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Abensohn, Adam M.

Adam M. Abensohn

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7229
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Before joining the firm in 2008, Adam Abensohn was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he oversaw numerous criminal investigations, served as lead trial counsel in prosecutions involving charges ranging from insurance and bank fraud to narcotics and gun trafficking, and appeared several times before the Second Circuit.  Mr. Abensohn also served twice as a law clerk to the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, in the Southern District of New York and in the Second Circuit, and served for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School.  Mr. Abensohn's practice focuses on commercial litigation, including litigation involving complex financial instruments and product liability defense, and white collar criminal matters.  Mr. Abensohn has also served as a panelist and speaker on large-scale litigation related to mortgage-backed securities. 

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
  • Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.
  • Washington Mutual, Inc.
  • Nuance Communications, Inc.
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • MBIA Insurance Corp.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Representing Colgate-Palmolive in multiple actions, throughout the United States, in which plaintiffs have alleged serious illness from the use of cosmetic talcum powder.  Served as trial counsel for Colgate in a matter in Los Angeles, and secured a complete defense verdict, which was upheld on appeal.  Have argued successfully for summary judgment in matters in Maryland and Wisconsin.
  • Outside counsel for FHFA in its landmark mortgage-backed securities litigation against multiple financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and UBS, brought in its capacity as conservator to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  FHFA secured an $800 million verdict in a bench trial against Nomura and RBS, which was affirmed by the Second Circuit on appeal, and settled numerous additional actions on highly favorable terms. 
  • Represented prominent Turkish businessman in high-profile criminal prosecution in the Southern District of New York alleging violations of Iran sanctions.
  • Represented Assured Guaranty in multiple actions asserting claims arising out of misrepresentations in the sale and marketing of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representing Raj Rajaratnam, founder of hedge fund the Galleon Group, in seeking relief from insider trading convictions and an eleven-year sentence which stands as the highest sentence ever imposed in the Southern District of New York for insider trading.
  • Represented New York based asset manager in fee dispute with foreign investor concerning substantial commercial real estate portfolio in the United States secured settlement on favorable terms.
  • Represented MBIA in action based on fraud and breaches of contract by Merrill Lynch in connection with $5.7 billion of credit default swaps (and related insurance policies) written against Merrill Lynch-arranged CDOs.
  • Represented Coca-Cola in successful defense of action involving claims of vicarious corporate liability based on supposed human rights violations by foreign bottling companies.
  • Represented Charles Schwab & Co. in action by the New York Attorney General purporting to assert fraud claims arising out of sale of Auction Rate Securities prior to market collapse.
  • Represented Washington Mutual, Inc. in its multi-billion dollar lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase concerning the forced sale of WaMu, which involves allegations of billions of dollars in alleged preferences and fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented leading New York real estate developer in connection with $ 188 million loan, financed by several national banks, for construction of large corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.
  • Obtained favorable plea on behalf of client charged in the Southern District of New York with marketing and selling illegal tax shelters on behalf of wealthy clients of national accounting firm.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of leading technology firm in arbitration involving alleged breach of a merger agreement.
  • Obtained post-trial acquittal of two lead counts of conviction in high-profile tax prosecution involving alleged failure by client to make necessary disclosures in variety of IRS forms.
  • Represented multiple witnesses in prosecution of New York State Senator Joseph Bruno on charges of public corruption and theft of honest services. 
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1994)
    • American Criminal Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • Student Commencement Speaker
  • University of Michigan
  • (B.A., high distinction, 1991)
    • James B. Angell Scholar
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office:
    • Eastern District of New York, 2003-2008
  • Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, New York:
    • Associate/Counsel, 2000-2003
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1998-1999
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1996-1997
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington D.C.:
    • Associate, 1994-1996; 1997-1998
  • Fordham University: Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, 2006-2011