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Adam J. Kaiser

Adam Kaiser is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Kaiser's practice deals in the preparation and trial of complex commercial cases, principally in the areas of class actions, insurance, sports and entertainment, unfair competition, employment, real estate and arbitration. He has litigated cases before federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Kaiser has litigated cases involving complex commercial cases throughout his career. He has extensive experience in representing insurance companies in class actions. He was the first lawyer in the country to defeat class certification in a "modal premium" class action. He has represented insurance companies in state and federal courts in class actions involving life, long term care, home health care, disability and accident policies.

In the area of unfair competition and employment, Mr. Kaiser has represented a wide array of companies and over 50 individuals in cases involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, raids on employee workforces and unfair competition.

In the area of sports and entertainment, Mr. Kaiser routinely represents sports unions, agents and professional athletes in litigations and arbitrations. He represents the National Football League Players Association in a wide variety of matters, including collective bargaining with the NFL, representing players in disciplinary matters and litigation in federal court. He has represented the NFLPA in dozens of labor arbitrations. He has represented many well-known athletes, including, among others, Terrell Owens, Kellen Winslow, Ben Wallace, Al Harrington and Jason Kendall. Adam has handled arbitrations, representing both players and agents, before the Major League Baseball Players Association and the National Basketball Players Association. He also represents sports agents, including those at the Excel Sports, Wasserman Media Group and Creative Artists Agency in litigations and arbitrations.

Mr. Kaiser has represented major commercial banks in a wide variety of matters, including claims of lender liability, bankruptcy, negotiable instruments and letters of credit, and failed financial institutions. Mr. Kaiser has tried cases to verdict in matters for Citibank and other banks, involving various provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code. He has lectured on banking law topics for the American Institute of Banking and the New Jersey Bankers Association.

Mr. Kaiser also has vast experience in real estate and construction matters. For nearly twenty years, Mr. Kaiser has represented owners and sureties in construction matters. He has tried construction cases both in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Kaiser also obtained a complete defense verdict for a large cooperative after a five-week trial in a case involving claims of adverse possession and prescriptive easements asserted by a neighboring cooperative. Mr. Kaiser was for six months the General Counsel of one of the largest privately held real estate companies in New York.

Mr. Kaiser is also an accomplished trial attorney. He has obtained defense verdicts and arbitration awards in a variety of cases involving professional sports, real estate, construction and banking. As a plaintiffs attorney, Mr. Kaiser obtained a large multi-million verdict after a six-week trial in a case between fund managers who split ways.

Mr. Kaiser received a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School in 1992. He received a B.A. in 1989 from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Honors & Awards

Winston & Strawn's Sports Law group has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports - Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Sport Law for 2012-2013.