Adam Blander has a proven track record aggressively advocating and achieving results for his clients, and has appeared and argued on their behalf in both federal and state courts.
In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Adam was named a Rising Star in securities litigation by Super Lawyers (New York--Metro Edition).
Below are some of Adam’s representative matters and victories:
- Martinek v. AmTrust Fin. Servs., 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20056 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2022), in which the court in an exhaustive opinion granted plaintiff's motion for class certification and appointed plaintiff to serve as class representative and Wolf Popper to serve as class counsel.
- MAZ Partners L.P. v. Shear (In re: PHC Shareholder Litigation), 265 F. Supp. 3d 109 (D. Mass. 2017), aff’d 894 F.3d 419 (1st Cir. 2018), cert. denied, 202 L.Ed.2d 378: On behalf of stockholders of a behavioral health company arising from a stock-for-stock merger. Following a two-week jury trial, the Court ordered the acquired company’s CEO to disgorge a majority of the cash side-payment he received in exchange for the extinguishment of his super-voting shares.
- Lipman v. GPB Capital Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 2020-0054-SG, 2020 WL 6778781 Del. Ch. (Nov. 18, 2020): In this derivative action on behalf of limited partnerships (LPs) investing in automotive dealerships, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied the motions to dismiss filed by the LPs’ general partner (GP), finding that the plaintiffs had adequately demonstrated that the GP’s executives had “looted” partnership assets, thereby excusing the plaintiffs from first demanding that the GP take corrective action. “I find none of [defendants’] arguments persuasive,” the Court found.
- McLaughlin v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., C15-02904-WHA (N.D. Cal.): In a precedent-setting Order, the Court ruled that the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) requires mortgage payoff statements to disclose property insurance proceeds creditable against the debt, observing that “[n]o decision from our court of appeals has ever addressed the issue" but that “[a]s a matter of law, the bank is wrong.” Wolf Popper ultimately secured a settlement providing homeowners with 88% of the maximum available monetary recovery and requiring Wells Fargo to alter its practices to comply with TILA. Class members received over $2,500 per account.
- In re Metrologic Inc. Shareholders Litigation, No. L-6430-06 (N.J. Super. Ct.): The plaintiffs in this action alleged breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of stockholders of a technology company who were cashed out in a going-private merger. In March of 2018, the Court approved a settlement with the last remaining defendants, bringing the total recovery to $21,700,000.
- In re Hansen Medical Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 12316-VCMR (Del. Ch.) ($7,500,000 class settlement): On behalf of stockholders of a medical robotics company. In a much-discussed opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding, among other things, that the plaintiffs sufficiently demonstrated that certain large stockholders who negotiated for themselves valuable “rollover” equity in the newly-merged company had acted as a group, and, accordingly, could be held liable to the public stockholders, who were denied this benefit.
- Anwar v. Fairfield Greenwich Limited, 09-cv-118-VM (S.D.N.Y.): This action, on behalf of investors in feeder funds to the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Ponzi scheme, completed in May 2016, when the Court approved a settlement with the last remaining defendant, bringing the total recovery to $235,250,000.
- Kosinski v. GGP, Inc., 214 A.3d 944 (Del. Ch. 2019): Following trial, the Court authorized the plaintiff-stockholder to investigate the acquisition of a commercial real estate company valued at approximately $15 billion, praising the plaintiff for “doing his homework.”
Prior to joining Wolf Popper in April 2015, Adam clerked for New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe. A graduate of McGill University (with great distinction) and a Brooklyn Law School Health Law and Policy Fellow (cum laude), Adam’s note “Codifying Common Law: The Self-Critical Analysis Privilege and the New Jersey Patient Safety Act,” 21 J.L. & Pol’y 577, was published in the Journal of Law and Policy in 2013. Adam also served as a research assistant for Professor Aaron Twerski and the late Professor Richard T. Farrell and as an intern with the Health Care Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. In 2011, he won the National Law Review’s Student Legal Writing Contest for his essay on a tax issue.