Adam Abelson

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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, including under the False Claims Act. His civil litigation focus includes securities enforcement actions, complex commercial disputes, and antitrust and legal malpractice matters. He also represents health care providers and their patients in high-stakes disputes with health insurance companies.


He is also deeply involved in the community, including serving on the board of the Job Opportunities Task Force, and contributing, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, to the American Bar Association’s Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees.

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder in 2012, he served as a law clerk to Judge Andre M. Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Judge Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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. Before attending law school, Adam was a research fellow with Human Rights Watch in Santiago, Chile.


Education
  • 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
Languages
  • Spanish
Bar admissions
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
Clerkships
  • Hon. Andre M. Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Hon. Catherine C. Blake, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
Community involvement
  • Member, American Bar Association Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System
  • Contributing author, ABA Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees
  • Board, Job Opportunities Task Force, 2017-present
  • Lawyers’ Alliance, Public Justice Center, 2016-present
  • Member, Next Up Program, Greater Baltimore Committee, 2017-2018

Representative matters
  • Represents United insureds in a case challenging the legality of the internal guidelines it uses when adjudicating mental health and substance abuse claims. Following a highly publicized trial in 2017, the district court ruled that United breached its fiduciary duties when it developed its guidelines and that its denials pursuant to those guidelines were wrongful. The case is now in the remedy phase.
  • Represented a former NFL player in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 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 post-acute health care company in litigation involving allegations of unfair competition and breach of contract.
  • Represented a physician in defending against allegations of improper prescribing practices.
  • 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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Adam Abelson

Adam Abelson

Associate

Office
Baltimore
Tel.
410.949.1148
Fax.
410.659.0436
Others
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vCard
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