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 returned to the firm in 2011 after completing a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia. Prior to his clerkship, he had been at Jenner & Block since 2008.
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 was lead counsel in two major cases in 2016, and prevailed in both. In Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, he prepared the respondents’ brief and conducted oral argument in a case addressing Puerto Rico’s political status, leading to a 6-2 decision in favor of Mr. Unikowsky’s clients. In V.L. v. E.L., he obtained an emergency stay, followed by a unanimous reversal on the merits, of a lower-court decision refusing to grant full faith and credit to an out-of-state judgment.
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, Mr. Unikowsky prepared a brief and conducted oral argument in United States v. Fokker Services, B.V., a significant D.C. Circuit case concerning deferred prosecution agreements. He also briefed and argued Brown v. Caraway, 719 F.3d 583 (7th Cir. 2013), which recognized the right of federal prisoners to pursue successive collateral attacks on their sentences based on misapplications of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
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 and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the District of Columbia.