Adam S. Katz

Adam S. Katz

Partner

Practice Groups

Adam S. Katz is a commercial litigator and white-collar defense attorney with experience representing corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts across the United States. He has advised clients in complex commercial litigations, intellectual property matters, compliance issues, and other business disputes; navigated internal investigations and government inquiries; developed criminal defense strategies; and represented clients at trial.

Adam’s understanding of business law and its application to a broad range of industries is extensive. His clients have included small business partners, hedge funds, multi-national corporations, condominium sponsors, limited liability companies, brokerage firms, medical companies, a hotel franchisee, an international freight shipper, brokerage firms, prominent politicians, a national songwriters’ guild, a private security corporation, and a food manufacturer. He has handled cases that involve complex business agreements, partnership dissolution, employment discrimination and compliance claims, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty; fraud, money laundering, public corruption, and tax evasion; international licensing, non-competition, and other restrictive agreements; and insurance coverage. Adam has also successfully argued in federal court in cases involving the Lanham Act and Copyright Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Fair Labor Standard Act, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and RICO. His fluency in business law extends beyond the United States: He has developed case strategy and litigated matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.

Adam is also committed to the various communities to which he belongs. At the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a Legal Research and Writing Law Fellow, Adam served as a member of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. He remains active with his undergraduate alma mater as well, as a member of the Young Alumni Development Council. This kind of mentorship has always been an important part of Adam’s community involvement just as much as his career, whether in his work in the Lawyers’ Division of the United Jewish Appeal, or in his work recruiting, training, and supporting young attorneys.

 Representative Civil Matters
  • Obtained successful resolution for a partner in a multi-million dollar fitness studio venture in connection with the venture’s dissolution.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for major hotel franchisee in a franchise agreement dispute against hotel franchisor and financing entity.
  • Represented and obtained favorable settlement for a trust in connection with a multi-million dollar real estate dispute against land developers.
  • Negotiated favorable resolution and drafted successful motion to dismiss for a condominium sponsor in connection with action alleging breach of offering plan and violation of the ADA and several state and federal codes.
  • Successfully defended a broker-dealer in a New York State action involving breach of contract and fraudulent inducement claims brought by former partners.
  • Second-chaired trial and obtained successful jury verdict for a private security corporation in complex negligence case in the District Court of New Jersey.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of civil fraud claims against the son of prominent New York politician for his role in a purported New Mexican “pay for play” arrangement.
  • Represented a medical cost containment company in Tennessee-based federal action involving claims of negligent supervision and breach of fiduciary duty against regional bank.
  • Represented multiple limited liability companies in real estate commission disputes.
  • Represented and negotiated a favorable settlement for a major fashion house in connection with trade dress dispute against Chinese importers.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a client in a trademark dispute against a major fast food company.
  • Represented a California-based brokerage firm in civil multi-district fraud litigation.
  • Defended a partnership in an international licensing dispute involving a Russian television station and related programming content.
  • Successfully represented a food manufacturer in an insurance coverage dispute related to Hurricane Sandy coverage.
  • Successfully represented an international freight shipper in insurance coverage dispute involving Chinese freight rates in California court.
Representative Criminal Matters
  • Defended the CEO of brokerage firm and brokerage firm in criminal antitrust matter in Southern District of New York and successfully obtained a lenient sentence of no jail time.
  • Defended a consultant to a major U.S. energy company against criminal FCPA charges in the Southern District of Texas and obtained a lenient sentence.
  • Defended a CEO against criminal tax evasion charges.
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement for a condominium sponsor in a state attorney investigation into offering plan specifications and representations.
  • Represented a home appliance warranty company in a state attorney general investigation into company’s business practices.
  • Successfully advised multiple hedge funds with respect to SEC inquiries.
  • Defended and advised the CEO of a food manufacturer against money laundering charges.
  • Defended a former New York state politician and his son in his involvement in a “pay for play” arrangement.
  • Advised the manager of a convenience store with respect to a criminal investigation brought by Immigration and Naturalization Services and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Successfully advised multiple cooperating witnesses and targets in government investigations and inquiries brought by the DOJ, U.S. Attorney, DHS, SEC and various state authorities.
  • Successfully negotiated fines and reduced charges related to violations of the NY Building Code and the NYC Fire Code on behalf of various retail stores.
  • Successfully liaised with the DOJ and obtained transfer of prisoner back to home country.
Representative Employment Matters
  • Obtained successful arbitration award for executive of multi-national bank in hostile work environment arbitration against employer.
  • Advised prominent national song-writing guild on social media and employment policies and created related policy handbook.
  • Successfully defended brokerage firm against TRO and preliminary injunction in employment dispute.
  • Successfully defended chemical company against charges of racial discrimination and violations of Title VII brought by former employee.
  • Advised and successfully defended multiple restaurant owners in FLSA wage case.
  • Advised and defended a moving company in FLSA wage case.
  • Advised and obtained successful dismissal of FLSA and FMLA claims for a multi-national carpet importing company.
  • Successfully defended a group of brokers against former employer in case alleging breach of employment agreement.
 Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Young Alumni Development Council, Duke University 
  • United Jewish Appeal – Lawyers’ Division
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007
  • Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004