While the business of law can often involve abstract academic theorizing on behalf of faceless corporations, I am fortunate enough to do something quite different. I represent individual employees, which means I never lose touch with who I am fighting for or the goals of obtaining real-world positive results. My aim is to advise my clients thoroughly and advocate relentlessly on their behalf, because I understand that they often have no other places to turn when confronting what are typically stressful and frightening crossroads in their careers.
“I never lose touch with who I am fighting for or the goals of obtaining real-world positive results.”
Adam joined Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP in December 2013 after gaining extensive experience in employee-employer disputes in Chicago, Illinois. Adam previously worked with the firms Robinson, Curley & Clayton P.C. and Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago, and was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the 2014, 2016 and 2017 editions of Super Lawyers. Adam also served as law clerk for the Honorable Judge Philip Simon of the Northern District of Indiana. Adam earned his J.D. in 2004 from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree in Finance in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
Adam has served clients through various employment disputes, including the pursuit of claims for race, gender and age discrimination, as well as for protections offered under whistleblower and wage and hour laws. For instance, in EEOC v. WRS, Adam represented eleven construction workers, alongside the EEOC, in obtaining a $2.75 million settlement from a national corporation in an action involving allegations of hangman's nooses and other invidious acts of discrimination. The settlement, which was reached on the eve of trial in the Northern District of Illinois, also included a stringent consent decree that imposes training and reporting requirements for three years. In another matter, Adam served as first chair in successfully representing a banker against his former employer in a five-day FINRA arbitration focusing on whistleblowing and defamation issues. He regularly advises clients in negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements.
Adam has previously served as the co-chair for the social action committee of Decalogue Society of Lawyer’s – Chicago’s Jewish law association. He also participated in the University of Chicago’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic Project, focusing on issues of criminal justice. Prior to law school, Adam served with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, a team-based national community service organization.