A partner in Cadwalader's Litigation Department, Adam S. Lurie is an accomplished trial lawyer, advocate and counselor whose practice focuses on significant civil, white collar and regulatory cases.
Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2013 as "outstanding," and a two time recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for exceptional legal writing, clients praise Adam for his extraordinary client service and responsiveness, successful and passionate advocacy, and creativity. Reflecting these skills, Microsoft selected Adam to attend its 2013 Advocacy Academy, which trains the company's top outside counsel in advanced civil trial and advocacy techniques.
Adam draws on his experience as a former white collar federal prosecutor, senior Justice Department and congressional official, and as a civil and white collar defense lawyer to provide clients an especially deep understanding of litigation, defense and crisis strategy. Further, Adam's success in government and in private practice gives him valuable credibility with judges, prosecutors, regulators, congressional investigators, and opposing counsel.
Because of the breadth of his experience and skill, Adam represents clients in diverse and significant civil and government enforcement matters. For example:
• Defending New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in False Claims Act ("FCA") and civil rights suit filed in the Eastern District of New York.
• Successful defense of Fortune 100 company against allegations of sexual harassment and hostile work environment: following Adam's vigorous advocacy during mediation, plaintiffs received only 1.8% of multi-million dollar demand.
• Successful defense of President of international company in Department of Justice ("DOJ") FCA and breach of contract action: following Adam's advocacy, DOJ dropped its FCA claims and cut its breach of contract damages claim substantially.
• Representing one of the leading mid-western cultural institutions in civil litigation involving allegations of civil fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
• Advising a fortune 100 company on trial strategy in a patent infringement suit.
• Successful defense of Chief Accounting Officer in securities and ERISA class actions involving allegations of inappropriate energy trading.
• Successful representation of a plaintiff against the Washington, DC police department in civil rights suit resulting in a substantial confidential settlement.
• Successful defense of the estate of Enron Corp. in connection with dozens of breach of contract lawsuits to obtain billions of dollars under derivatives contracts.
Government Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement Matters
• Advising a top multinational public company in its response to a DOJ and SEC inquiry regarding its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA").
• Defending a prominent data management company and its CEO in a DOJ cybercrime investigation.
• Defending a prominent healthcare provider in a Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office criminal Medicare fraud and related civil False Claims Act investigation.
• Defending a senior official of a top financial institution in a DOJ/SEC/CFTC securities fraud investigation.
• Defending a senior sales director of a life science company in a DOJ/FDA Anti-Kickback, off-label marketing and healthcare fraud investigation.
• Defense of a senior derivatives trader in the DOJ/CFTC LIBOR investigation.
• Leading internal FCPA compliance reviews and investigations for top public companies.
• Successful representation of a senior corporate executive in an internal corporate campaign finance matter. Representation resulted in no negative findings against client.
• Advising a foreign country and investment funds concerning compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA").
• Successful defense of life science company in DOJ health care fraud matter. Representation resulted in the voluntary dismissal of federal indictment against client.
• Successful defense of Chief Accounting Officer in SEC securities fraud suit. Representation resulted in SEC's withdrawal of suit, and administrative settlement in which client did not admit liability.
• Successful defense of General Counsel of top publicly traded company in federal criminal securities fraud action. Representation resulted in dismissal of all charges against client.
From 2010 - 2012, Adam was Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Criminal Division, at the DOJ. Adam provided advice to DOJ leadership regarding prosecutions, litigation strategy, and policy involving nearly every DOJ white collar priority, and especially securities and other financial fraud, money laundering, asset forfeiture, the FCPA, 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 Staff Director 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 hearings and other inquiries, including those concerning allegations of misleading Congress, FCPA violations, fraud in federal contracting, cyber security efforts, and OFAC sanctions.
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.
Thought Leadership, Community Service and Education
Adam has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at conferences concerning, among other subjects, trial strategy, white collar enforcement and defense, and developments in complex civil litigation. His articles have appeared in, among others, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, The Financial Fraud Law Report, Bloomberg BNA and various other publications. Adam is also quoted frequently in leading press publications regarding his areas of expertise.
Adam is also an expert in federal sentencing. The United States Sentencing Commission 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.
He is also committed to his community, serving as a board member of the American Jewish Committee, Washington, D.C. chapter, on the advisory board of the Maryland / Israeli Development Center, and 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.
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