- Real Estate Litigation
Adam T. Snow is an experienced litigator who brings the rarest of capabilities to the table as an up-and-coming attorney in the current legal environment, with substantial “real world” trial and leadership experience. Adam has represented clients in approximately forty (40) contested trials and/or administrative proceedings in his career and has taken several cases from “cradle to grave,” including cases that were overturned in his clients’ favor after years on appeal.
A consummate team player, Adam successfully balanced academics and athletics throughout his college career, and, after college, Adam left behind the “fields of friendly strife” in pursuit of the ultimate team environment via military service. Adam was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and after several years of honorable service on active duty, Adam went on to law school, graduated summa cum laude, passed the bar exam, and became an active duty judge advocate certified to practice in military courts per 10 U.S.C. § 827(b). Throughout the course of his military career, Adam supervised hundreds of military service members on diverse assignments from Hawaii to the Middle East, graduated from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a graduate-level education and training program, and earned multiple expert marksman awards. After becoming a judge advocate, Adam represented and prosecuted service members accused of various crimes, up to and including the crimes of rape, murder, and drug distribution.
Adam excelled in jury trials and administrative hearings, eventually being hand-picked to head the Trial Advocacy Division and serve as a trial advocacy instructor at the prestigious Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. At the Naval Justice School, Adam trained over 1,000 attorneys and military leaders on various topics where he concurrently served as the Senior Marine Officer in direct supervision of staff and student personnel. As an instructor, Adam taught various topics including trial advocacy [primarily using National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) methods], evidentiary foundations, procedure, search and seizure, and handling sexual assault cases. Adam also served as an adjunct instructor of Paralegal Studies for Roger Williams University.
After leaving the service, Adam held positions as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Deputy Attorney General before following his lifelong interest in real estate into civil litigation. Currently, Adam focuses his practice on real estate and commercial litigation, including representation of clients in various administrative tribunals. Adam is also growing a practice in legal malpractice and ethics which involves prosecuting and defending claims against lawyers, also following Adam’s other lifelong interests in moral leadership and professional ethics.
Adam draws upon his diverse and extensive “real world” experiences which provide him the unique ability to weather the storm of litigation. Some noteworthy cases Adam has worked on include:
· United States v. Wiechmann. Here, Adam demonstrated his fortitude, ethics, and zealous representation of a senior military officer as a criminal trial defense counsel. Litigation in this case ultimately proceeded all the way up to consideration by the United States Supreme Court, that denied certiorari, but only after the then-United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who is now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States filed a written opposition to his client’s petition for certiorari which involved issues Adam had preserved and developed from the trial defense level. See https://www.justice.gov/osg/brief/weichmann-v-united-states-opposition.
· Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council. Adam got his first taste of complex litigation working on a dedicated litigation team in defense of the Department of the Navy whose use of sonar in the Pacific was challenged under various environmental laws and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in this case.
· E.R.K. ex rel R.K. v. Hawaii Dept. of Education. Adam served as lead defense counsel for the State of Hawaii in a large federal class action lawsuit under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.
J.D., Texas Tech University, 2005
summa cum laude
Member, Order of the Coif
B.A., Amherst College, 1997
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