Adam T. Adcock

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Adam Adcock is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney with experience across a range of commercial contract disputes at all stages of litigation. Mr. Adcock has assisted clients in pursuing litigation or settlement options for disputes involving, without limitation, hotel management and franchise agreements; Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employee stock ownership plans and transactions (ESOP); general contractor, construction and development agreements; subprime agreements; federal real estate tax adjustment claims; commercial landlord tenant matters; and D.C. real estate disputes, among others. Mr. Adcock has litigated disputes before the courts, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in administrative challenges to agency rules.

Mr. Adcock's recent representative matters include:

  • assisting with franchise hotel management and licensing agreement disputes regarding nearly a decade of performance
  • navigating fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction claims under ERISA
  • litigating contract, employment and construction arbitrations
  • assessing Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA) claims
  • assisting commercial real estate clients impacted by COVID-19 with dispute resolution and reaching either settlement or successful summary judgment
  • simultaneous termination of development agreements and nearly two dozen general contractor agreements following breach by the general contractor
  • challenging a final agency rule related to the violation of Administrative Procedure Act and the Affordable Care Act
  • assisting with the successful protest of a General Services Administration (GSA) lease award before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • assisting commercial lessors appeal tax adjustment disputes regarding leases with the government before the CBCA
  • assisting a large hospital in avoiding improper class action litigation claims
  • assisting a commercial client with a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation

During law school, Mr. Adcock served as an articles editor for the American University Law Review. Prior to law school, he gained years of experience by assisting attorneys working on complex trial and appellate litigation at a Washington, D.C., law firm, where he assisted with appealing the exclusion of causation experts under the Daubert standard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also assisted with a major corporation's successful contest to a debtholder's claim for a declaration of an event of default during a 10-day bench trial.


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • James Madison University, Paralegal Certificate
  • James Madison University, B.A., Psychology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • American University Law Review, Junior Staffer, 2017-2018; Articles Editor, 2018-2019
  • Washington College of Law Student Bar Association Judiciary, Chief Justice, 2017-2019
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Dean's List Scholarship, Washington College of Law
  • Merit Scholarship, Washington College of Law
  • Certificate of Excellence on Legal Research, Citation and Writing Strategies, Washington College of Law
  • Highest Grade Designations in Advanced Legal Analysis and Drafting International Contracts, Washington College of Law


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