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"I don't run the four corners, Samantha. I fast-break. And right now, it's show time."
— Alex Williams to Samantha Wheeler

Alex Williams, J.D. is a corporate attorney and a name partner at Litt Wheeler Williams Bennett.

History

While playing poker with Harvey Specter, Alex proposes that Harvey join Bratton Gould and that the two of them become junior partners. While Thomas Bratton is interesting in poaching one from Skadden instead, he is willing to promote Harvey and Alex to junior partner under the condition that Harvey gives his word that he will leave Pearson Hardman to join them, which Harvey does. However, as Harvey begins to pack up his things, Jessica Pearson apologizes if he has been mistreated and informs him that she has made a deal with Daniel Hardman that Harvey would be the firm's next junior partner, and Harvey decides to stay. Harvey then apologizes to Alex for breaking his word and promises Alex that if he ever required a favor from him in the future, no matter what, he would repay him.

After Harvey broke his word, he was not promoted and was scorned by Bratton Gould, who gave him unwinnable cases and had him work ninety hours a week. After a few years, however, he was given a chance to redeem himself by Thomas Bratton, who had him represent Masterson Construction, who built the prisons owned and operated by Reform Corp. As their attorney, Alex signed a waiver that allowed the prison to supplement their workers with prisoner labor, although in reality, the prisoners consisted of the entire workforce. In addition to Bratton Gould, Masterson Construction and Reform Corporation benefiting from using prisoners for unpaid labor, they had defrauded the state by filing inflated labor costs by 80%.

In the aftermath of a prisoner who died working, a guard gave Alex a letter regarding Reform Corp.'s cover-up of the prisoner's death. Alex passed it on to Thomas Bratton, who informed Masterson and Reform Corp., and the three arranged for the guard to be murdered. Additionally, Bratton connected all of Alex's bonuses to the incident to make it seem like Alex was responsible. As Alex had a family and attempting to expose the trio would implicate him, Alex chose to keep silent on the matter and aided the other three companies in maintaining their crime.[1]

Alex spent many years at Bratton Gould afterwards and eventually became a senior partner, although it was clear he would never be considered for name partner. In 2016, Harvey, now managing partner of Pearson Specter Litt, convinced Alex to join his firm; Alex agreed, and brought over his clients as well, including Pfizer.

Apart from being friends, Harvey wanted to onboard Pfizer as a client of Pearson Specter Litt in order to displace Jim Reynolds, who was Jessica Pearson's older client. Alex demanded that he be made a name partner in order to make the switch, which Harvey momentarily agrees, but Louis Litt and Donna Paulsen do not agree with Harvey. Harvey informs Alex that he cannot become name partner right away, but that he would become the firm's next name partner.[2]

Alex had brought over Masterson as a client to PSL, and discovered that fellow attorney Mike Ross was investigating Reform Corp. for the murder of an inmate. Needing to protect his secret and that of his client's, Alex went to Harvey and told him that Masterson, a big client, had a conflict of interest and that Mike had to drop the Reform Corp. case, which led to Mike signing a waiver declaring that he was no longer involved with the case.[3]

Bratton Gould soon targeted PSL's clients in order to exact vengeance for Alex leaving them and taking clients with him. Unable to find a way to stop them as Bratton Gould was using insider information given to them by Jessica, Alex went to Thomas Bratton with a signed affidavit claiming that he was solely responsible for the crimes committed on behalf of Reform Corp. and Masterson Construction and that Thomas Bratton was in no way involved; he then offered the affidavit to Bratton in exchange for not only Bratton dropping their action against PSL but signing an agreement that prevented them from targeting PSL clients for ten years, which Bratton accepted.[4]

Alex soon discovered that Mike was still involved in the suit and since he had now claimed sole responsibility for the crimes, burst into the courtroom right before a victory could be brought against Masterson, leading to the case being dropped. Mike berated Alex for doing so publicly rather than privately, which prompted Harvey to realize that Alex was involved in the Reform Corp. situation, after which Alex confessed to Harvey.[5]

