Adam S. Lurie

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  • Commercial Litigation
  • False Claims Act
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement & Investigations
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6464
Fax: '202 862 2400
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 is an accomplished trial lawyer with an exceptionally broad practice representing clients in their most important disputes - civil, criminal and regulatory. He draws on his experience as a former federal prosecutor, senior Department of Justice (DOJ) and congressional official to provide clients outstanding advocacy, judgment and client service.


Complex Civil Cases

Microsoft, as trial counsel in a patent infringement suit involving online advertising technology.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a civil rights and False Claims Act (FCA) suit pending in the Southern District of New York.
Prominent software company in disputes, including arbitration, involving alleged theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property infringement and breach of contract.
Fortune 50 company in sexual harassment and retaliation dispute and mediation. Plaintiffs received less than 2% of multi-million demand.
Fortune 50 company in state court proceedings and arbitration involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and unjust enrichment.
International shipping company and its President in FCA and breach of contract action. DOJ dropped its FCA claims, and cut its damages demand substantially.
American Jewish Committee as amicus 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.

White Collar and Regulatory Matters

Top multinational public company in its response to a DOJ and SEC inquiry regarding its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Top non-profit healthcare provider in DOJ FCA investigation.
The British Virgin Islands in a dispute with the United States Department of State.
Major auto manufacturer's employees in a bribery investigation involving the DOJ, SEC and foreign governments.
Symplicity Corporation and its former CEO in a DOJ cybercrime investigation and prosecution.
Top public companies in internal FCPA investigations and compliance program reviews.
Senior financial institution officials in DOJ, SEC and CFTC securities fraud investigations.
Senior sales director of a life science company in a DOJ/FDA Anti-Kickback, off-label marketing and healthcare fraud investigation.
Senior corporate executive in an internal corporate campaign finance matter. Representation resulted in no negative findings against client.
Foreign country and investment funds 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.


Adam has been widely recognized as among the best in his field. He is 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. Television and print media regularly call on Adam for commentary, including Bloomberg News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Law 360. 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 the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, The Financial Fraud Law Report, Bloomberg BNA and various other publications.

Adam's clients have similarly recognized his advocacy skills, judgment and client service. Microsoft, for example, selected Adam to attend its 2013 Advocacy Academy, which trains the company's top outside counsel in advanced civil trial and advocacy techniques.

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.


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 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.


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


News Releases

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Aug 18, 2014

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

SEC's FCPA Crackdown Looms Over Small-Cap Cos.
Jul 29, 2014

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 Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Aug 18, 2014

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


UK Issues Sentencing Guideline for Individuals Convicted of White-Collar Offenses
Aug 01, 2014

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


The False Claims Act: Critical New Developments
Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission Advisory Group's Annual National Seminar
Sep 18, 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


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  (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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