Adam represents local governments, candidates for public office, property owners, small businesses, and other general-practice clients with litigation needs on trial and appeal.
Adam began his career as an attorney helping candidates for public office with their legal needs, including nominating petitions, campaign-finance disclosures and compliance with state and federal election laws. During law school he worked as a law clerk, and later as an associate attorney, with the late Michael E. Lavelle, who was the first-ever chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections and a former director of the Chicago Board of Elections before his decades of private practice. Adam then ran his own law office as a sole practitioner prior to teaming up with Ancel Glink.
In addition to his candidate-clients, Adam has helped entrepreneurs establish small businesses in and around Cook County, and he has obtained zoning amendments and retail food and liquor licenses for businesses in Chicago. He has defended such business owners from licensing and ordinance violations in the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings, and he has obtained permitting approval from the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on behalf of cellular communications companies seeking to construct new cell phone towers in the city.
Adam is a monthly contributor to the Illinois State Bar Association’s flagship publication, the Illinois Bar Journal. He authors the magazine’s Law Pulse column, focusing on recent developments in Illinois legislation, appellate and supreme court decisions and other general trends in the law. Prior to law school, he was a staff writer for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, after having served as editor-in-chief of his college newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Served as legal counsel for numerous political campaigns in federal, state and local elections on behalf of both candidates for public office and proponents of referenda and ballot initiatives
- Chairman of Chicago Bar Association Election Law Committee, 2010-2011
- Cases handled in the Illinois Appellate Court:
- Neely v. Chicago Bd. of Election Commissioners, et al., 863 N.E.2d 795 (1st Dist. 2007)
- Pascente v. Cook County Officers Electoral Bd., et al., 869 N.E.2d 802 (1st Dist. 2007)
- Stinson v. Chicago Bd. of Election Commissioners, et al., 944 N.E.2d 862 (1st Dist. 2011)
- Lyons MVP Party v. Lyons Muni. Officers Electoral Bd., et al., 945 N.E.2d 1175 (1st Dist. 2011)
- Successfully obtained business licenses, including retail food and liquor licenses, from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Licensing and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission
- Successfully obtained zoning amendments from the Chicago Department of Zoning, and variances and special-use approvals from the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals
- Reached a favorable settlement in the politically charged defamation case of Brown v. O’Brien, 2010-L-001244 (Cook Co. Cir. Ct., 2010)
- Chicago Bar Association Election Law Committee 2010: “Legislative Update for Election Laws”
- Chicago Bar Association Election Law Committee 2012: “Practitioners’ Tips for Candidate Petitions”
- Monthly Law Pulse column in the Illinois Bar Journal since March 2012
- More than 300 articles published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin from 2000 – 2003
- Assistant editor of IICLE book on Election Law, Chap. 4 “Judicial Review of Electoral Board Decisions,” 2008
Honors & Awards
- SuperLawers Rising Star for Illinois political and campaign law, 2012
- Illinois Press Association, 2nd place for News Reporting, 2002
- Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, 3rd place for News Reporting, 2002
- Top-100 Notable Alumni Award from The Daily Cardinal college newspaper, established 1892