Alex soon confessed to Mike as well, prompting Mike to convince Harvey that they should save Alex. Colluding with Robert Zane, they managed to have Reform Corp. pay a huge settlement as well as agree to cease prisoner labor, as well as to have Thomas Bratton hand over Alex's affidavit and resign from Bratton Gould.[6] Following Bratton's forced resignation, Elias Gould took over as managing partner and came after PSL, although Alex used Louis' Dictaphone to record Eli admitting that the lawsuits PSL were receiving were fraudulent and concocted by him.[7] Shortly after, Alex proposed that Mike be promoted to senior partner, although both Harvey and Donna refused to promote him at the present time.[8]

The firm, which had been renamed to Specter Litt, was sued by its former partners on behalf of Stanley Gordon, as the partners claimed they were facing hurdles in their legal careers due to the firm's actions. Using the information on the Dictaphone, Alex had Eli Gould agree to hire them at Bratton Gould, although the deal fell through after Gordon claimed he had something worse on Gould. Specter Litt faced extinction until Robert merged with them, creating Zane Specter Litt.[9]

Harvey, who had been managing partner at Specter Litt, wished to retain the position at ZSL, although Robert wished to assume the position himself. As Louis informed the pair that the pair each had client's with a conflicting division they needed to drop, Harvey and Robert attempted to have the other's division dropped. Harvey enlisted Alex, notifying him that if he wanted him to honor the promise to be the firm's next name partner, he would have to help him defeat Robert. Alex was pitted against Robert's right-hand, Samantha Wheeler, although Harvey hijacked the case when he believed Alex could not defeat Samantha; in the process, he proved to the firm he wasn't management material and allowed Robert to take over the role.[10]

Alex tries to get in Robert's good graces, and Robert informs him that the best way to warm up to him would be to land a big client, prompting Alex to seek out Starboard Airlines, a client of Rand Kaldor, and its CEO, Gavin Andrews, who used to be represented by Samantha. However, Samantha warns Alex that given his prior history with Masterson Construction and Reform Corp., he would be wise not to get involved with Gavin.[11]

Gavin publicly announces that Zane Specter Litt are his attorneys before ordering Alex to launder money for him through the Cayman Islands. Unable to drop him as a client without damaging the firm's reputation, Alex goes to Samantha for help, and discovers that Gavin has his niece listed as his trustee and set up to take the responsibility if the laundering is exposed. Alex informs his niece of this and has her appoint him as Gavin's trustee, after which he informs Gavin that he has legally invested the money in the Cayman Islands but that he would not do anything illegal for Gavin. Samantha then informs Alex that Robert has promised her that she would the firm's next name partner.[12]

Alex is soon assigned to head to Robert's vineyard in upstate New York to represent him for a racial discrimination case. Robert claims that the reason all of his neighbors received their barrels and he didn't is because he is black and they are white, and that his lack of barrels ruined his entire year's harvest. However, it is revealed that the reason his barrels were intentionally withheld was not due to his color but because he bought out the vineyard from a family who was there, and therefore is seen as a "Wall Street" outsider to the other owners, who have owned and operated the vineyards in their families for generations. Robert decides to drop the lawsuit and arrange a community tasting room for the entire community to share for free.[13]

Gavin soon calls Alex after a Vermeer painting one of his planes were carrying was damaged after a hull depressurization, informing Alex that his insurer, Dexhart Insurance, refuses to honor. Samantha, who represents Dexhart, had convinced them to dishonor the claim on the grounds that she believed Gavin had orchestrated the plane's depressurization himself. Additionally, Harvey, Louis and Robert inform Alex and Samantha that the winner of the case would become name partner.[14] Samantha later hacked into a server and found footage where Gavin had spoken to someone else about how the price of his personal Vermeer painting would significantly increase if there was one less Vermeer in the world, which gave a strong implication that he intentionally destroyed the Vermeer he had been transporting for someone else. Despite the fact that the evidence was inadmissible as Samantha obtained it illegally, Samantha assured him that she would not use it in court but would play it for Starboard Airlines' board members, who would then have Gavin fired at the least. Gavin pleaded with Samantha, offering to settle the case by paying for the insured cost of the Vermeer without involving Dexhart and asking for a day to convince the board members to do so. While Samantha initially refused, she gave in once Gavin mentioned that he had kids and that it would affect their lives if he was exposed for his actions and fired.

