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Adam Ford is a thoughtful tactician and a tireless fighter who represents individuals and corporations engaged in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, as well as regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
Adam has extensive experience representing defendants in both state and federal courts in every aspect of white collar crime cases from investigation through appeal and has handled major matters involving allegations of securities, wire, mail, and accounting fraud, money laundering, FCPA and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations, insider trading, cherry-picking, pump and dump schemes, obstruction of justice, false statements, food and drug misbranding, and tax offenses, among others.
Adam has expertly guided clients through various regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, many involving complex and novel theories, instituted by the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, Department of Justice, various Attorneys General Offices, District Attorneys Offices, and State Tax Departments.
Adam’s practice also extends to representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial disputes, initiating and defending actions involving employment law and business and partnership disputes. Recently, Adam won a bench trial in New York Supreme Court for a champion boxer and his promoter, defending a complaint seeking $5 million in damages over exclusive promotional contractual rights, obtaining a complete verdict in his clients’ favor and dismissal of the action.
Adam also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and institutions, including a review into the facts and circumstances surrounding the 2008 Deutche Bank fire on behalf of the City of New York, and a massive multi-million-dollar employee-embezzlement scheme at a public company.
Some recent matters include representing: a major bank in connection with recouping a multi-million dollar loan it was fraudulently induced into making; HSBC employees being investigated for their potential involvement in OFAC and money laundering violations; a stock broker being investigated by the SEC in connection with offering a Private Placement Program; a senior scientist at a major U.S. pharmaceutical company in a federal criminal investigation of potential violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; a hedge fund before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; a trader defending an investigation by the CFTC; the former CEO and majority shareholder of a broker-dealer charged in a twenty-count indictment alleging securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements; the Managing Partner of a hedge-fund in an SEC investigation into trade allocating; and the Chief Financial Officer in a SEC and New York Attorney General investigation into market timing of mutual funds.
Adam frequently lectures on various legal issues including the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, and joint defense agreements, as well as persuasive legal writing. He has contributed to panel lectures at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Conference on topics including: international criminal investigations and evidence gathering; representing clients in SEC investigations and the effects of recent SEC Guidelines; and defending clients accused of Ponzi schemes. Adam was previously an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at Brooklyn Law School.
Adam has been pro bono counsel for the NYC LGBT Community Center for the past seven years. He frequently represents indigent defendants in state and federal courts.
Before joining the firm in 2013, Adam worked closely with pre-eminent trial lawyer, Gary Naftalis, at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP, and was previously associated with Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello, P.C.
Adam received his undergraduate education from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude, in 1997. In 2000, he went on to study International Criminal Law and International Trade at the American University of Cairo, Egypt. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2002. Adam clerked for Magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein in the Eastern District of New York. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.