Matthew S. Adams
As a member of the firm's Litigation Department, Matthew practices in the areas of commercial civil litigation and white-collar criminal and regulatory defense. He actively litigates in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, regulatory bodies and in alternate dispute resolution forums throughout the United States.
Matthew has significant experience in emerging issues involving the intersection of the law and technology, including the cutting-edge and increasingly relevant areas of e-discovery, digital privacy, social networking and other hot button topics that are a consequence of the digitalization of today’s world. Matthew’s clients routinely rely on him to advocate for an extension of traditional legal concepts, such as fundamental constitutional rights and other hallmarks of the legal system, in circumstances where the advancement of the law has lagged behind the fast moving, technologically-driven methods of modern business and society. He strategically builds and defends cases through digital forensics and other non-traditional forms of evidence, including where the use of such evidence presents issues of first impression for the courts and other forums in which he appears.
Matthew's business litigation practice includes experience representing individuals and businesses in the prosecution and defense of complex civil actions involving:
- Partnership and other business entity break-ups;
- Commercial class actions;
- Intellectual property rights;
- Restrictive covenants;
- Breach of contract;
- Civil RICO;
- Environmental claims;
- Employment issues;
- Unfair competition;
- Credit defaults;
- Commercial landlord/tenant disputes;
- Construction disputes;
- Real estate controversies;
- Director/officer claims; and
- Other corporate litigation issues.
Matthew serves as defense counsel to individuals and entities facing state or federal criminal charges, regulatory or enforcement actions or that are the target of an investigation by local, state or federal law enforcement agencies or regulatory bodies. Demonstrating the scope and breadth of his practice in this area, his recent white collar compliance and defense matters include representation of:
- A research biologist formerly employed by a major pharmaceutical company accused of the criminal theft of trade secrets, resulting in the complete dismissal of all charges prior to trial;
- Professional licensees facing administrative actions to revoke their licenses and other disciplinary sanctions;
- Corporate executives investigated for securities fraud;
- A professional athlete;
- Police officers accused of misconduct, including constitutional violations;
- A company investigated for homicide in the aftermath of a fatal industrial accident;
- An individual accused of a federal conspiracy to commit extortion;
- Securities brokers and other financial professionals facing enforcement actions by the SEC and FINRA and corresponding referrals to criminal authorities;
- Targets of a federal tax fraud investigations; and
- Mortgage brokers and other individuals working in the housing sector of the economy that have been investigated or prosecuted for fraud and other related offenses in the aftermath of the financial collapse of 2007-2008.
Matthew's largest successes have come where his clients were investigated but never prosecuted. Whether facing a relatively minor offense or a serious charge carrying significant consequences, Matthew’s clients receive his unwavering commitment to protecting their rights and to ensuring the presumption of innocence, regardless of the nature of the alleged offense.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Matthew is a frequent lecturer and commentator on topics involving the intersection of the law and technology. He also demonstrates his fluency in technological evidence such as digital forensics by teaching and leading e-discovery and trial advocacy strategy sessions to law students and other attorneys. Matthew’s legal scholarship is focused on e-discovery and digital forensics, and his articles and commentaries have been published in such media outlets as ESPN, CBS, Above the Law and Law360. He has also been appointed as co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Privacy Law Section task force on proposed legislation from the New Jersey legislature banning warrantless seizures of cell phone data and other proposed protections made necessary by the way that technology has reshaped the way that people live and work.
Mindful that the ability to practice law is a privilege, Matthew is involved in pro bono legal work supporting the efforts of the legal clinic developed by Fox Rothschild at the Lyons, New Jersey, VA facility. Matthew and other Fox attorneys dedicate their time to those who have sacrificed so much in service to their nation. He has also handled cases for indigent defendants on behalf of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - New Jersey (ACDL-NJ), a leading professional organization in New Jersey established for the purpose of advancing issues impacting the criminal defense bar and its clients. Matthew was elected a Trustee of the ACDL-NJ in 2015.
The E-Discovery Stage
Authored by attorneys in the firm’s E-Discovery Practice, this blog provides updates and details on recent court cases of note and rule changes relating to electronic discovery issues that may affect litigation. Matthew’s contributions to the E-Discovery Stage focus on the impact of digital evidence in both civil and criminal litigation, and have been widely syndicated across multiple platforms.
Honors and Awards
- Selected as a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" by New Jersey Monthly Magazine (2013-2015)