However, having gained an additional 24 hours before Samantha turned him in, Gavin called Alex and informed him of the incriminating video. As Alex needed to win to become name partner over Samantha, Alex asked Katrina Bennett to impersonate Samantha, walk into Dexhart's offices and gain confidential files. As the information in the files would have legally been in discovery, had Samantha not intentionally refused to acknowledge them and had asked Robert to hide them, Alex used the files to garner a win against Samantha and ensuring victory for Gavin. Despite Alex having won, Samantha tells Robert to promote her anyways like he promised. Robert attempts to do so, but gets into a conflict with Harvey, who wishes to promote Alex. In order to prevent the firm from tearing itself apart, Donna has Louis appointed as the firm's new managing partner, who then proceeds to promote both Alex and Samantha to name partner.[15]

Shortly after the firm was renamed Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, Alex and Samantha had lunch together, with Alex bringing Rosalie. Rosalie was representing the students of Logan Tech, a school that had defrauded their students by promising false futures to secure tuition payments, and asked Samantha to join the case as co-counsel so that she could operate out of the firm. Alex was hesitant about the two women working together, but gave his acceptance so long as he was not involved. They soon received an offer of $15,000 per plaintiff as the school claimed to be on the verge of bankruptcy; while Rosalie believed them and wished to accept their offer, Samantha refused, believing they were lying and demanded $50,000 per plantiff.

Samantha chose to go to Alex, who had a feeling as well as she did that Logan Tech would fabricate their books to make it seem like they were poor, prompting Alex attempted to convince Rosalie of the same. Rosalie was incensed as she believed Alex was undermining her ability to practice law, although Alex convinced her that he respected her but that he believed Logan Tech was lying. Rosalie chose to explain to Alex why she chose to accept the $15,000 settlement, as it guaranteed money for the students and that the difference between 0 and 15,000 was much more significant than between 15,000 and 50,000. Alex agreed with her logic and relayed Rosalie's logic to Samantha, who agreed to support her and accept Logan Tech's offer.[16]

Simon Lowe, a client of Harvey's, makes a handshake deal with Thomas, which he publicly announces. However, Simon informs Harvey that he is using Thomas as a stalking horse to entice his original supplier to restore an initial offer, and orders Harvey not to inform Thomas or his attorney, Alex, lest he break attorney-client privilege. Regardless, Harvey breaks privilege and informs Alex, but also shares Simon's betrayal with Donna, who notifies Thomas. As a result, Thomas honors his original deal with another company at their initial discounted rate while publishing a public notice on the issue, ruining Simon's deal and prompting Simon to fire Harvey and Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams. As a result, Simon hires Daniel Hardman to sue Harvey and the firm on his behalf for breaking attorney-client privilege.[17]

Daniel attempts to have Harvey disbarred for breaking attorney-client privilege. However, Hardman offers to drop the suit if Harvey has him brought back to his firm and made name partner, which Harvey refuses. In order to settle the issue, Robert offers to convince Ellen Rand and Eric Kaldor to have Hardman become a name partner at Rand Kaldor if he drops the case, to which Hardman agrees. However, Eric only agrees to have Hardman as name partner if Zane resigns from Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, and after Eric makes implications towards Robert's relationship with Samantha, Robert informs Eric that he would settle the matter with Hardman some other way. However, after Harvey has Simon fired, Hardman believes Robert was insincere and informs the New York State Bar's Ethics Committee, triggering a hearing.

At Robert's behest, Alex testifies that it was Robert who broke privilege and not Harvey. Hardman realizes that Robert is taking the blame for Harvey and wonders why he would do such a thing, although Robert makes it seem like he had done so in order to frame Harvey and Louis Litt for having him ousted as managing partner and claims responsibility for it. As consequence, Robert is disbarred and is ordered to forfeit his license to practice law.[18]

The morning after the hearing, Alex encounters Stephen Faulkner, a man who works for the New York State Bar Association. Faulkner commends Alex for exposing a legendary attorney but informs him that Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams needs to remove Robert's name, citing that if they do not do so, they would start losing clients, prompting Alex to ask why the Bar would care whether a firm lost clients or not. Faulkner replies that not removing Robert's name affects not only the character of their firm but also the integrity of the Bar, and adds that it would in the firm's benefit if they removed Robert's name of their own accord.

