Adam Hakki is a partner and global head of the firm’s Litigation Group. He also leads the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and has extensive experience representing clients in complex securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation, as well as in civil and criminal investigations and cases brought by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and state attorneys general concerning disclosure, securities and insider trading, derivatives, commodities, financial products, financial reporting, accounting, ERISA, conflicts of interest and major corporate transactions. He has led the representation of major financial institutions and hedge funds in many of the most significant litigations and government investigations and prosecutions affecting the financial community in the last several years.
Adam has been recognized for many years as a national leader in his field by leading client publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, the Benchmark Guide, Law360 and LawDragon. He has been described in these publications by clients and peers as: the “complete package,” “amazingly bright, with excellent strategic judgment,” having “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” “very strong with senior management,” “among the best partners [then] under 40 in America,” “quick, well prepared and responsive,” a “superb writer, savvy and great in meetings,” 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 who “knows how to run a case” and whom “big banks turn to frequently for important matters.”
In both 2011 and 2012, Adam was selected by Law360 as one of only five “rising stars” in the United States in the area of securities litigation.
Adam has significant jury trial and appellate experience, frequently appears in trial, bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the United States, frequently has appeared in Delaware Chancery Court on major corporate matters, and regularly advises corporate and fund boards on crisis management, corporate governance, litigation prevention and dispute resolution, compliance, insurance and disclosure matters.
Throughout his career, Adam has been actively involved in the pro bono work. He is one of the leaders of a team that recently obtained the reversal of a death sentence on behalf of a defendant with mental retardation in Florida after a two-day evidentiary hearing. He has also recently acted as lead pro bono counsel on matters for the Legal Aid Society of New York and Humane Society of the United States.
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the District of Colorado