Adam J. Schlatner focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, representing clients in a wide range of matters including contract, securities, labor and employment, shareholder, products liability, antitrust, executive compensation, consumer fraud and IP cases, as well as corporate internal investigations.
His practice has included the representation of executives in a variety of director and officer liability cases, including securities class and derivative litigation, internal, governmental and regulatory investigations, and other contexts.
Adam has handled matters across a number of industries, including consumer products, financial services, sports, real estate, accounting, energy, construction, software and technology, pharmaceutical, and insurance. Additionally, Adam has extensive experience in both corporate and real estate transactional matters.
Adam also heads up the firm’s nationally recognized Sports industry team, which represents all sectors in the sports world including professional and amateur teams and organizations, team owners and executives, professional leagues, professional and amateur athletes, agents and agencies, broadcast and media providers, venues and arena management companies, corporate sponsors and sporting equipment manufacturers.
The firm was recently recognized by Holt Hackney Publications as one of the Top 20 Law Firms in the Professional Sports Team Industry. In this capacity, Adam has played an integral role in the firm’s annual “Sports Law for Rookies & Veterans” conference.
He is a frequent commentator on business and legal issues facing the industry and co-teaches a sports law class at the University of Miami School of Law. Most recently, he hosted a Spring 2017 Short Course called “Cutting Edge Issues for Sports Law Practitioners in a Collectively Bargained World.”
Adam earned his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, graduating cum laude. He received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Binghamton with honors, majoring in political science. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Adam was a partner at Winston & Strawn, where he spent the first 18 years of his career.
- Represented the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., in the internal investigation, SEC and New York Attorney General investigations, and related civil litigation concerning the compensation of former NYSE Chairman and CEO Richard A. Grasso.
- Represented the former chairman and CEO of Computer Associates International, Inc., in securities class and shareholder derivative litigation, as well as related internal and government investigations.
- Represented Philip Morris USA in the trial of several product liability and fraud actions, and participating in the successful case management of more than 200 individual actions filed against the company.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a major construction company relating to potential illegal activity at a high-profile job site, counseling on related employment issues, and interfacing with local authorities concerning the findings of the investigation.
- Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer and its subsidiary in multi-district antitrust proceedings arising from the settlement of patent litigation between brand name and generic manufacturers.
- Represented developer and owner of a professional sports franchise in connection with efforts to develop a new arena and surrounding multi-use land project.
- Represented majority and minority shareholders in various Delaware LLC disputes (including in the energy, real estate, publishing and waste management/recycling industries).
- Represented minority shareholder in direct and derivative litigation against an oil and gas exploration company, and the related negotiation of the purchase and sale of leasehold interests in the western United States.
- Represented an international media and entertainment company in lawsuit emanating from the production of a major international film awards show resulting in the lawsuit being dismissed.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
- SUNY–Binghamton, B.A., 1990
BAR ADMISSIONS : New York
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court — Southern District of New York
Rate : $$$$