While entering his office, he encounters Thomas, who informs Alex that he and his company are no longer his or the firm's clients. Alex notifies Louis on his morning encounters with Thomas and the Bar. Louis accepts that Thomas has left them but claims that the New York State Bar does not have the authority to remove Robert's name, and asks Alex to check whether they truly can while he goes to check on the firm's reputation. Alex is in his office when he receives a call from Faulkner. Alex informs Faulkner that he has looked over precedents for the New York State Bar and that not only do they not have the power to alter the name of a law firm, but that they allowed a firm seven years ago to retain the name of a disbarred name partner. Faulkner responds that while they do not have the power to do so, they do have the authority to change a firm's leadership if it is failing, and suggests to Alex that he replace Louis as managing partner if they do not want the Bar to intercede.

Katrina gets to the firm early in the morning to talk privately with Alex, informing him that since he needs to convince Louis to have Robert's name removed. Alex refuses on the notion that Robert did not actually commit the crime, and Katrina responds that while she is aware of it, Robert told the world that he did. Alex agrees that the firm's reputation is negatively affected every day that Robert's name is kept, and Katrina reminds him that he owes her a favor; Alex then tells her that he would talk to Louis and convince him to remove Robert's name.

Alex pays Louis a visit in his office and notifies him that the Bar has the power to have another name partner forcibly become managing partner, and that if that happens, the Bar might be able to do other things to their firm; to prevent that, they would have to comply with their wishes and have Robert's name removed. Since there are only five partners who have voting rights on the matter, they require three votes to change the name of the firm; since both Donna and Samantha would vote no whereas Alex and Louis would now vote yes, Harvey would be the deciding vote.

Later that night, Alex heads to Katrina's office to inform her that they are retaining Robert's name. Katrina notifies him that he is no longer in her debt as he successfully convinced Louis, and he replies by stating that she could still ask him for help in the future if she needs it. Katrina suspects that Alex knows something more regarding the matter that he is not sharing, although Alex reassures her that it is not worth mentioning.[19]

The next morning, Alex attends a partner's meeting in the conference room where he is informed that the New York State Bar Association has appointed Faye Richardson Special Master of the firm. Donna inquires into how long Faye is going to stay, with Louis responding that it would up to the discretion of the Bar. Harvey retorts that there is no way he would accept some outside taking control of his firm, while Alex Williams begins to tell Louis that they could have avoided it, only for Samantha to intercede, claiming that Alex was going to say that they could have avoided this predicament had they removed Robert's name.

At that moment, Faye walks in, announcing that she wished to meet them and criticizing the firm's management, such as how the firm had two disbarred managing partners in two years, a junior partner who had gone to prison, and that she believes Harvey was an involved party in Mike Ross' fraud. Faye adds that if they want her gone, they would have to show her that they would stop crossing lines and fly straight, revealing that not only does she have the power to fire them, but that she can approve cases, allocate resources and do anything else she sees fit in her capacity as Special Master. Faye announces that her first order of business would be removing Robert Zane's name from the firm name, causing Samantha to reply that she would find dirt on Faye if Faye attempted to do so. Faye responds that this kind of thinking is the exact reason she had to take over their firm and that Samantha has no say in the matter, causing Samantha to retort that she would be leaving the firm. As she storms out, Faye informs the others that their days of operating the firm as they seem fit, likening it to the Wild West, are over.

Alex goes to Louis' office, berating his decision to sign off on giving Faye control, claiming that they could have used the threat of Faye's interference to convince Harvey to remove Robert's name, which was happening now anyways. Gretchen then inserts herself into the conversation, divulging that she knows Faye as she had worked at Faye's firm years before. Gretchen reveals that during Faye's tenure as managing partner at her old firm, where she and her husband were name partners, she discovered her husband crossed a line and proceeded to have him disbarred, along with removing his name off the wall. Alex states that a woman who would do that to her own husband wouldn't care about what the firm did to her, although Louis suggests that he may have found a way out.

