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 won five cases as lead counsel over the Court’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 terms, while losing none. In the 2016-17 Term, he conducted oral argument on behalf of petitioner in three cases, leading to unanimous victories in all three: Kokesh v. SEC, which addressed the SEC’s power to obtain disgorgement; Honeycutt v. United States, which addressed the government’s power to obtain criminal asset forfeiture; and Howell v. Howell, a dispute over veterans’ benefits. In the Court’s 2015-16 Term, Mr. Unikowsky conducted oral argument on behalf of respondents in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, a case addressing Puerto Rico’s political status, leading to a 6-2 victory. Additionally, in V.L. v. E.L., as lead counsel for petitioner, he obtained an emergency stay, followed by a unanimous summary 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. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the District of Columbia.