"A History of Our Rights - The First Amendment"

A short film by Lisa Russell about one of Alan's most famous cases.   (Part of a 13 episode series.)

Alan Hruska is a graduate of Yale (’55) and Yale Law School (’58).  At Yale Law School he holds the record for having taught more classes than he attended.

In 1958, Alan came to Cravath, Swaine & Moore as a tax lawyer.   By the end of the day, he was recruited into litigation where, over the next forty-four years, he won more than two hundred cases.  He has argued in various courts of appeal, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and he has tried cases in state and federal courts, Tax Court, the Court of International Trade, the International Trade Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.

As a Cravath partner, Hruska handled all the Time Inc. litigation for seven years (mostly libel, privacy and other First Amendment cases, including the Clifford Irving/Howard Hughes action), the CBS litigation for ten years (including the newsman’s privilege case in the Supreme Court), the turbine-generator price-fixing litigation for Westinghouse, the patent and trade secrets litigation for IBM, much of the IBM antitrust litigation, and a wide variety of cases for Price Waterhouse, PaineWebber, Merrill Lynch, Warner Lambert, Ashland Oil, Lever Bros., Esquire Magazine, Curtis Publishing, Studebaker, Vassar College and most of the domestic steel industry.  He also represented many individual private clients of the firm. 
Among the lawyers with whom Alan worked most closely were Nicholas Katzenbach, Lloyd Cutler, Arthur Liman and Tom Barr.  David Boise worked for Alan when David first came to Cravath, and the two later worked together on CBS cases and the steel litigation in the International Trade Commission.  Alan also worked with Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Thurgood Marshall, Brent Scowcroft, Al Haig, Bill Buckley, Fred Friendly and Gloria Steinem, among others, on a variety of matters.  
Alan has been President of the Federal Bar Council and the Institute of Judicial Administration, a Commissioner of the New York State Executive Advisory Commission, Chairman of the Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Program Committee, and Chairman of the Spence School, among his other civic and professional activities.