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Overview

Drawing upon years of experience in senior legal and legislative positions on Capitol Hill, Adam advises on government relations and policy for a variety of industries, including energy and natural resources.

In the energy sector, he has lobbied and provided policy and administrative law support on behalf of a number of well-known clients at local, state and federal levels of government.

Previously, Adam served as the chief Democratic counsel and staff director for the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; chief counsel and staff director to former House Majority Whip and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn; associate counsel for former Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois; and senior legislative assistant for former Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois.

As a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP and a principal at Husch Blackwell Strategies, Adam lobbies and provides policy and administrative law support to a number of public and private sector clients at the local, state and federal levels of government.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Global Intl Magazine Global Award, Gaming Law - Attorney of the Year in Missouri, 2014-2016
  • Ferguson Award for Distinguished Service, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 2016
  • Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Chairman’s Service Award, 2007
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Veterans Service Award, 1998

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience

Energy-Related Experience

  • Managing federal and state government affairs efforts on behalf of a midstream energy company seeking to construct a propane storage facility in upstate New York.
  • Representing a competitive energy supplier on a prospective wind farm development in Chase County, Kan.
  • Lobbying Congress for a federal $18 million alternative fuel cell technology tax credit.
  • Providing support and guidance to a public-private partnership attempting to attract utility-scale solar and biofuel projects to a remediated Brownfield site.
  • Providing public relations and government affairs guidance to a major publicly traded hospitality company seeking to develop a world-class environmental sustainability program.
  • Providing government affairs and regulatory support to large-scale energy consumer responding to an increasingly de-regulated energy market.
  • Lobby Congress for extension of alternative fuel cell technology tax credits.
  • Providing project development and government relations support to public and private entities seeking to develop utility-scale solar and/or wind projects in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia.
  • Managing federal government affairs for publicly traded midstream energy company seeking regulatory approvals for propane storage project.
  • Provide government affairs and public relations support to major, publicly-traded hospitality company implementing world-class sustainability programs at its various properties.

Other Representative Experience

  • Manage legal team representing a public entity in negotiations with private developers to construct and finance a billion dollar airport in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Principal member of lobby team supporting Washington, D.C. efforts to restore a longstanding ban on internet gambling.
  • Principal federal lobbyist for federally insured savings and loan seeking to recover wrongly seized assets from the federal government.
  • Principal federal lobbyist working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to facilitate the timely, efficient and equitable distribution of class action settlement proceeds to corn growers.
  • Principal federal lobbyist for full-service, acute care hospital in Nebraska seeking to maintain its eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid-related reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Represent major motion picture theater chain in protracted Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement negotiations with U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Principal federal lobbyist for real estate brokerage company seeking to maintain Department of Veterans Affairs home loan program.
  • Principal project manager overseeing legal, government affairs, public relations and marketing activities for $980 million casino development in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
  • Federal lobbyist for nation’s largest, publicly-traded drug store chain, working with independent pharmacists and various trade associations to ensure continued access to affordable prescription drugs in rural and underserved urban communities.
  • Manage multi-state executive branch lobbying efforts for coalition of gaming companies and social policy advocates opposing further expansion of online gambling.
  • Provide legal, regulatory and government affairs support to publicly traded ambulatory surgical centers seeking to retain operating licenses in Missouri, Georgia and Virginia.
  • Manage regulatory team seeking certification of employer-provided health and safety training program for elevator personnel in Washington State.
  • Manage legal and government affairs efforts to limit greyhound racing at state-owned gaming facilities in Kansas.
  • Manage Husch Blackwell legal and state government affairs work for major, publicly-traded for-profit university.
  • Manage Husch Blackwell legal and federal government affairs work for world’s largest motion picture theater company.
  • Provide legal and election law compliance services for major U.S. telecommunications company.
  • Manage regulatory and government affairs activities in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas for world’s largest tester and outsourced regulator of slot machines and other gaming equipment.
  • Provide local and state government affairs support to world’s largest online travel company.
Community Leadership
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Executive Committee, Board of Directors/Co-Chair, Governance Committee, 2016-present
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors; 2014-present; continuous service on Board of Directors since 2006; Co-Chair, Governance Committee, 2010-2014
  • Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 2015-2016; previously served as Board Member from 1993-1996 and 2004-20010; Board Chair from 2004-2007
  • First Tee of Greater Kansas City, Advisory Board, 2009-present
  • Gordon Parks Charter School, School Board Member, 2015-present
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Exchange, 2005, 2007, 2014
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Justice for All Campaign Committee, 2009-2012
  • Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee, Executive Committee, 2009; Board of Directors, 2006-2008
  • Park University School of Business, Advisory Board, 2009-2012
  • Port Authority of Kansas City/Isle of Capri/Ameristar Foundation for Economic Advancement, Advisory Board, 2004-2010
  • Pembroke Hill School Alumni Association, Executive Committee, 2010-2016
  • University of Virginia Kansas City Area Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2009-2013; President, 2012-2013