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Adam J. SaferAdam J. Safer

(212) 878-5178
New York
885 Third Avenue
18th Floor
New York NY
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University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., magna cum laude
New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Adam Safer is a litigator who focuses his practice in employment and complex commercial disputes. He represents financial institutions, middle-market companies and high level executives.

Adam counsels clients in connection with employment raids, restrictive covenants, contract disputes, unfair competition and compensation matters. He also conducts employment discrimination investigations and serves as lead counsel at trial and injunction proceedings in federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals.

Adam also represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters involving financial transactions and licensing, allegations of fraud and breach of contract issues. Managing directors and senior executives look to his direct approach to obtaining the best results for structuring and enforcing employment terms.

Adam tries cases in federal and state courts, and also handles the full range of mediation and arbitration, including FINRA, AAA, JAMS and ICC arbitrations. Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Adam was a partner with the New York City litigation boutique, Miller & Wrubel, P.C.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a publicly traded European telecommunications company and its U.S. subsidiary in an investigation into fraudulent actions by the subsidiary’s CEO. The investigation, undertaken on behalf of the Board of Directors, found that $38 million had been directed to a company owned by the CEO, who then collected a percentage of those funds. Obtained an injunction, then attached and recovered the stolen funds held in United States banks.
  • Representation of defendants, a law firm and its managing partner, against claims of discrimination and retaliation.  The plaintiff failed to abide by a mandatory contractual arbitration clause.  After conducting an investigation, obtained a dismissal with prejudice when plaintiff filed a second court action rather than complying with a court order directing the dispute to arbitration. 
  • Representation of an international investment bank in connection with a court action and FINRA arbitration against former employees who downloaded proprietary information shortly before their resignations to join a competitor. Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the use by defendants of the downloaded documents.
  • Representation of the inventor of a patented pharmaceutical product claiming that a pharmaceutical company had breached the development license agreement. Following a two-week arbitration before a blue ribbon panel of the International Chamber of Commerce, the arbitrators found in favor of our client and awarded damages.
  • Representation of a casino resort developer against claims that it, in addition to the owner of the casino, was a party to an insurance contract requiring it to arbitrate claims for premium.  After an adverse decision in the trial court, obtained an emergency stay of enforcement and ultimate reversal on appeal.
  • Representation of a commodities meat wholesaler and two employees it recruited from a competitor.  Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction alleging that our clients had improperly violated restrictions against soliciting their former customers.
  • Representation of a partner in a dispute with his former partnership, a major U.S. accounting firm, which alleged he had violated a contractual agreement not to solicit his former colleagues to join a competitor.  The client asserted counterclaims for compensation.  After a two-week arbitration heard by a three-arbitrator panel, the arbitrators entered an award in our client’s favor on these non-solicitation and compensation claims.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Ethics in Employment Law, Co-Chair, New York City Bar (2011)
  • Clerkship with Hon. Lawrence M. McKenna, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Member of Labor and Employment Committee of the New York City Bar


Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent™
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publicationsArticles: Post-Employment Restrictions: 35 Years of Uncertainty
clientAdvisories: G&S Litigation Victory - Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc. v. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
April 2018
Goulston & Storrs Adds Five Attorneys to Expand its New York Litigation Practice
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