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Adam C. Ford

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  • Partner

Adam C. Ford is a thoughtful tactician and an indefatigable fighter who represents individuals and corporations engaged in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, as well as regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

Adam has extensive experience representing defendants in both state and federal courts in every aspect of white collar prosecutions and regulatory enforcement actions from investigation through appeal and has handled major matters involving allegations of securities, wire, mail, and accounting fraud, money laundering, FCPA and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations, insider trading, cherry-picking, pump and dump schemes, obstruction of justice, false statements, food and drug misbranding, and tax offenses, among others.

Adam has expertly guided clients through various regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, many involving complex and novel theories, instituted by the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, Department of Justice, various Attorneys General Offices, District Attorneys Offices, Federal Reserve Board, and State Tax Departments.

Adam’s practice also extends to representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, initiating and defending actions involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, employment law and business and partnership disputes.

Adam also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and institutions, including a review into the facts and circumstances surrounding the particular disclosures made regarding Puerto Rico municipal bond holdings in the lead up to Puerto Rico’s financial crises.

Some recent matters include:  

  • A trial victory in the 2019 Platinum Partners criminal case, in which Adam and a team of Ford O'Brien Landy LLP lawyers obtained a judgment of acquittal across the board for former Platinum Chief Executive Officer Joseph SanFilippo after a nine-week trial. SanFilippo faced five felony counts for alleged securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, and conspiracy. Thanks to the efforts of Adam and Ford O'Brien Landy LLP, he was acquitted on all counts and walked out of court a free man.
  • obtaining dismissal of a federal indictment charging a $17 million pump and dump scheme
  • convincing the New Jersey Attorney General’s office not to bring any charges against large financial advisers following a two-year investigation into the sufficiency of its disclosures of Puerto Rico board holdings
  • successfully convincing the SEC to drop any claims for disgorgement and civil penalties connected to an alleged $20 million securities fraud
  • representing a large investment advisory being a major bank in connection with recouping a multi-million dollar loan it was fraudulently induced into making
  • representing HSBC employees being investigated for their potential involvement in OFAC and money laundering violations
  • representing a stockbroker being investigated by the SEC in connection with offering a Private Placement Program
  • representing a senior scientist at a major U.S. pharmaceutical company in a federal criminal investigation of potential violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
  • representing a hedge fund before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; a trader defending an investigation by the CFTC
  • representing the former CEO and majority shareholder of a broker-dealer charged in a twenty-count indictment alleging securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements
  • representing the Managing Partner of a hedge-fund in an SEC investigation into trade allocating
  • representing the Chief Financial Officer in a SEC and New York Attorney General investigation into market timing of mutual funds

Adam frequently lectures on various legal issues including the attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine, and joint defense agreements, as well as persuasive legal writing. He has contributed to panel lectures at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Conference on topics including international criminal investigations and evidence gathering; representing clients in SEC investigations and the effects of recent SEC Guidelines; and defending clients accused of Ponzi schemes.  Adam was previously an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at Brooklyn Law School.

Adam received his undergraduate education from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude, in 1997. In 2000, he went on to study International Criminal Law and International Trade at the American University of Cairo, Egypt. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2002. Adam clerked for Magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein in the Eastern District of New York. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Adam is also the author of, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit the Created America’s Cocktail Culture; The Countryman Press, 2015, and the founder and creator of Atsby New York Vermouth.

Areas Of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Regulatory Enforcement Defense
  • Complex Commercial & Securities
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2002
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • American University of Cairo, Egypt, 2000
    • 2000
    • Major: International Criminal Law and International Trade Courses
  • University of Pittsburgh
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History and Philosophy

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP
  • Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello, P.C.
  • Magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Clerk, 2002 to 2003
  • Federal Public Defender, Newark, New Jersey
  • Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies, Cairo, Egypt

Published Works

  • Author, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit the Created America’s Cocktail Culture; The Countryman Press, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
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