Companies in the Clear?

International Franchise Association (IFA)

April 23, 2024

Natural Law & Labor Law

James Wilson Institute Webinar

April 9, 2024

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Independent Contractor Regulation

Federal Bar Association CLE

February 12, 2024

Labor After Loper

The Federalist Society

February 2, 2024

The Future of Unionization: What Employers Need to Know

International Food Distributors Association

October 26, 2023

Biden’s Big Labor is Bad for Business

Heritage Foundation

October 13, 2023

Whole of Government White Paper

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

October 13, 2023

Contract Labor in the Hospitality and Service Industries

American Hotel and Lodging Association, Washington, DC

October 11, 2023

The FTC’s Noncompete Rule: From Henry IV to the “Major Questions Doctrine”

Federalist Society Atlanta Chapter

March 28, 2023

Courthouse Steps: Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Federalist Society Practice Groups Virtual Event

January 10, 2023

Panel Discussion of AB 5

Federalist Society San Diego Lawyers Chapter

June 25, 2020

State Regulators and the Gig Economy

Regulatory Transparency Project Podcast

June 25, 2020

Navigating the CARES Act: Common Questions and Key Takeaways for Small Businesses

Client Webinar

April 2, 2020

Hot Topic Roundup

2019 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference, Bethesda, MD

June 7, 2019

Common Employer Questions: Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Disaster Injury Loans

Client Webinar

April 23, 2019


  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2012summa cum laude
  • B.A., Old Dominion University, 2009


  • Spanish
  • Latin

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia