A former federal prosecutor and experienced first-chair trial lawyer, Adam focuses on the representation of multinational corporations, global financial institutions and individuals in criminal and civil regulatory matters, internal investigations, and litigation in state and federal courts.

Adam has represented companies and individuals in investigations led by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the SEC, the CFTC, FINRA, state attorneys general and regulators, and Congress, involving potential violations of the securities and antitrust laws, the FCPA, the False Claims Act, and export control laws. He has tried more than 40 cases to verdict and argued numerous evidentiary motions and appeals. In addition, Adam frequently works with government contractors and companies operating in the national security industry and under CFIUS mitigation measures, and he has extensive experience advising corporate entities on compliance matters and anti-corruption issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Adam served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he supervised the investigation, indictment, and trial of complex conspiracies, homicides, and matters involving public corruption and racketeering. While with the Department of Justice, he was awarded the Director’s Award and three special achievement awards. From 2000 to 2004, Adam served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy prior to attending law school.

Experience

Representative matters

Representative Criminal and Civil Regulatory Investigations

Global energy company in an investigation by the SEC of a whistleblower’s allegations of FCPA violations in Asia.
U.S. financial services providers in inquiries by Congress, the SEC, and numerous state attorneys general and regulators related to ESG policies and commitments.

U.S. financial institution in long-running criminal investigations conducted by the DOJ Antitrust Division and Fraud Section.

Multiple companies in criminal investigations by U.S. Attorney’s offices and the DOJ National Security Division, and parallel civil investigations, for false claims and export violations.

Pro bono

Representing fellow veterans in matters related to their veterans’ benefits.

Assisted the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee on several occasions by conducting high-profile independent investigations.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Cambridge Forum on Financial Institutions Enforcement, May 2024
  • Panelist, “ESG: Litigation, Enforcement, and Shifting Political Tides”, SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar, March 2024
  • Panelist, “Enforcement – Priorities, Recent Developments and Best Practices”, 30th Annual Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice CLE, November 2023
  • Panelist, “How to Effectively Conduct an Internal Investigation: Key Considerations During a Pandemic”, The Knowledge Group, January 2021
Recognition
An energetic and zealous advocate, with exceptional courtroom skills…who pushes hard to get good results for his clients, and is able to see the bigger picture in high-stakes public and confidential matters.
Chambers USA, 2023
Very competent, sees the big picture, and has a ton of connections in NY and DC white collar circles
Legal 500, 2023

Awards

  • Ranked in Chambers & Partners USA, 2023

Qualifications

Admissions

Virginia State, 2007

Washington, D.C., 2009

New York, 2016

Academic

B.A., Cornell University, magna cum laude, 2000

J.D., University of Virginia, 2007
Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review

Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.