A partner in the Litigation Department, Adam Lurie is an accomplished trial lawyer and corporate counselor who serves as lead counsel for clients in their most important disputes - civil, criminal, and regulatory. He has particular expertise in cross-border and other matters involving considerable reputational, financial, and regulatory risks. Adam draws on his prior experience as a U.S. Department of Justice white-collar prosecutor and senior official and as a top lawyer for the U.S. Congress, to provide outstanding advocacy, judgment and service to clients.
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. For example, clients have repeatedly re-engaged Adam for a broad range of important disputes, and Microsoft selected Adam to attend its Advocacy Academy, which enhances its top outside counsel's 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.
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
White Collar and Regulatory Matters
•A leading financial institution as lead counsel in a DOJ FCPA and UK Bribery Act investigation.
•A leading financial institution as lead counsel in an SEC securities fraud investigation.
•A leading financial institution as lead counsel in DOJ criminal antitrust investigation involving foreign currency.
•Top non-profit healthcare provider as co-lead counsel in DOJ False Claims Act (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.
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 FCA suit pending in the Southern District of New York.
•Fortune 50 company as lead counsel in age and sex discrimination and fraud dispute.
•Leading software company as co-lead counsel in arbitration and other disputes involving trade secret theft, cyber breaches, breach of fiduciary duty, 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.
•A publicly traded pharmaceutical company in securities class actions pending in the Southern District of New York.
•International shipping company and its President as lead counsel in DOJ FCA and breach of contract action.
•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.
•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.
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 Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Aug 17, 2015
• Standard Bank Inks UK's First Deferred Prosecution Accord Nov 30, 2015
• Cadwalader Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Aug 17, 2015
Clients & Friends Memos
• The End of the Implied Certification Theory?: The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Case That Could Substantially Limit the False Claims Act Dec 11, 2015
• 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)