Adam Hakki is the Firm’s Global Managing Partner. He is also Global Head of the Firm’s Litigation Practice and Disputes Unit, maintaining a full time litigation and government investigation practice, with particular focus on securities, antitrust, and corporate governance matters, both civil and criminal. Widely recognized as one of the country’s preeminent litigators, Adam regularly appears in the courtroom, boardroom and before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, CFTC, FINRA, and other regulators. With decades of experience, Adam is seasoned in crisis management and a first-choice counsel to the financial industry for major cases and investigations. Adam also frequently represents companies, directors and senior executives in other industries, especially healthcare and biotech, technology and media. In four of the last five years, Benchmark Litigation named Adam the sole “Securities Lawyer of the Year” for the entire United States. Most recently, Adam was named Law360's 2019 Banking MVP in recognition of a string of high-profile courtroom victories for clients.
Adam is recognized in Chambers USA (Band 1), The Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer) and Benchmark Litigation (National Practice Area Star). These publications have described Adam as “the complete package,” “the real deal,” “simply brilliant,” “a master at thinking through issues that others don't,” “the most impressive securities litigator I have ever used anywhere,” having “a unique ability to be practical while not missing a single detail of the law,” “among the most polished and professional litigators in America,” “a force to be reckoned with,” “amazingly bright, with excellent strategic judgment,” having “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” “a great lawyer with a practical bent that is somewhat rare,” “on top of all of the cutting edge issues,” “incredibly responsive,” “tremendous breadth, and does really well in court,” “takes on everything that comes at him,” “incredibly knowledgeable,” “an extremely smart lawyer who is very well versed in the financial industry,” “very strong with senior management,” “quick, well prepared and responsive,” a “superb writer,” “gets to the core really quickly, and can act really quickly,” “always the most calm and composed person in the room,” “great at making oral presentations,” able to “persuade on his feet,” “having a vast and loyal cadre of investment banks, hedge funds and mutual funds” as clients, “an absolute pleasure to work with,” and a litigator to whom “big banks turn frequently for important matters.”
Throughout his career, Adam has been actively involved in pro bono work. He was one of the leaders of a team that obtained the reversal of a death sentence on behalf of a defendant with mental retardation in Florida after a two-day trial, which the team eventually sustained on appeal. He has also acted as lead pro bono counsel on matters for the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Humane Society of the United States. Adam is a past recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publica award and was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Legal Aid Society, Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, which was bestowed on the Firm in connection with its work on the Florida case described above.
J.D., magna cum laude
Adam authored the chapter on damages in Litigating Securities Class Actions (Eisenberg, J., editor, LEXIS/NEXIS publisher), a comprehensive treatise on defending securities class actions whose contributing authors are recognized leaders in the field of securities litigation. Adam has also co-authored numerous publications on securities regulation, enforcement and litigation, including the lead chapter on handling parallel regulatory investigations and securities litigation for the Practising Law Institute’s book “Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between.” Most recently, Adam authored a book chapter for Global Competition Review, the leading antitrust and competition law publication, discussing key legal developments in the Second Circuit in antitrust law. Adam is a frequent lecturer and panel participant on insider trading, SEC and government investigations, securities and antitrust litigation and compliance matters, including for SIFMA, PLI, ALI, the New York City Bar, and other leading groups.