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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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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Rated Lawyer||ALM & Martindale-Hubbell™||2014|
|Top Up & Comer||South Florida Legal Guide||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Stars, Personal Injury||Super Lawyers||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Top Rated Lawyers - AV Preeminent||Annual Guide to Personal Injury Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Stars, Personal Injury||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Recipient, Most Effective Personal Injury Lawyer||Daily Business Review||2009|
|Cum Laude||University of Miami School of Law||2000|
|Attorney||Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A.||2005 - 2014|
|Partner||Gilbride, Heller & Brown, P.A.||2000 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit||N/A||2013 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit||N/A||2009 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Colorado||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Court of Federal Claims||N/A||2006 - Present|
|U.S. Tax Court||N/A||2005 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit||N/A||2004 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida||N/A||2001 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida||N/A||2000 - Present|
|Dade County Bar Association||N/A||2000 - Present|
|Florida Bar||N/A||2000 - Present|
|Jane Doe v. Discovery Day Care||3 million dollar verdict for plaintiff|
|Elk v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (2009)||Verdict for Plaintiff|
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|WIVB.com||Lawyer says priest admits sex assault||2012|
|CBS||Miami Jury Awards $3 Million In Day Care Sex Abuse Case||2012|
|Newark Star Ledger||Newark Archdiocese settles sexual assault lawsuit filed by Florida woman||2010|
|Jerusalem Post||NY yeshiva sued over 'sexual abuse'||2010|
|New Times||Attorney for Epstein Victims: No Contact With Rothstein; Calls Epstein Suit Against Rothstein "Disgraceful"||2009|
|examiner.com||Discovery Day Care under fire in lawsuits claiming sexual abuse||2009|
|Rapid City Journal||A Lakota warrior woman wins in court||2009|
|KKTV||Pueblo Diocese Pays Out $4 Million||2008|
|Denver Post||Church to pay $4 million in Pueblo cases of sexual abuse||2008|
|Jacksonville Times Union||Dioceses settle abuse claims for $1.5 million||2005|
|University of Miami Law Review||Nelson v. McClatchy Newspapers: What Happens When Freedom of the Press Collides With Free Speech?||2000|
|St. Thomas University Law Review||The Constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act||2000|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of Miami||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Conference of the Lambs||Ehtical Reasons for Pursuing Justice in Clergy Sexual Abuse Cases||N/A|