Kevin C. Adam

Associate, Boston, New York



Kevin Adam is a litigation associate in the firm's Boston and New York offices and a member of the Global Antitrust/Competition Group. His practice focuses on complex, bet-the-company litigation in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and commercial disputes. Kevin represents several leading global pharmaceutical companies in class-action litigation matters at the cutting edge of antitrust and intellectual property. He also has experience advising clients in the agricultural, aviation, banking, casino, college admissions, health insurance, oil & gas, and technology industries.

In 2020, Kevin was recognized by The Legal 500 United States: Antitrust: "[He] is a workhorse. Not sure how he does [it] but [he] operates on full cylinders all the time. Digs in and is up to speed in a matter of moments."

Kevin regularly speaks and writes about antitrust, intellectual property, and technology. He has published a number of articles in those areas and is a co-author of a book on class actions titled "Deconstructing Rule 23: A Comparison of Massachusetts and Federal Class-Action Litigation." He is also a member of Law360's Competition Editorial Advisory Board and the ABA Antitrust Section's Pricing Conduct Committee Advisory Board.

Kevin has an extensive pro bono practice, with a particular focus on criminal appellate work and civil-rights litigation. He has represented criminal defendants and wrongfully convicted individuals in New York's Appellate Division, the New York Court of Appeals, and federal court.

Kevin graduated from Suffolk University Law School summa cum laude in 2012, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Suffolk University Law Review. He has also completed programs in economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in global business and negotiation at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the firm, Kevin worked at the First District Court of Essex County in Salem, Massachusetts and later served as a research assistant for the Honorable John M. Greaney, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Massachusetts State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Suffolk University Law School
Suffolk University



Represented Allergan/Warner Chilcott in litigation brought by competitor Mylan, challenging Warner Chilcott's transition to new versions of its Doryx acne treatment. Kevin and the White & Case team obtained dismissal of all of Plaintiff's claims on summary judgment, representing the first-ever victory for a defendant on a full evidentiary record in a so-called pharmaceutical "product hopping" litigation. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the client's victory, creating the only appellate precedent in favor of a defendant in a "product hopping" case.

Successful defense of Allergan in a nationwide antitrust class-action litigation regarding the company's leading Botox® Cosmetic product.

Successful defense of higher education application and technology platform, The Common Application, against monopolization claims brought by rival CollegeNET in the District of Oregon.

Represented Boehringer Ingelheim in an antitrust class action challenging a patent settlement.

Member of a trial team that represented a global pharmaceutical company in a preliminary injunction hearing challenging a new-product launch.

Member of a trial team that represented Anthem, Inc. against claims brought by the US Department of Justice to block Anthem's US$54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation.


Intellectual Property

Represented Pfizer in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation

Represented a global technology company in a patent dispute in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



Represented Allergan/Warner Chilcott in a reversal of class certification by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Asacol Antitrust Litigation.

Member of a number of federal appellate teams that represented clients in the First, Second, Third, D.C., and Federal Circuits.

Successfully argued appeals and overturned criminal convictions in New York's Appellate Division, First and Second Departments.


Civil Rights

Representation of Mark Schand, an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1987 and spent 27 years in prison before his exoneration in 2013, in a Section 1983 litigation against officers of the police department of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Served as a member of the trial team in a two-week federal jury trial in the District of Massachusetts, resulting in a jury verdict for Mr. Schand of $27.127 million—one of the largest jury awards for a single individual raising civil rights claims relating to a wrongful conviction.

Speaking Engagements

"Recent Antitrust Developments: March and April 2015", May 12, 2015: ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee


Most Courts Follow 1st Circ. Generic-Delay Ruling's Standard, Law360, August 2020, (co-author with Michael Hamburger and Abdul Hafiz)

Why A Surge In Drug Pricing Litigation Is Unlikely, Law360, July 2020, (co-author with Lauren Papenhausen and Karen Eisenstadt)

US Courts Annual Review: Third Circuit Pharmaceutical Cases, Global Competition Review, July 2020 (co-author with Noah Brumfield, J. Mark Gidley, Alyson Cox Yates, and Mark Levy)

United States: Pharmaceutical Antitrust 2020, Global Competition Review, Sept. 2019, (co-author with Michael Gallagher, Eric Grannon, Heather McDevitt, Kristen O'Shaughnessy, Adam Acosta, and Trisha Grant)

Understanding and Un-Tying Product Hopping Litigation, Part II: A Reply to Carrier and Shadowen, Antitrust, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 2019 (co-author)

United States: Pharmaceutical Antitrust 2019, Global Competition Review, Sept. 2018, (co-author with Michael Gallagher, Eric Grannon, Heather McDevitt, Kristen O'Shaughnessy, Adam Acosta, and Trisha Grant)

Doryx, Namenda, and Coercion: Understanding and Un-Tying Product-Hopping Litigation, Antitrust, Vol. 32, No. 3, Summer 2018 (co-author)

Antitrust Law Developments, Eighth Edition, American Bar Association, Oct. 2017, (contributing author)

United States: Pharmaceutical Antitrust 2018, Global Competition Review, Sept. 2017, (co-author with Michael Gallagher, Eric Grannon, Heather McDevitt, Kristen O’Shaughnessy, Adam Acosta, and Trisha Grant)

United States: Pharmaceutical Antitrust 2017, Global Competition Review, Sept. 2016, (co-author with Michael Gallagher, Eric Grannon, Heather McDevitt, Kristen O'Shaughnessy, Adam Acosta, and Trisha Grant)

Structure or Function? AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co. v. Janssen Biotech, Inc. and the Federal Circuit's Structure-Function Analysis of Functionally Defined Genus Claims Under Section 112's Written Description Requirement, 3 Suffolk U. L. Rev. Online 1, 2015

Deconstructing Rule 23: A Comparison of Massachusetts and Federal Class-Action Litigation, Flaschner Judicial Institute, 2013, (co-author with Lisa M. Scalisi and The Honorable John M. Greaney (ret.), Former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)

Obviously Obvious: Federal Circuit Reverses District Court's Decision That Online 'Shopping Cart' Patents Are Nonobvious as a Matter of Law—Soverain Software LLC v. Newegg Inc., 1 Suffolk U. L. Rev. Online 9, 2013

Shooting the Messenger: A Common-Sense Analysis of State 'Ag Gag' Legislation Under the First Amendment, 45 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 1167, 2012

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Fails to Require Statistical Analysis for Nonexclusion DNA Test Results—Commonwealth v. Mattei, 920 N.E.2d 845 (Mass. 2010), 44 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 767, 2011

Awards and Recognition

2021 Best Lawyers: "Ones To Watch" recognition for Commercial Litigation

Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Service, 2020

Kevin Adam was named a "Litigator of the Week" by Global Competition Review for securing reversal of class certification in the Asacol® product-hopping litigation.

Best Business Article, Intellectual Property Category - 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards

Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Service, 2016

Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Service, 2015

Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Service, 2014