Adam is a partner and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Team concentrating on complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has extensive first-chair experience, including trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution work. While Adam has experience in a broad range of matters, including intellectual property litigation, the defense of wrongful death claims, property tax litigation, and cases involving covenants not to compete, his work is primarily focused on commercial contract disputes, including cases involving automotive and other manufacturers.
Successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, obtaining affirmance of summary judgment in favor of limited liability company in case of first impression regarding distribution to withdrawing member of the company.
Trial counsel for municipality in Michigan Tax Tribunal proceeding involving multimillion dollar challenge to valuation of local department store. The municipality's assessment was affirmed in its entirety.
Obtained reversal of Michigan Court of Appeals' decision by Supreme Court of Michigan in case of first impression regarding governmental immunity and the contempt powers of Michigan courts.
Obtained FINRA arbitration award of $2.375 million for investors against national securities firm in case involving inappropriate investments and failure of securities firm to properly supervise its representatives. Award was ninth largest verdict in the State of Michigan in 2011, according to a report published by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Successfully represented plaintiffs in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against former financial advisor, national securities firm, and local securities firm, involving the loss of family fortune through fraud, inappropriate investments, and failure of the securities firms to properly supervise.
Served as defense counsel for a national provider of health care software systems, in connection with computer copyright infringement claim in which the plaintiff sought $92 million in damages. Following substantial limitation of the plaintiff's potential damages during the summary judgment process, case was resolved through settlement favorable to client.
Represented national trucking firm in defending against numerous wrongful death and personal injury cases, all of which were successfully resolved through either dismissal or settlement.
Honors & Recognitions
Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation
Michigan Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation since 2013
Grand Rapids Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Arthritis Foundation Michigan, Board of Trustees
Bethany Open Planning Committee, 2011, 2012
Georgetown Little League, volunteer coach, 2007 - 2012
Hidden Lake Estates Homeowners Association, president, 2011 - 2013
West Michigan Arthritis Foundation: Advisory Board, 2011 - present; chair, 2014
News & Publications
- September 6, 2017
- September 12, 2016
- November 18, 2015
- November 10, 2014
- September 3, 2014
- September 6, 2013
- Tax Advisory, January 19, 2018
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Grand Valley State University
- All Michigan state courts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for Colorado
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan