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Hakki, Adam S.

Adam S. Hakki


Adam Hakki is Global Head of the Firm’s Litigation Group and a member of the Firm’s Executive Group.  Adam divides his practice between litigation and government/regulatory investigations, with particular focus on securities, antitrust, and corporate governance matters, both civil and criminal.  Adam regularly appears in the courtroom, boardroom and before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, CFTC, FINRA, and other regulators.  With decades of experience, Adam is seasoned in crisis management and a first-choice counsel to the financial industry for major cases and investigations.  Adam also frequently represents companies, directors and senior executives in other industries, especially healthcare, energy/oil and gas, technology and media.  In 2016, Benchmark Litigation named Adam the “Securities Lawyer of the Year” for the entire United States.

Adam is recognized in Chambers USA nationally and in New York (Band 1), Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer) and Benchmark Litigation (National Star).  These publications have described Adam as “the complete package,” “the most impressive securities litigator I have ever used anywhere,”  “among the most polished and professional litigators in America,” “a force to be reckoned with,” “amazingly bright, with excellent strategic judgment,” having “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” “a great lawyer with a practical bent that is somewhat rare,” “on top of all of the cutting edge issues,” “incredibly responsive,” “incredibly knowledgeable,”  “an extremely smart lawyer who is very well versed in the financial industry,” “very strong with senior management,” “quick, well prepared and responsive,” a “superb writer,” “always the most calm and composed person in the room,” “great at making oral presentations,” able to “persuade on his feet,” “having a vast and loyal cadre of investment banks, hedge funds and mutual funds” as clients, “an absolute pleasure to work with,” and a litigator to whom “big banks turn frequently for important matters.”

Selected Experience

  • Lead counsel to numerous major global banks and hedge funds in dozens of DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FINRA, bank regulatory, state regulatory, and internal investigations related to subjects such as securities, antitrust/price fixing, commodities, False Claims Act, FIRREA, swaps, futures, currency trading, dark pools, high frequency trading, equity research, securitization/MBS/CDO, rate setting/auctions, market manipulation, insider trading, disclosure, conflicts of interest, compliance and controls, and governance. 
  • Lead counsel to several major financial institutions in separate antitrust and Commodities Exchange Act class actions related to forex, interest rate swaps, U.S. Treasuries, ISDAfix, stock lending, Silver trading, SSA bonds, and reference rates.
  • Lead counsel to global banks including, variously, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, and Barclays in securities class actions on behalf of investors in companies such as Alibaba, SunEdison, TerraForm Global, MF Global, Overseas Shipholding Group, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Stemline Pharmaceuticals, Chiasma Pharmaceuticals, Insmed Pharmaceuticals, Endocyte Pharmaceuticals, Sunrun, Ooma, Sino-Forrest, GMX Resources, Magnum Hunter, China Mobile Games, Covisint, Nationstar, Navient, Sprouts, TCPI, and numerous others.
  • Lead counsel to Galleon Management in the then-largest DOJ and SEC prosecution in U.S. history.

Pro Bono

Throughout his career, Adam has been actively involved in pro bono work.  He was one of the leaders of a team that obtained the reversal of a death sentence on behalf of a defendant with mental retardation in Florida after a two-day trial, which the team eventually sustained on appeal.  He has also acted as lead pro bono counsel on matters for the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Humane Society of the United States.  Adam is a past recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publica award.

Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements

Adam authored the chapter on damages in Litigating Securities Class Actions (Eisenberg, J., editor, LEXIS/NEXIS publisher), a comprehensive treatise on defending securities class actions whose contributing authors are recognized leaders in the field of securities litigation.  Adam has also co-authored numerous publications on securities regulation, enforcement and litigation, including the lead chapter on handling parallel regulatory investigations and securities litigations for the Practising Law Institute’s book “Handling a Securities Case:  From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between.”  Adam is also a frequent lecturer and panel participant on insider trading, SEC and government investigations, litigation and compliance matters, including for SIFMA, PLI, ALI and other leading groups.



  • St. John’s University, School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Executive Articles Editor, St. John's Law Review
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A.


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