Adam S. Lurie

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  • Commercial Litigation
  • False Claims Act
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations
  • Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement & Investigations
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6464
Fax: 212 504 6666
University Mary Washington College, B.A., 1996
Law SchoolYeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
Admitted2001, New Jersey; 2002, New York; 2004, District of Columbia

A partner in Cadwalader's Litigation Department, Adam S. Lurie is an accomplished trial lawyer, advocate and counselor whose practice focuses on significant and diverse civil litigation, and white collar and regulatory cases.

Super Lawyers recognized Adam as outstanding in 2013 and 2014, and the press has called Adam a top notch American lawyer. Adam is also a two time recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for exceptional legal writing, and clients praise 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 and out of government gives him valuable credibility with judges, opposing counsel, clients and others.

Because of the breadth of his experience and skill, Adam represents clients in diverse and significant civil litigation and government enforcement matters. For example:

Civil Litigation

• Defending New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in False Claims Act (FCA) and civil rights suit filed in the Eastern District of New York.

• Representing prominent data management company in dispute involving allegations of civil fraud, unfair competition, various state law intentional torts, and breach of a non-compete clause.

• Successful defense of Fortune 50 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 international shipping company, and its President, 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.

• Represented senior employees of Fortune 50 company in state court proceeding, and in arbitration involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and unjust enrichment.

• 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 technology company 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.

Prior Experience

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.

News & Resources


News Releases

•Cadwalader Advises British Virgin Islands on Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Intergovernmental Agreement with United States
Jun 30, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014
Jun 27, 2014

•Cadwalader Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of American Jewish Committee
May 29, 2014

•Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

•Cadwalader Partner Adam Lurie Appointed to Advise United States Sentencing Commission
Nov 01, 2013

•Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cadwalader Attorneys
May 01, 2013

•Cadwalader Adds Recognized Washington Attorney to Business Fraud Group
Apr 02, 2012

Recent Press

•How To Avoid Botching Your Internal Investigation
May 22, 2014

•CFTC Issues 1st Whistleblower Award But Questions Linger
May 20, 2014

•Herbalife Probe Set to Unlock Key to Pyramid Question
May 06, 2014

•The Morning Risk Report: Global Anti-Corruption Push Means New Penalties
Oct 29, 2013

•Word for Word: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Apr 22, 2013

•The Push for New Cyber-Threat Disclosure Requirements
Aug 01, 2012

•Senate Bill Would Boost Whistleblowers' Chances in Court
May 15, 2012

•Former DOJ Official Joins Cadwalader in D.C.
Apr 02, 2012


•Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014
Jun 27, 2014

•Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

•Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cadwalader Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
May 01, 2013


Clients Friends Memos

•First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion - Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say
Apr 21, 2014

•Supreme Court Holds That Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision Applies To Employees Of Investment Advisers And Other Private Companies
Mar 18, 2014

•Tempting Fate: Two Recent Federal Decisions Apply Fairness Test to Protect Attorney-Client Privilege in Face of Extrajudicial Disclosures
Apr 18, 2013

•Ninth Circuit's Harkonen Decision Does Not Undermine Recent Second Circuit Precedent Establishing That Truthful Promotion Of Approved Drugs For Off-Label Use Is Protected By The First Amendment
Mar 22, 2013

•Two Birds with One Stone: In Action Involving Civil RICO, Second Circuit Provides Defenses Against Mail Fraud and FLSA Allegations
Mar 06, 2013

•Federal Court Finds that FDA Drug Approval is not Complete Defense to False Claims Act Allegation Involving On-Label Promotion
Feb 21, 2013

•Worthless Services Can Be Costly: Nursing Facilities Enter Into CIA and Settle False Claims Act Suit Over Quality Issues
Feb 06, 2013

•Second Circuit's Caronia Decision Striking Down On First Amendment Grounds The Criminal Conviction Of A Pharmaceutical Sales Representative For Off-Label Promotion Could Have Broad Implications
Jan 04, 2013

•First Circuit Set to Weigh in on Significant Circuit Split Involving False Claims Act First to File Rule
Nov 23, 2012

•FATCA May Open a Pandora's Box of Civil and Criminal Tax Liability for U.S. Persons Who Have Not Timely Paid Their U.S. Taxes or Filed Returns-Now Is a Critical Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure
Oct 22, 2012

•U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit Affirms Exclusion From Federal Health Care Programs Under Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine
Aug 06, 2012

•A Hat Trick of Heightened False Claims Act Risks for Health Care Providers
Jul 19, 2012


•U.K. Guidelines Emphasize Importance of Robust Programs
Mar 17, 2014

•Privilege and Work Product Doctrine: Noteworthy Developments
Mar 05, 2014

•DOJ seeks reversal of decision that could significantly impair False Claims Act enforcement
Nov 18, 2013

