Adam represents clients from the Fortune 500 to founders in major litigations across the United States. In addition to his litigation practice, he routinely counsels clients in a variety of sophisticated transactional, corporate governance, and technology related matters.
Adam has a unique multifaceted role for many clients as a front-line litigator, dealmaker, and trusted general advisor on a wide range of strategic business and legal issues. According to one longstanding client, former professional athlete, and business owner, he "is the only lawyer I have ever worked with whose day can feasibly consist of arguing a matter in court, working on a major deal, and then putting his kids to bed with a story." According to another who founded a multibillion dollar company, "Adam brings us the confidence that we are approaching our legal decisions with clarity while providing an unparalleled level of insight."
He has been repeatedly acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal® as one of the world's leading commercial litigators and electronic discovery lawyers. Adam has also been selected for many years for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of electronic discovery and information management law; he is one of Florida Trend Florida’s Legal Elite™. He is Peer Review Rated and Client Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer and client rating system.
Adam’s representative litigation matters include obtaining over fifteen million dollars in judgments for a Fortune 20 corporate plaintiff in a series of nine related litigations across the state of Florida; a no-liability defense trial verdict for a major financial institution in a Florida-based litigation seeking over twenty million dollars in damages (subsequently upheld on appeal); securing a million dollar JAMS arbitral award against a software developer; a Tax Court trial victory for an innocent-spouse defendant against the Internal Revenue Service in Cody v. Commissioner of Internal Rev.; and representation of the State of Florida in an equitable apportionment action before the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. Georgia, No. 142, Original.
Adam has also guided many clients in corporate matters from incorporation to exit, and then back again to their next entrepreneurial challenge. According to one serial entrepreneur client, “Adam’s business advice is just as valuable as his legal advice. He is one of few lawyers who really understand business at the highest levels.” According to another Y Combinator alumnus client, “when he gives me advice, and I want him to be wrong, time proves him correct.”
Adam serves as the Chairman of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. Adam served as the past president of InfraGard Orlando, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector dedicated to information sharing and education on information security issues.
Adam is a prolific writer and speaker who has contributed to educational programs and periodicals worldwide. His articles in multiple law reviews have been cited by state and federal courts across the United States. He has written for bar journals and industry publications such as Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association's Landslide® Magazine, CIO Insight, Law Technology News, and Computerworld. Adam has been quoted by major media outlets, such as Forbes and Quartz, on legal issues. He regularly lectures for industry groups, bar associations, and judicial education programs such as the Federal Judicial Conference and Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies.
Education & Professional Background
A native Floridian, Adam graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Florida College of Law. He served as an editor on the Florida Law Review, a board member for the Journal of Technology Law & Policy, and a member of the Honor Court. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University, Adam taught technology law in the university’s Information and Digital Resource Management Master's Program. Previously he worked at a large national law firm. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett in the Middle District of Florida and as a law clerk at the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida.
Admissions & Professional Memberships
Adam is a member of the bar in Arizona, California, New York, Florida, and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central District of California, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, the District of Columbia, the District of Arizona, and the United States Tax Court.