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Adam Lurie

Head of the U.S. Dispute Resolution Practice, Washington D.C. and New York

“I represent clients in their most complex civil litigation and trials, as well as white-collar defense and other crisis management with a focus on winning, persuasively telling their side of the story and on furthering their business goals.”


Education and qualifications


Adam Lurie, the Head of Linklaters' Dispute Resolution Practice in the United States and the Americas, and Linklaters’ Washington, D.C. office, has been recognized as one of the United States’ top lawyers focusing on complex civil litigation and trials, as well as white-collar defense and other crisis management.  Multinational companies, financial institutions, foreign governments and leaders engage Adam as their lead counsel in their most important cases, whether civil, arbitration, white-collar, or regulatory and for their most significant corporate governance matters.  Adam draws on his prior experience in all three branches of the U.S. government, including a senior U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) official, DOJ white-collar prosecutor, and chief counsel for a committee in the U.S. Congress.

Adam has been recognized internationally as among the best in his field. For example:

  • The Legal 500 has repeatedly recognized him as a "recommended lawyer" for both commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.  One client, the Board Chairman of a leading NYSE listed company,  informed the Legal 500 that “Adam stands out as truly exceptional, a gifted trial lawyer and fierce advocate who makes the complicated sound simple, and puts people around him at ease.  If the trial or other stakes are high, Adam should be on anybody’s short list for lead counsel.”  Another client, the General Counsel of a major U.S. political entity, reported that “Adam is an incredible advocate, and exceptional strategist, and I would have him lead the charge in front of any judge or jury anywhere.”
  • FT’s prestigious Innovative Lawyers rankings recently recognized Adam’s defense of the Forge Group and ANZ Bank in multiple civil disputes as “highly commended” with top-marks for “originality,” “leadership,” and “impact.”  
  • Who’s Who Legal recognizes Adam for both white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, identifying Adam as "among the world’s leading litigation lawyers."  
  • Acritas identifies Adam as a litigation “star” also finding that he is “very smart,” delivers “prompt legal advice,” and is even relied upon for “a confidential second opinion.”  One client reported to Acritas that Adam is “very intelligent, has good litigation instincts, has the ability to explain them in a very common-sense way, and he comes up with creative solutions.”  
  • Superlawyers recognizes Adam as one of Washington, DC’s best civil litigation and white-collar lawyers, and Adam is a member of the prestigious Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., whose members include federal judges, top DOJ lawyers, and only the top defense lawyers in the Nation’s Capital. 

In addition, Adam is a non-profit and community leader. For example, he is a board member, and member of the Legal Committee of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Adam is also a U.S. board member for Volcani International Partnerships, the prominent Israeli non-profit which brings leading Israeli agricultural technology to the developing world.  Further, Adam takes on important pro bono matters, including representing AJC before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals in precedent setting cases involving religious liberty, freedom of speech, Presidential power, and other critical issues, and advising Re:Coded, a U.S. non-profit that teaches coding and tech leadership to Middle East refugees.  

Work highlights

White collar and regulatory cases – recent examples include:

  • lead U.S. counsel to ICBC Standard Bank Plc achieving DOJ FCPA declination and SEC administrative resolution. 
  • lead counsel to global financial institution achieving DOJ declination in global forex investigation, despite guilty plea of client’s former trader.  
  • lead outside counsel to the Inter-American Development Bank in  significant corruption investigation and settlement with Odebrecht. 
  • lead U.S. counsel defending a global publicly-traded company in a DOJ FCPA and multijurisdictional bribery investigation. 
  • lead U.S. counsel defending global accounting and professional services firm in DOJ and SEC securities fraud investigation.
  • appointed lead independent monitor for global construction company in wake of DOJ and EPA Clean Air Act resolutions.  
  • lead U.S. counsel to one of Russia’s top investment banks in a CFTC insider trading investigation regarding trading in oil futures.   
  • lead counsel to several clients in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian interference investigation.   
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s campaign as lead counsel in “Bridgegate” matters, including winning total dismissal of class action. 
  • lead defense counsel to senior business leaders in high-profile DOJ, SEC, OFAC and other criminal and regulatory investigations.
  • lead U.S. counsel to two global banks in cybersecurity breaches resulting in the theft of millions of dollars.  

High-stakes and complex civil cases – recent examples include:

  • Société Générale bank as co-lead defense counsel in federal antitrust and market-manipulation class and related actions.   
  • ANZ Bank as lead defense counsel in civil actions, including precedent-setting dismissal of 28 U.S.C. § 1782 action.  
  • Forge Group’s estate as lead trial counsel in winning complete dismissal of California federal litigation, defeating request for injunction, and obtaining Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in California federal court.   
  • Sibanye-Stillwater as co-lead trial counsel, winning a Delaware shareholder appraisal trial following acquisition of Stillwater mining. 
  • Lead defense counsel to a global investment bank in dispute against sovereign concerning defaulted debt instruments.    
  • Sibanye-Stillwater as co-lead defense counsel in federal securities class action.
  • Metro Bank plc as lead defense counsel in federal securities class action.
  • New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as lead defense counsel in winning total dismissal of civil rights and False Claims Act suit. 
  • A Fortune 50 technology company in whistleblower suit involving a U.S. Department of Defense cloud computing contract.  
  • Microsoft as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement suit involving online advertising technology. 

Commercial and investment arbitrations – recent examples include:

  • Government of Gabon and Gabon Instrumentality successfully defeating request to confirm arbitration award in U.S. court.
  • Holtec International as lead defense counsel in federal suit and successfully compelling arbitration of defamation and tortious interference claims, and in related LCIA arbitration.
  • Forge Group, the Australian power company, in successful dismissal of numerous U.S. civil proceedings and in related LCIA arbitration.   
  • Top software company as lead arbitration counsel in winning fraud and breach of contract claims.
  • Fortune 50 technology company as lead counsel in trade secret, breach of contract and fraud-related arbitration.
  • Top global insurance company as co-counsel in Latin-American arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract claims resulting in complete dismissal of proceedings. 
  • Leading European energy company in ICSID arbitration against Latin- American country concerning major energy infrastructure project.
  • Leading Brazil based infrastructure company in multiple arbitration proceedings.

Education and qualifications

Adam obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington in 1996 and holds a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 2000.

Adam was previously a DOJ white-collar prosecutor and senior official and a top lawyer for the U.S. Congress.  At the DOJ, Adam was Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division where he advised DOJ leadership on litigation strategy and policy involving white-collar enforcement, including concerning the FCPA, securities fraud, money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act and health care fraud.  Adam was also a DOJ Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey, where he specialized in prosecuting securities fraud, public corruption, health-care fraud, money laundering and other white-collar cases.  In addition, Adam was Chief Counsel for Investigations on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Adam also worked as a law clerk from 2000-2002 for District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.