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“When I seek candid, unfiltered and professional guidance on political, civic or policy matters in the Midwest or in Washington, Adam Sachs is a trusted adviser. Truly top-notch on both a personal and professional level.”

Norman H. Ross Jr., Vice President – Public Affairs, Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Overview

Adam brings a deep knowledge of government affairs to his practice and helps clients work with government entities to move their interests forward.

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

Adam’s wide-ranging experience includes working on behalf of a public entity to identify a private contractor and negotiate terms to advance a billion-dollar airport project. He also advocated on behalf of a major casino and entertainment company regarding international tax and online gambling issues. He facilitated a legislative compromise in the Affordable Care Act, clearing the way for a physician-owned hospital to provide general acute care services to military families. He also advanced the interests of a coalition of companies negatively affected by the recent legislative changes to the federal tax code.

Adam previously served as chief democratic counsel and staff director to the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Prior to that, he served as associate counsel to the Senate Committee on Education & Labor, and senior legislative sssistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Adam feels a personal responsibility toward working to improve his community and elevating the level of political discourse in America. He is active with a number of nonprofit and community groups, including the Urban League, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute & Museum.

“When I seek candid, unfiltered and professional guidance on political, civic or policy matters in the Midwest or in Washington, Adam Sachs is a trusted adviser. Truly top-notch on both a personal and professional level.”

Norman H. Ross Jr., Vice President – Public Affairs, Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co.


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Recognition

  • Global Intl Magazine Global Award, Gaming Law - Attorney of the Year in Missouri, 2014-2016
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Ferguson Award for Distinguished Service, 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
Featured Case Study

Leveraging Skills in Billion-Dollar Public-Private Partnership

Working in concert with another Husch Blackwell colleague, Adam has leveraged his political and legal skills to help steer a public entity client through the legislative process, as well as tense negotiations with private developers over the construction and financing of a billion dollar airport deal, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. This ongoing, multi-year project has provided a platform for Adam to utilize his government affairs background, legal expertise, and outcome-based approach to help achieve ambitious client objectives.


Additional Experience

Energy

  • Lobbied Congress for federal $18 million alternative fuel cell technology tax credit.
  • Provided support and guidance to public-private partnership attempting to attract utility-scale solar and biofuel projects to remediated brownfield site.
  • Provided public relations and government affairs guidance to major publicly traded hospitality company seeking to develop world-class environmental sustainability program.
  • Provided government affairs and regulatory support to large-scale energy consumer responding to increasingly deregulated energy market.
  • Provided project development and government relations support to public and private entities seeking to develop utility-scale solar and wind projects in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia.
  • Managed federal government affairs for publicly traded midstream energy company seeking regulatory approvals for propane storage project.

Government Advocacy

  • Serves as principal member of federal lobby team supporting efforts to make legislative changes to protect consumers and restore the Federal Wire Act's long-standing ban on internet gambling.
  • Serves as principal federal lobbyist working with Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture to facilitate the timely, efficient and equitable distribution of class action settlement proceeds to corn growers.
  • Represents coalition of supplemental insurance brokers advocating for legislative or regulatory changes to the tax code in light of unintended, yet potentially fatal, provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
  • Represents shareholder group advocating for banking reform legislation to provide for equitable relief and administrative review over certain inequitable regulatory actions.
Outside the Office

In addition to spending time with his wife, Julana, and their four children, Adam enjoys golf, traveling and photography, and often combines the three.

Adam’s photos have appeared in several publications, including golfdigest.com, globalgolfpost.com and golfnewsnet.com. He also takes candid political photos at events he attends. Adam has won photography awards, and his work has been featured in photography shows.

Community Leadership
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Board of Directors, 2015-present; Executive Committee and Governance Committee Co-Chair, 2016-present
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Board of Directors, 2006-present; Executive Committee and Board Vice Chair, 2014-present
  • Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Board of Directors, 1993-1996, 2004-2010, and 2014-present; Board Chair, 2004-2007; Board Vice Chair, 2015-present
  • New Reform Temple, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • First Tee of Greater Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2009-2017
  • Gordon Parks Charter School, School Board Member, 2015-2018
  • 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, Board of Directors, 2006-2009; Executive Committee, 2009
  • Park University School of Business, Advisory Board, 2009-2012
  • Port Authority of Kansas City/Isle of Capri/Ameristar Foundation for Advancement of Minorities and Women in Business, 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
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