Adam is a shareholder in the firm's King of Prussia office practicing complex tort litigation: primarily premises liability, construction site accidents, product liability, and construction defect cases. He has had significant experience defending Fortune 500 corporations, building owners, large amusement parks, and contractors in premises matters and construction site accidents.
Adam graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1998, where he received degrees in Government and English. He then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, earning his juris doctor in 2001. He practiced law in Ohio for three years before returning home to the Philadelphia area.
Adam has successfully tried more than a dozen cases before courts in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has resolved many other cases through private mediation and binding arbitration. He also serves as an arbitrator in Montgomery County.
Significant Representative Matters
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large retail corporation and related entities in a case where Plaintiff was blown off a roof during the contruction of a regional distribution center and severely injured. Plaintiff made a demand of $9.2 million to the retail corporation after discovery had concluded. The Court granted summary judgment on the basis that the retail corporation, which was both the landowner and the general contractor of the project, was not responsible for the acts or omissions of its independent contractor.
Successfully defended a building owner at a construction site in a premises liability case involving a significantly injured plaintiff where the demand was $12.5 million by showing that the owner was entitled to defense and indemnification from the general contractor of the job.
Defended large amusement park in class action brought by season ticket holders alleging breach of contract. Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed by the appellate court.
Defended electrical contractor in a series of substantial construction defect cases brought by owners of newly constructed multi-million dollar homes in several developments. Obtained dismissal of the contractor by use of the Gist of the Action Doctrine, which set a precedent for many other defendants to seek dismissal.
Defended manufacturer of industrial machinery against products liability claim where a worker allegedly loss the use of his arm after it became entangled in the machine. The case settled for a fraction of the plaintiff's demand after plaintiff's expert's qualifications and opinions were challenged before trial.
Areas of Practice
Kazimer v. Methacton School District, 2016 Pa. Commw. Unpub. LEXIS 71
Shamis v. Moon, 2012 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 343
Zuno v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (E.D. Pa. May 29, 2009)
American Logistics Group, Inc. v. Weinpert, 2005 Ohio 4809
Scales v. Six Flags, Inc., 2004 Ohio 4385 (2004 Ohio App. Lexis 3977)
Sendejaz v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2003 Ohio 7196 (2003 Ohio App. LEXIS 6649)
CLE - Declaratory Judgment Actions
"Eliminating Duplicate Claims With the Gist of the Action Doctrine," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016
Case Western Reserve University Law School, 2001 J.D.
Franklin and Marshall College, 1998 B.A.
Major: Government and English
Areas of Practice
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, (J.D., 2001)
- Franklin and Marshall College (B.A., 1998)
- Ohio, 2001
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2001
- Pennsylvania, 2002
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2007
Honors & Awards
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012-2016