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Adam T. Kirgis



Adam Kirgis has frequently advised financial institutions in a variety of commercial disputes, including contract, securities, shareholder derivative, and other matters. While Adam has wide-ranging litigation experience, he has focused in particular on appellate practice in recent years, litigating high-stakes appeals before the Second Circuit, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the New York Appellate Division, First Department. As part of his pro bono work, Adam participated in all aspects of a week-long administrative hearing held in a high-security federal prison.

Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Adam was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP before serving as an adjunct law lecturer at Boston University’s School of Management.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • Trustees and investors in contract disputes concerning RMBS in New York State and federal court, including in numerous appeals raising issues of first impression before the New York Appellate Division, First Department.
  • Major investment bank in shareholder derivative suits challenging the bank’s compensation levels, resulting in dismissals upheld on appeal by the Delaware Supreme Court and New York Appellate Division, First Department.
  • Major investment bank in federal securities class action brought by shareholders concerning the bank’s valuation of its mortgage-related assets.
  • Major investment bank in securities fraud class action concerning bank’s statements about conflicts management.
  • Major investment bank in shareholder derivative suit concerning the board’s oversight of a mortgage origination subsidiary.
  • Major investment bank in fraud actions involving RMBS.
  • A deaf federal inmate in Rehabilitation Act claims against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, resulting in a favorable ruling from an Administrative Law Judge.
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The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., high honors, 2009; Comments and Developments Editor, The Chicago Journal of International Law; Kirkland & Ellis Scholar)

Miami University (B.A., Philosophy, Political Science, Journalism, summa cum laude, 2005; Phi Beta Kappa; Linda Singer Scholarship for Philosophy; A.R. McMicken Scholarship)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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