Adam G. Unikowsky is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court, Communications, and Technology Litigation Practices. He has won six Supreme Court cases as lead counsel over the past three terms, while losing none, and is lead counsel in an additional Supreme Court case in the current term. He also handles high-stakes appellate and district court litigation in numerous areas of law, including patent law, telecommunications law, and securities law. In 2017, he was recognized as a Law360 “MVP of the Year.”
Mr. Unikowsky litigates cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, appellate courts, trial courts, and administrative agencies. At the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Unikowsky has been lead counsel in seven cases over the Court’s past three terms; he won six of those cases, while the seventh remains pending. In the 2016-17 Term, he filed successful petitions for certiorari in three cases, and argued all three cases within a 28-day span, leading to unanimous victories in all three. Among those cases were Kokesh v. SEC, a case limiting the SEC’s power to obtain disgorgement, which led to Law360 recognizing him as a Securities Law “MVP of the Year.” He won two additional cases as lead counsel in the Court’s 2015-16 Term, including V.L. v. E.L., in which he obtained a unanimous win in a landmark case recognizing the parental rights of an adoptive parent in a same-sex couple. In the 2017-18 Term, he filed two successful petitions for certiorari; in one case, Artis v. District of Columbia, he prevailed on the merits, while the other remains pending. Mr. Unikowsky has been recognized by “Empirical SCOTUS” as the attorney in the United States with the highest statistical rate of success at obtaining grants of certiorari.
At the appellate level, Mr. Unikowsky has briefed numerous appeals in a wide range of areas, including patent law, telecommunications, and government contracts. In 2015, he briefed and argued United States v. Fokker Services, B.V., a leading D.C. Circuit case concerning deferred prosecution agreements. At the trial level, Mr. Unikowsky regularly litigates patent cases involving a wide range of computer and electrical engineering technologies. He has litigated cases in several other substantive areas, including telecommunications, insurance, copyright, energy, and government contracts. He has also handled telecommunications disputes in federal and state administrative agencies.
Mr. Unikowsky is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the District of Columbia.