Adam B. Schwartz is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice. A former federal prosecutor and experienced first-chair trial lawyer, his practice focuses on the representation of multinational corporations, global financial institutions and individuals in criminal and civil regulatory matters, internal investigations, and litigation in state and federal courts. 

Adam has represented companies and individuals in investigations led by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the SEC, the CFTC, FINRA, state attorneys general and regulators, and Congress, involving potential violations of the securities and antitrust laws, the FCPA, the False Claims Act, and export control laws. He has tried more than 40 cases to verdict and argued numerous evidentiary motions and appeals. In addition, Adam frequently works with government contractors and companies operating in the national security industry and under CFIUS mitigation measures, and he has extensive experience advising corporate entities on compliance matters and anti-corruption issues.  

Adam has been recognized by Chambers USA for White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, The Legal 500, American Lawyer’s Litigators of the Week, Global Investigations Review, and Global Competition Review. Clients describe Adam to Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as “an energetic and zealous advocate,” with “exceptional courtroom skills” and “a ton of connections,” “who pushes hard to get good results for his clients,” and is “able to see the bigger picture” in high-stakes public and confidential matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Adam served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he supervised the investigation, indictment, and trial of complex conspiracies, homicides, and matters involving public corruption and racketeering. While with the Department of Justice, he was awarded the Director’s Award and three special achievement awards. Adam was a law clerk for the Honorable Henry E. Hudson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and an editor of the Virginia Law Review while at the University of Virginia School of Law.

From 2000 to 2004, Adam served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy prior to attending law school. He maintains an active pro bono practice representing fellow veterans in matters related to their veterans benefits and has assisted the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee on several occasions by conducting high-profile independent investigations.