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Biography

Adam is an attorney in the firm's Grand Rapids office—but above all he is an advocate. The son of an educator, he learned the connection between clarity and persuasion at an early age. He now brings that understanding to bear on behalf of his clients throughout the State of Michigan.

Commercial Litigation

As a commercial litigator, Adam regularly appears before judges and juries throughout Michigan in complex business and corporate litigation. He has successfully litigated contract disputes, violations of fiduciary duty, tortious interferance with a commercial relationship, fraud and misrepresentation, and similar claims. Adam's clients have included retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, small and mid-market business owners, and large financial institutions.

Employment Litigation

In addition, Adam represents business owners of all sizes in many types of employment litigation. He has successfully defended lawsuits alleging, among other things, wrongful termination, the violation of a noncompete agreement, age discrimination, gender discrimination, and the failure to promote.

Client Service Philosophy

Whether the case is large or small, Adam prides himself on providing personalized service.  His inventive, “outside-the-box” approach makes him a favorite of his clients, and oftentimes allows him to resolve a dispute before significant legal fees are incurred.

Adam’s passion for advocacy has also motivated him to take a leadership role in our community.  He serves on several boards and committees, and volunteers his time on behalf of organizations that provide mentorship for underprivileged youth, including Upward Bound, a program that creates opportunities for low-income and potential first generation college students.


Previous Experience

Affiliations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association Managing Partners' Diversity Collaborative
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Inns of Court
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Former board member, Jenison Public School Board of Education
  • Member, Ottawa County Reapportionment Committee
  • Member, Ottawa County Officers Compensation Commission
  • Volunteer Mentor, Upward Bound
  • Volunteer, Student Statesmanship Institute

Education

  • Michigan State University, James Madison College (BA, with honors, 2002); Phi Beta Kappa; Golden Key International Honor Society  
  • Wayne State University Law School (JD, 2005); Moot Court National Team  

Admitted

  • State of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011

Accolades

  • Chairperson for the firm's Litigation Department

  • Listed in “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the American Society of Legal Advocates

  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2016

  • Listed as a "Rising Star" in Michigan Super Lawyers (2013, 2014, 2015) -- Business Litigation

  • Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2016, 2017) -- Appellate, Commercial Litigation

  • Listed as a "National Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation (2018) -- Commercial Litigation
  • Selected as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015

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