Columbia University School of Law
A native New Yorker with nearly twenty years of experience at some of the City’s most sophisticated law firms, Adam Oppenheim’s practice embodies both the skills of an aggressive courtroom litigator and the patience of an effective settlement negotiator. His work focuses on commercial disputes in the financial services and real estate industries. He represents his clients in federal and state court, in regulatory enforcement proceedings, and in arbitrations and mediations.
Adam’s successes include:
Recently prevailed in breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims brought against Deutsche Bank resulting in an award for commissions owed but not paid. FINRA 2019 (cited in Fund Intelligence) (paywall).
The representation of a condominium board resulting in a courtroom victory setting the stage for the recovery of millions of dollars claimed to be stolen by a RICO enterprise run by the condominium’s former treasurer (Trump Tower at City Center v. Palazzolo et al., No. 16-cv-9188).
The dismissal of fraud claims against a New York real estate developer and the affirmance of that dismissal on appeal (White Knight of Flatbush LLC v. Sterling Group Asset Management LLC, et al., Index No. 508807/2014, App. Index No. 2015-07856, 159 AD3d 939 (March 21, 2018).
Leading investigative teams on behalf of SIPC Trustee Irving Picard that, collectively, recovered billions of dollars on behalf of victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
The dismissal of securities fraud charges brought against a senior NYSE specialist, and the successful litigation of simultaneous civil claims brought by the SEC (United States v. Foley, Index No. 1:05-cr-00391-HB (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 10, 2006) and In re Finnerty et al., Admin. Pro. 3-11893, Initial Decision Release 381).
Adam has experience representing owners and stakeholders in business disputes spanning a wide range of industries including financial services, real estate development, graphic design, and branding and business development.
Adam received his undergraduate degree in international relations and music from Tufts University and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Stone Scholar and member of the Journal of Law and Social Problems. He began his legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and later spent over five years as part of the legal team at BakerHostetler LLP that recovered over $13 billion on behalf of Madoff victims. Adam has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2014.