IKE ADAMS is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he represents clients in all phases of criminal and civil litigation, including in regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations, and trial court proceedings. His practice primarily focuses on matters involving allegations of corruption, financial fraud, embezzlement, accounting irregularities, and violations of securities and banking laws and regulations.
Mr. Adams has substantial experience representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as in related criminal investigations and proceedings. His experience in this regard includes matters involving, among other things, alleged securities fraud, investment adviser misconduct, FCPA violations, and accounting irregularities. Mr. Adams regularly advises clients on matters arising under the FCPA and other anticorruption regulations, including conducting FCPA internal reviews, defending DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations, and counseling U.S. and non-U.S. clients on issues relating to FCPA compliance.
In addition, Mr. Adams also has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters. For example, he was part of the team representing Bank of America in the Multi-District Litigation proceeding involving Parmalat, the Italian dairy company that collapsed in the wake of a massive international fraud. In 2009, he was on the trial team that prevailed in defending Bank of America against a lawsuit brought by two Cayman Islands investment vehicles claiming over $500 million in damages from the Parmalat fraud.
Mr. Adams also has authored merits and amicus briefs submitted in the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Adams successfully represented the respondent in Arizona v. Gant, No. 07-542, a Fourth Amendment case redefining the scope of warrantless vehicle searches incident to arrest.
Before joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Adams was a law clerk for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served on the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.