A trusted advisor to leaders in the public and private sectors, Adam resolves complex disputes and helps clients navigate disruptive change.
Adam solves problems. With experience in all three branches of government, he uses his deep understanding of judicial, legislative, and regulatory processes to develop creative solutions. He is as valued for his leadership on public policy as he is for his advocacy in high-stakes litigation matters.
A member of our Litigation Group and our National Appellate Litigation Group, Adam is also a leader of our Government Law Group. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of court, including in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. His practice encompasses trial and appellate advocacy in commercial disputes, class actions, and public law matters, as well as in criminal and regulatory proceedings. His work includes:
- representing the governments of seven provinces and all three territories in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada concerning the management of national class actions;
- representing the Ontario College of Teachers in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada concerning student privacy and the interpretation of the voyeurism provisions of the Criminal Code;
- defending an international financial services company in a $155-million class action alleging breaches of contract and of consumer protection legislation;
- representing the National Football League in an appeal concerning the jurisdiction of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to require Canadian broadcasters to show American advertisements during the Super Bowl;
- representing a national retail chain in a dispute over unpaid inventory; and
- representing a global mining company in proceedings to enforce a foreign judgment in Canada.
Adam maintains a focus on appeals. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, where he teaches appellate practice and procedure, and has served as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada and to the judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Sought after for his commentary on law and public affairs, Adam’s writing has appeared in the Supreme Court Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Michigan State International Law Review, as well as in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Slate, Maclean’s, and Policy Options. Adam also appears regularly as a commentator on television (CBC News) and radio (Newstalk 1010).
Adam is the co-founder of Teach For Canada, a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers. He was selected to be an Action Canada Fellow in 2010 and has chaired Action Canada’s Board of Directors since 2016. He was named a “Leader To Be Proud Of” by Start Proud, a national LGBTQ organization, in 2014, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2017.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Adam received his law degree from Yale, where he was a Kirby Simon Human Rights Fellow. He holds an undergraduate degree with high honours from Harvard, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honour society. He was called to the Bars of Ontario and New York in 2015. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar Association.
- Endean v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 42,  2 S.C.R. 162
- Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FCA 217, 402 D.L.R. (4th) 551
- Bell Mobility Inc. v. Klass, 2016 FCA 185,  1 F.C.R. 451
- Fram Elgin Mills 90 Inc. v. Romandale Farms Limited, 2016 ONCA 404, 131 O.R. (3d) 455
- Bell Canada v. 7262591 Canada Ltd., 2016 FCA 123
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- “Beer, Bedford, and beyond—the Supreme Court of Canada and the limits of precedent in R. v. Comeau” (April 2018), Canadian Appeals Monitor Blog
- “Unfinished Business: The McLachlin Court and the Standard of Review” (April 2018), presentation to University of Ottawa symposium on the legacy of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
- “Lobbying in Canada after R. v. Carson” (March 2018) (with Jessica Firestone)
- “A Lawyer’s Judge: Justice Marshall Rothstein and the Rule of Law” (2017), 74 S.C.L.R. (2d) 51 (with Neil Finkelstein, Brandon Kain, and Richard J. Lizius)
- “The end of medical marijuana” (July 2016), Policy Options
- “Northern Superior Appeals Dismissal of Aboriginal Consultation Claim Against Ontario” (July 2016), Canadian ERA Perspectives Blog
- “Canada announces unqualified support for UNDRIP” (May 11, 2016), Canadian ERA Perspectives Blog
- “Is Trudeau’s Pot Plan Constitutional?“ (November 2015), Policy Options
- “Closing the Citizenship Gap in Canada’s North: Indigenous Rights, Arctic Sovereignty, and Devolution in Nunavut” (2013), 22 Mich. St. Int’l L. Rev. 23 (with Tony Penikett)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- Governor General of Canada - 2017 Meritorious Service Medal
- StartProud - 2014 "Leader To Be Proud Of" Award