Sometime later, Alex goes to his office where he sees Harvey waiting for him, having poured scotch and wanting to celebrate as he had good news. Harvey informs him that Thomas would be coming later today to sign an engagement letter to be their client again, although he adds that Thomas wanted him to represent him and not Alex. Alex does not like that his partner has taken his client, with Harvey trying to soften the blow by adding that it was only done to prevent Faye from having an exit interview with him. While Alex accepts it, he berates Harvey for trying to mask the news as a celebration.

Faye removes Robert's name and the firm is then renamed as Specter Litt Wheeler Williams. Alex later finds out that his client is being sued and yells at his secretary before coming across an angered Louis, who had been publicly humiliated by Louis. Walking into Alex's office, Benjamin tells them that he requires a digital copy of the by-laws while Louis berates him for not scanning the physical book, dismissing him and ordering him to get the job done by the end of the day. Knowing that they need to blow off steam, Alex invites Louis to go bowling.

At the bowling alley, Louis reveals that he has never bowled, after having attended a bowling birthday party as a child and having his fingers stuck in a bowling ball. While he is initially unable to bowl, he successfully gets strikes in a row, knocking down every single pin consecutively after Alex suggests that he imagine the pins to be Faye. Following the end of their game, Louis has a piña colada while Alex has a beer, and the pair revel in their post-bowling victory. Louis tells Alex that ever since Alex joined the firm he felt shafted outside the firm, while Alex adds that he thought he and Harvey would be a team when he came, but that despite everything that happened, he was still standing by the end of it and that Louis would be. As Louis had shared that he had been involved in wrestling before, Alex displays that he can tap dance, having been forced to take lessons as a child by his mother.

Returning to the firm, he is paid a visit by Katrina that night at his office, who thanks him for taking Louis bowling. She asks Alex to keep being there for Louis, adding that Louis would need his friends now more than ever, and Alex replies that he would.[20]

The next day, while on the way to his office, Alex is approached by Samantha, and the pair discuss Louis' demotion. Alex tells her that he would not do anything unethical while Faye is around, although Samantha responds that she has grown quite fond of Louis and asks him if he would help her use the law to remove Faye from power; when Alex asks her how she plans to do that, she admits that she does not know yet, but as they were lawyers they should be able to find a way.

In Samantha's office, she and Alex find a by-law that states that a Special Master can be ousted if they cause damage to the firm. Samantha suggests going to Gavin Andrews and have him claim that he is leaving them due to Faye's actions, although Alex protests, stating that if they were do so, they would be damaging the firm themselves, and that such an action would fall under conspiracy and therefore unethical. Samantha then calls Alex a coward, while Alex retorts that he isn't doing so and that Samantha shouldn't either.

Samantha later apologizes to Alex for calling him a coward, confessing that she has been off-kilter since Robert's departure. Alex informs her that whenever he has issues in his work life, he turns to his family life. As Samantha does not have a family, she jokingly asks if Alex is intending to adopt her, although Alex invites her to his house for dinner, stating that Rosalie has been asking about her and that Joy loves her.

Samantha arrives at the Williams' residence for dinner, having a drink with Alex. Rosalie and Joy enter the kitchen, Rosalie bringing Chinese food and explaining that their other daughter, Debbie, would not be in attendance. Rosalie and Alex discover that Alex's car has been damaged, and realize it was Joy's doing. As Joy had elected not to disclose the damage in the hopes that whoever drove it next would assume it was their fault, Alex gives her an ultimatum: pay for the damages or have her driving privileges revoked for a month; while Joy argues with her parents, Samantha finds herself extremely uncomfortable and remains silent. The next night, Samantha goes to see Alex in his office, thanking him for dinner, adding that as uncomfortable as the argument with Joy was, it was family and that it inspired her to seek her biological parents.[21]

A week later, former colleague Craig Cameron pays Alex a visit at Specter Litt Wheeler Williams for favor, wanting the firm to tank its case against Panasonic. Craig reveals that Bratton tipped him off about Masterson's crimes prior to his dismissal, with Craig threatening to expose Alex for his crimes if he does not get the attorney on the other side, Samantha Wheeler, to take the deal he has proposed.

