He has been selected among the leading commercial litigation and electronic discovery lawyers in the world by Who’s Who Legal® (2016), and was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2017-2018) in the areas of electronic discovery and information management law, as well as being included in 2017 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.
According to one client, his "quick and resolute actions" to resolve an adversarial intellectual property dispute with a software developer “preserved our ecommerce operations.” Another client noted that his “[k]nowledge of the law and ability to translate the law into the documents that we required were instrumental in closing" a transaction. One individual noted that: “[Adam] impressed me . . . his ethics were such that I will refer him to everyone I know who has an issue associated with his expertise in law.”
Representative Litigation Matters
- Obtaining over $15,000,000 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 approximately $20,000,000 in damages, subsequently upheld on appeal.
- Securing a $1,000,000 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.
- Representation of the State of Florida in an equitable apportionment action before the United States Supreme Court in Florida v. Georgia, No. 142, Original.
Representative Technology Matters
- Interfacing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding various cybersecurity issues in a wide range of matters.
- Management of data breach response and notification obligations in dozens of matters involving actual or potential unauthorized access to protected information, business email compromise, ransomware, and insider data theft.
- Social media and online reputation management for high-net-worth individuals, including one of the wealthiest individuals in the United States, as well as multiple business entities.
- Advising international and domestic clients on information security, privacy, and electronic discovery issues, to assist in compliance functions, as well for product development and marketing strategies.
- Drafting and negotiating a wide range of information technology related contracts, as well as technology related purchase agreements and assignments.
Education & Professional Background
A native Floridian, Adam graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Florida College of Law, where 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.He formerly served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett in the Middle District of Florida, as a law clerk at the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida, and as an adjunct professor at Columbia University for several years, where he taught electronic discovery as part of Columbia's Information and Digital Resource Management Master's Program.
Community Involvement & Professional Memberships
Adam serves as the 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. He additionally serves as vice president and corporate secretary for IDignity, a 501(c)(3) organization created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida overcome the difficulties of obtaining the personal identification that is crucial to enabling them to become self-sufficient.He regularly lectures in the United States and abroad for industry groups, bar associations, and judicial education programs such as the Federal Judicial Conference and Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. A prolific contributor to educational programs and periodicals worldwide, he has published in multiple law reviews (where his works have been cited by state and federal courts across the country), bar journals, and in industry publications such as Corporate Counsel, CIO Insight, Law Technology News, and Computerworld.
Adam is a member of the California, New York, Florida, District of Columbia, and Arizona bars. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the District of Columbia, and the United States Tax Court.