Sam Adam, Jr. obtained both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Adam led the first defense team that represented former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in his 2010 federal corruption trial. During that trial, the former governor was convicted on just one count, after the jury deadlocked on the remaining 23 counts. Mr. Adam—alongside of his father, Sam Adam, Sr.—also served as part of the legal defense team that successfully represented superstar R & B singer R. Kelly in his pornography trial.
Mr. Adam has earned a reputation for providing equally remarkable representation in both high profile and less noted cases. For example, he won acquittals in the following cases: armed robbery trial of Raul Eisman, murder trial of Melinda Goodman, murder trial of Joseph Biedermann, trial of Howard Morgan and the murder trial of Robert Dianovsky. He also obtained a hung jury on 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder of police officers. Over the past decade, Mr. Adam has served as the defense lawyer for scores of other jury and bench trials resulting in not-guilty verdicts.
In 2011, Mr. Adam and Mr. Victor P. Henderson established Henderson Adam, LLC, a trial law firm. The firm specializes in four areas: personal injury and medical malpractice, civil rights, commercial litigation (also known as business litigation) as well as state and federal criminal defense, including white-collar defense. Since opening, Henderson Adam, LLC has been hired to represent—among others—the families of two men who allegedly committed suicide at the notorious Area Two Police Station on the South Side of Chicago; Cook County Commissioner William Beavers who is charged with federal tax fraud; and Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith, who has been charged by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald with accepting a bribe.
As a result of his success as a trial lawyer, Mr. Adam has made frequent appearances on local and national television and radio shows, including NBC, CBS, ABC and MSNBC. He has appeared as a guest on the Today show and is often written about and featured in newspaper articles and publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Magazine, the American Bar Association Journal and Uptown Magazine. Moreover, the National Trial Lawyers recently named him one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America.
Mr. Adam is happily married and has two small children.