Alex reminisces on event from 8 years ago, where Craig confronted Alex about poaching Masterson from him. Alex attempted to explain that Bratton had given it to him and attempted to split another client, Mayfield Foods, with Craig, although Craig refused as Mayfield is a tenth of Masterson and that he wouldn't get his bonus that year. Thinking back on that day, Alex walks into Samantha's office, asking her to take Craig's offer. Samantha deduces that Alex wants her to take Craig's offer as Craig has something on him and surprises Alex when she asks if it's about the Masterson corruption and his involvement in it, having been made aware of it due to being Robert's fixer. Samantha mentions that if she took the bad deal, Faye would find it suspicious and look into it and that Alex should simply tell Faye about it. Alex replies that he cannot, as he covered up a crime despite Samantha's rationalization that he was framed, adding that he has two daughters and he does not want them to know that their father did that. Samantha asks what Rosalie thinks, only to realize she does not know; Samantha then tells him to tell Rosalie that night.

Alex once again thinks on the past eight years ago, when he came home to see Rosalie showing a video on her iPhone of one of their daughters having learned to walk. Alex informed her how a guard working at one of Masterson's prisons slipped him a note about a prisoner's death being covered up and how the guard was then murdered by an inmate, claiming that he would get to the bottom of it. In the present, Alex returns home, notifying Rosalie that he intentionally ate dinner at the office in order to come home late as he wanted to have a conversation with her after their daughters had gone to sleep. Alex comes clean about his involvement covering up Masterson's crime, stating that he was framed and covered it up to protect his family. Rosalie asks why Alex is telling her the truth now and back then, to which Alex replies that it is because he is being threatened by Craig and that he didn't tell her before because she would have made him come forward, which would have affected their family and wouldn't bring back the two dead men. Rosalie is angered, as she and Alex had discussed the mistreatment of people of color and helping them during their time at Harvard Law School, only for Alex to help Masterson extend prisoner sentences. Alex claims that it killed him to do so, and Rosalie excuses herself to process what she had just been told.

In yet another flashback, Alex called home to inform Rosalie that he would not be home for dinner, with Rosalie adding that this would be five nights in a row that he has missed dinner at home. Alex hung up the phone as Craig walked into his office, asking for half of Masterson as they are working with Reform Corp. and could use two lawyers. Wanting to protect Craig from being trapped in the same way he is and forced to commit a crime, Alex refused and infuriated Craig, who believed Alex was too greedy to share a massive client, adding that he would not be able to move up without Masterson's business as he needed it to fulfill his quarter. In the present day, Alex goes to Samantha's office, aware that Rosalie came to see her as he states he knows his wife and that she would protect her own. Samantha explains that Rosalie wants her to fight dirt on Craig, although Alex, wanting to protect Rosalie, asks Samantha to let him handle it. Harvey then walks in and informs the pair that there are things going on that he is going to notify them of, and that tomorrow morning they would all put a stop to it.

The next morning, Louis, Harvey, Alex and Samantha go to Faye's office to save Donna's vote. They all mention the interpersonal relationships they have, such as Louis naming Donna his child's godmother and Samantha having dinner at Alex's house, although Faye chalks it up to it being friendship and not a relationship and claims there is still a conflict of interest. Louis then reveal that Katrina's code of conduct has a clause that allows the name partners to waive said conflict and that they all have done so. The four also threaten to quit if she does not respect their legal rights to waive conflict, reminding her that she would have to explain to the State Bar why four name partners resigned after she did not let them do something that was their legal right.

Alex walks into Samantha's office that night, where he and Rosalie praise Samantha for saving him. Alex invites her to their home for family game night, and when Samantha replies that he should do that with his family, Alex states that Samantha is his family.[22]

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