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Adam Horowitz is a nationally acclaimed attorney for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. He is known among his peers as an aggressive and passionate advocate.  His practice is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 


For over fifteen years, Adam Horowitz has been at the forefront of the Catholic clergy abuse scandal litigating dozens of priest molestation cases against Catholic Diocese throughout the country. His work resulted in countless predators being exposed and “confidential” church documents being exposed. Moreover, he achieved victories on critical battles including the statute of limitations and First Amendment in these cases.  At the same time, Adam has also represented abuse survivors across the United States in litigation against other religious institutions, schools, daycares, youth organizations, Boy Scouts, foster care homes, cruise ships, massage therapists, apartment complexes, summer camps, and celebrities.


In 2009, he was named South Florida’s Most Effective Lawyer in the category of personal injury by the Daily Business Review for his groundbreaking work in the area of sexual abuse litigation. Adam prevailed in a federal court trial on behalf of a young Native American woman who was raped by a U.S. Army recruiter. In that case, Elk v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (2009), Adam established a new precedent for Native Americans by using the “Bad Man Clause” of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 to recover pain and suffering damages for the first time in the Treaty’s 150 year existence.


Adam has made countless television appearances and has been quoted extensively on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation in various media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Jacksonville Times-Union, Pueblo Chieftain, and San Antonio Express-News.


Adam is admitted to the Florida Bar (2000); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2001); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2004); U.S. Tax Court (2005); U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2006); U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2009); U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2009). He has been admitted pro hac vice in many states, including Colorado, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington D.C.


Adam received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 2000. During law school, Adam was the articles editor of the University of Miami Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Miami in 1996. He is a native of Lido Beach, New York.


Adam has  received the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating of 5.0,  a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Child Abuse: 80%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • Jeffrey Marc Herman

    I endorse this lawyer. Adam is an excellent lawyer who understands the law and how to help his clients.


    Jeffrey Herman Child abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Jessica D. Arbour

    Adam is a tireless advocate for his clients, all of whom are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. In 2009, he was named Most Effective Attorney in Personal Injury by the Daily Business Review for his work in a landmark case centering on the interpretation of a treaty between the United States and the Sioux Nation, authored in 1868. Adam literally created new law and secured justice for his client, a young Sioux woman who had been raped by her Army recruiter. Adam is well-respected by those in the Miami legal community for his intelligence, enthusiasm, and tenacity.


    Jessica Arbour Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.

425 N Andrews Ave, #2
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33301


FLMember in Good Standing200006/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated LawyerALM & Martindale-Hubbell™2014
Top Up & ComerSouth Florida Legal Guide2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Rising Stars, Personal InjurySuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Rated Lawyers - AV PreeminentAnnual Guide to Personal Injury Lawyers2013
Rising Stars, Personal InjurySuper Lawyers2012
Recipient, Most Effective Personal Injury LawyerDaily Business Review2009
Cum LaudeUniversity of Miami School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFarmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.2014 - Present
PartnerHerman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A.2005 - 2014
PartnerGilbride, Heller & Brown, P.A.2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second CircuitN/A2013 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal CircuitN/A2009 - Present
U.S. District Court, ColoradoN/A2009 - Present
Court of Federal ClaimsN/A2006 - Present
U.S. Tax CourtN/A2005 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh CircuitN/A2004 - Present
U.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaN/A2001 - Present
U.S. District Court, Southern District of FloridaN/A2000 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Florida BarN/A2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jane Doe v. Discovery Day Care3 million dollar verdict for plaintiff
Elk v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (2009)Verdict for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
WIVB.comLawyer says priest admits sex assault2012
CBSMiami Jury Awards $3 Million In Day Care Sex Abuse Case2012
Newark Star LedgerNewark Archdiocese settles sexual assault lawsuit filed by Florida woman2010
Jerusalem PostNY yeshiva sued over 'sexual abuse'2010
New TimesAttorney for Epstein Victims: No Contact With Rothstein; Calls Epstein Suit Against Rothstein "Disgraceful"2009
examiner.comDiscovery Day Care under fire in lawsuits claiming sexual abuse2009
Rapid City JournalA Lakota warrior woman wins in court2009
KKTVPueblo Diocese Pays Out $4 Million2008
Denver PostChurch to pay $4 million in Pueblo cases of sexual abuse2008
Jacksonville Times UnionDioceses settle abuse claims for $1.5 million2005
University of Miami Law ReviewNelson v. McClatchy Newspapers: What Happens When Freedom of the Press Collides With Free Speech?2000
St. Thomas University Law ReviewThe Constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Miami School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Conference of the LambsEhtical Reasons for Pursuing Justice in Clergy Sexual Abuse CasesN/A