Hon. Andre M. Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Hon. Catherine C. Blake, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland


New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

  • Order of the Coif
  • Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize
  • Managing Editor, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics

Princeton University, B.A., cum laude, 2005


  • Spanish
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Adam Abelson


Adam Abelson represents clients in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and government investigations.

His criminal defense focus includes alleged complex financial, securities, and health care fraud, and his civil litigation focus includes securities enforcement, legal malpractice, and trade secrets.

As a law student, he represented individuals charged with federal misdemeanors in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, through the New York University School of Law Federal Defenders Clinic. For that work he received NYU’s Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for outstanding work in a clinical course.

During law school Adam interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations, working on cases and investigations related to genocide and war crimes. Before attending law school, Adam was a research fellow with Human Rights Watch in Santiago, Chile.

  • Represents putative class members in several cases related to the denial of mental health and substance abuse treatment benefits.
  • Represents a former NFL player in a lawsuit against the National Football League’s pension plans over benefits for disabilities resulting from brain damage during his NFL career.
  • Represented a former employee of a now-defunct international law firm charged with participating in a complex scheme to defraud the firm’s lenders concerning the firm’s financial condition.
  • Represented a foreign national targeted in an insider trading investigation conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.
  • Represented a pro bono client in a five-day trial in the Domestic Relations Branch of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The trial court granted our client legal custody, primary physical custody, and child support.
  • Represented an international law firm and a regional law firm against allegations of legal malpractice in litigation in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

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