•The HSBC DPA: A Former DoJ Prosecutor's Perspective
Apr 08, 2013

•Golden Living Case Shows How 'Worthless Services' Can Be Costly
Mar 20, 2013

•U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: New Reporting Obligations on Foreign Financial Institutions about U.S. Individuals' Accounts, Investments
Feb 01, 2013

•FATCA May Open Pandora's Box of Civil, Criminal Tax Liability; Now Is a Critical Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure
Dec 04, 2012

•1st Circ. Set To Weigh In On FCA First-To-File Rule
Dec 04, 2012

•FIRREA: Expect Substantial Anti-fraud Enforcement and Compliance Issues
Jul 16, 2012


•ABA Criminal Justice Section Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute
Sep 11, 2014

•Representing Clients in White Collar Criminal Investigations
Jun 04, 2014

•Federal Court Rules That Routine Compliance Investigative Records Are Not Privileged; What Now?
Apr 09, 2014

•The American Bar Association's 28th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
Mar 05, 2014

•Ombudsman Integrity Lecture Series
Feb 27, 2014

•Detroit Midwest Regional Anti-Corruption Seminar
Jan 16, 2014

•22nd International Trust & Tax Planning Summit
Nov 20, 2013

•Anti-Corruption Informational Series for India: Benchmarking and Disseminating Best Practices
Oct 16, 2013

•12th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute
Oct 06, 2013

•1st Annual Regional Institute on Federal Criminal Enforcement Policy and Practice
Oct 02, 2013

•Events In The Nation's Capital Continue To Impact Enforcement And Compliance Efforts
Jul 09, 2013

•FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry
May 14, 2013

•Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics - East Coast Regional Meeting
Apr 12, 2013

•Impact of the FCPA Resource Guide
Nov 28, 2012

•28th National Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Nov 15, 2012

•20th Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference
Oct 02, 2012

•Working as In-House Counsel: Career Path Insights
Sep 24, 2012

•FIRREA: DOJ's Increased Use of Civil Fraud Statute Affect Anti-Fraud Enforcement and Compliance
Jul 23, 2012

•Fellows Program Summer Meeting
Jul 11, 2012

•Defense Industry Initiative Best Practices Forum
Jun 20, 2012

•The Twenty-First Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
May 23, 2012


Business Fraud Advisor

•AML Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses
Feb 27, 2014

•Department of Justice Files Amicus Curiae Brief In First Circuit Seeking Reversal of Decision That Could Significantly Impair False Claims Act Enforcement
Aug 28, 2013

•SEC Issues Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule
Jun 10, 2013

•U.S. and Chinese Regulators Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Enforcement Cooperation
May 31, 2013

•Southern District of New York Orders Chevron CEO and General Counsel to Testify in RICO Suit Related to $18 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment
May 28, 2013

•European Union Pending Legislation Requiring Additional Transparency from Extractive Industries
May 20, 2013

•A Brief Primer for Corporate Social Media Disclosures in Light of the SEC's Recent Guidance on Regulation FD
Apr 08, 2013

•The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: An Analysis of the SEC's Second Annual Report, Best Practices for Dealing with Whistleblowers, and Recent Cases Interpreting the Scope of the Anti-Retaliation Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act
Dec 10, 2012

•SEC Issues Resource Extraction Rule
Sep 21, 2012

•SEC Issues Conflict Minerals Rule
Aug 29, 2012

•The Evolving Obligations of Public Companies to Disclose Cyber-Intrusions
Jul 09, 2012

FCPA Advisor

•Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?
Jul 15, 2013

•Allianz To Pay $12.3M To Settle SEC's Bribery Allegations
Dec 19, 2012

•DOJ and SEC Issue FCPA Guidance
Nov 19, 2012

•FCPA Allegations Involving Customs Clearance in Kazakhstan
Jun 11, 2012

SEC Enforcement Advisor

•Gatekeepers In the Enforcement Spotlight
May 22, 2014

•SEC Announces Second Set of Whistleblower Awards
Jul 01, 2013

•The SEC's New Policy on Seeking Admissions in Settlements
Jun 28, 2013


•Adam Lurie Discusses Herbalife Probes with Bloomberg TV
Jul 07, 2014 (Also at Washington, DC Office)


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First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion - Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say
Bret A. Campbell,Jason Jurgens,Adam S. Lurie,Brian T. McGovern,Martin L. Seidel, April 23, 2014
On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce in violation of the...

Supreme Court Holds That Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision Applies To Employees Of Investment Advisers And Other Private Companies
William J. Foley,Jason M. Halper,Adam S. Lurie,Lambrina Mathews, March 20, 2014
On March 4, 2013, the Supreme Court issued an opinion with broad implications for mutual funds and certain other SEC-regulated companies that conduct business through or with privately-held entities (such as investment advisers and managers), as well as the private companies that do business with...
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