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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, 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.”  The Legal 500 has repeatedly recognized him as a "recommended lawyer" for both commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Who’s Who Legal also recognizes Adam for both white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, identifying Adam as "among the world’s leading litigation lawyers" under age 45. 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.” The international press has described him as a "top notch American lawyer"; 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. Adam is also an appointee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Practitioners Advisory Group where he advises the Commission on sentencing policy and all amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. 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 leader. For example, he is a board member, and member of the Legal Committee of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). 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

Adam has represented major clients in many business-critical white collar and regulatory cases before, among others, the DOJ, SEC, CFTC and OFAC. Recent highlights of his experience, much of which is confidential, include representing:

  • lead U.S. counsel to ICBC Standard Bank Plc in achieving DOJ FCPA declination and SEC administrative resolution in connection with ground-breaking first-ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into in the UK. 
  • lead counsel to global financial institution in achieving DOJ declination in global forex investigation, despite guilty plea of client’s former senior currency trader, and DOJ enforcement against numerous other financial institutions.
  • lead outside counsel to the Inter-American Development Bank in the bank’s 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 settlement involving Clean Air Act violations.  
  • a multinational industrial and chemical company as lead counsel in False Claims Act and customs fraud inquiries.
  • lead counsel to several clients in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s campaign as lead counsel in winning total dismissal of class action in the “Bridgegate” matter.
  • a multinational technology company in OFAC-related matters, including convincing OFAC to grant a business-critical operating license.
  • global pharmaceutical company as lead counsel in a U.S. DOJ criminal and civil fraud investigation. 
  • technology companies in FCPA, data privacy, OFAC, cyber security and compliance matters. 
  • lead defense counsel to senior business leaders in high-profile DOJ, SEC, OFAC and other criminal and regulatory investigations.

Adam also regularly represents clients in high-stakes and complex civil cases. Recent highlights of such experience 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 proceedings to obtain discovery in aid of foreign arbitration resulting in precedent-setting dismissal of action in Southern District of New York.  
  • 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 appraisal action at 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.
  • The Gabonese Republic as lead counsel in arbitration-related proceedings in federal court in Washington, DC.  
  • global Europe-based technology company as lead U.S. counsel in data-protection, and consumer privacy-related dispute.   
  • New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as lead defense counsel in winning total dismissal of civil rights and False Claims Act suit   
  • a leading sporting equipment company as lead counsel in a trademark license suit critical to the portfolio company’s value.
  • Holtec International as lead defense counsel in federal suit and successfully compelling arbitration of defamation and tortious interference claims.
  • Microsoft as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement suit involving online advertising technology. 
  • a leading technology company as lead counsel in employment discrimination, breach of contract and fraud disputes, mediations and arbitration. 

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.