- Real Estate Litigation
Adam successfully balanced athletics and academics in college as a varsity football player. He then served on active-duty as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and eventually became an active-duty judge advocate certified to practice in military courts. Thereby, as lead counsel, Adam represented and prosecuted service members accused of various crimes, up to and including the crimes of rape, murder, and drug distribution. Adam also served as the Senior Marine Officer and Head of Trial Advocacy at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, a most prestigious assignment and privilege.
After leaving military service, Adam pursued trial positions as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and as a Deputy Attorney General in order to gain civil litigation experience prior to entering private practice. Adam then successfully transitioned into private practice, putting his trial advocacy skill and experience to good use. Adam is now willing and able to take on civil litigation matters on behalf of Plaintiffs or Defendants, and handle various administrative matters, including appeals before the building board of appeals and the tax court. Some noteworthy cases Adam has worked on include:
Zyda, v. Four Seasons Hotels Limited et al., a class action where Adam represented the Four Seasons Defendants.
E.R.K. ex rel R.K. v. Hawaii Dept. of Education, a class action where Adam served as lead defense counsel for the State of Hawaii.
Various confidential arbitrations pertaining to real-estate development and construction.
Various unfair and deceptive practices cases in litigation.
J.D., Texas Tech University, 2005
summa cum laude; Order of the Coif
B.A., Amherst College, 1997
University of Virginia
Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hawaii State Bar Association
Fellow, 2015 Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute