A partner in Cadwalader's Litigation Department, Adam Lurie is an accomplished trial lawyer with broad experience who serves as lead counsel for clients in their most important disputes - civil, criminal and regulatory. Adam draws on his prior experience with the United States government, including as a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official, to provide outstanding advocacy, judgment and client service to, among others, multinational companies, financial institutions, and prominent individuals.
Adam has been widely recognized as among the best in his field. He has been repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers; the international press has described him as a “top notch American lawyer” and he is a two time recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for exceptional legal writing. His clients have similarly recognized his advocacy skills, judgment and client service. Microsoft, for example, selected Adam to attend its Advocacy Academy, which trains the company's top outside counsel in advanced civil trial and advocacy techniques.
Television and print media regularly call on Adam for commentary, including NBC, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Law 360. Adam has also published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at conferences concerning, among other subjects, trial strategy, white collar enforcement and defense, and complex civil litigation. His articles have appeared in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Law 360, The Financial Fraud Law Report, Bloomberg and various other publications.
Adam is also an expert in federal sentencing. The United States Sentencing Commission has appointed Adam to its Practitioners Advisory Group, comprised of only 17 lawyers nationwide. Adam is the single voting member representing the District of Columbia Circuit defense bar, and he advises the Commission on federal sentencing policy, including on all proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Complex Civil Cases
•Microsoft as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement suit involving online advertising technology.
•A publicly traded energy company as co-lead counsel in securities class actions pending in the Central District of California.
•New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as lead counsel in a civil rights and False Claims Act (FCA) suit pending in the Southern District of New York.
•Prominent software company as co-lead counsel in disputes, including arbitration, involving alleged theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property infringement and breach of contract.
•Fortune 50 company as lead counsel in sexual harassment and retaliation dispute and mediation. Plaintiffs received less than 2% of multi-million demand.
•Fortune 50 company as lead counsel in state court proceedings and arbitration involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and unjust enrichment.
•International shipping company and its President as lead counsel in FCA and breach of contract action. DOJ dropped its FCA claims, and cut its damages demand substantially.
•American Jewish Committee as lead amicus counsel before U.S. Supreme Court in support of Muslim prison inmate's appeal alleging violations of religious liberty.
•A publicly traded pharmaceutical company in securities class actions pending in the Southern District of New York.
•Fortune 100 Chief Accounting Officer in securities and ERISA class actions involving allegations of inappropriate energy trading.
•Estate of Enron Corp. in connection with dozens of breach of derivative contract lawsuits to obtain billions of dollars.
White Collar and Regulatory Matters
•A leading financial institution as lead counsel in DOJ FCPA and SEC fraud investigations.
•A leading financial institution as lead counsel in DOJ criminal antitrust and securities fraud investigation involving foreign currency.
•Top non-profit healthcare provider as co-lead counsel in DOJ FCA investigation.
•Publicly traded energy company as co-lead counsel in FINRA securities fraud investigation.
•Prominent software company and its former CEO as co-lead counsel in a DOJ cybercrime investigation and prosecution.
•Top public companies as lead counsel in internal FCPA investigations and compliance program reviews.
•Top multinational public company as lead compliance counsel in DOJ and SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) inquiry.
•The British Virgin Islands as co-lead counsel in matter before the United States Department of State.
•Major auto manufacturer's employees in an FCPA investigation involving the DOJ, SEC and foreign governments.
•Senior financial institution officials as lead counsel in DOJ, SEC and CFTC securities fraud investigations.
•Senior sales director as lead counsel in a DOJ/FDA Anti-Kickback, off-label marketing and healthcare fraud investigation.
•Senior corporate executive as lead counsel in corporate campaign finance investigation.
•Foreign country and funds as co-lead counsel concerning compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
•Health care provider in a DOJ health care fraud matter.
•General Counsel of top publicly traded company in federal criminal securities fraud action.
Before rejoining Cadwalader as a Partner, Adam was senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Criminal Division, at the DOJ from 2010-2012. In this position, Adam provided advice to DOJ leadership regarding prosecutions, litigation strategy, and policy involving nearly every DOJ white collar priority, and especially the FCPA, securities and other financial fraud, money laundering, asset forfeiture, health care fraud and FDA matters. As the AAG's representative to the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, Adam led a significant investigation into a major financial institution's derivative trading practices preceding the financial crisis, and was significantly involved in the creation of the DOJ/SEC FCPA Resource Guide.
From 2005 - 2009, Adam was an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, New Jersey, where he was appointed by former U.S. Attorney and current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the Office's elite securities and health care fraud and political corruption units. He successfully tried numerous complex cases, including the conviction, after an 11-week jury trial, of the Chairman of the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee and a New Jersey medical school dean on pension fraud and corruption charges, and handled some of the Office's most significant FCPA, securities, corporate fraud, health care fraud and FDA, and corruption matters.
During the 111th Congress (2009 - 2010), Adam was named Chief Counsel for investigations and oversight on the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence following press reports that CIA failed to inform Congress about the development of an intelligence program involving a federal contractor. Adam oversaw numerous hearings and other inquiries.
Following a clerkship with United States District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Adam began his career at Cadwalader as a litigation associate, where he specialized in civil litigation and government enforcement.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EDUCATION
Adam is committed to serving his community. He engages in substantial pro bono legal work, and also serves as a board member of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C., on the advisory board of the Maryland / Israeli Development Center, and is an officer on the Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Alumni Executive Committee.
Adam is a magna cum laude graduate of Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and of Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington). He was an editor on the Cardozo Law Review, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Adam is a member of the New York, New Jersey and District of Columbia bars. Every January, Adam hosts and teaches a seminar for Cardozo Law School students concerning the practice of law in Washington, D.C.
News & Resources
•Cadwalader Launches Health Care Fraud Strike Force Jun 24, 2015
•Courts Side With Relators in Big Cases, but Some Get Slapped Back Aug 03, 2015
•Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by 2015 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine Apr 29, 2015
Clients & Friends Memos
•First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion - Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say Apr 21, 2014
•Blowing The Whistle On SEC Whistleblower Protection May 04, 2015
•Health Care Industry Enforcement: Significant False Claims Act and Related Developments Jul 27, 2015
•Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases? Jul 15, 2013
SEC Enforcement Advisor
•SEC Announces Largest Ever Whistleblower Award, Awards $30 Million to Foreign Whistleblower Oct 01, 2014
White Collar Defense and Investigations Advisor
•AML Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses Feb 27, 2014
•Adam Lurie Comments on Bloomberg About Indictment of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on Corruption Charges Apr 01, 2015 (Also at Washington, DC Office)