Adam Safadi is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group. He focuses his practice on complex criminal and civil litigation, enforcement, and antitrust matters, including proceedings at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels. Adam also routinely advises clients in internal investigations, including matters arising under the Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other state, federal, and international laws.

Adam maintains an active pro bono practice that includes representing individuals and organizations in state and federal trial and appellate court proceedings. His pro bono work has included representing individuals in court-appointed appeals before the Eleventh Circuit and representing the American Bar Association and individual student-loan borrowers in a lawsuit against the Department of Education challenging the Department’s conduct in relation to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Adam is a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2017, where he was an associate editor on The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, a member of the moot court board, and received Penn Law’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. Adam also earned a Certificate in Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Represents closed-end fund against activist investor’s claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Represents several large pharmaceutical companies in multiple federal and state investigations addressing kickback-related theories, including the alleged improper use of promotional speaker programs, consulting agreements, and patient support programs.
  • Represents major international technology company in connection with federal and multi-state antitrust investigations. 
  • Represents various providers and health plans challenging Medicare reimbursement decisions.
  • Conducted internal investigation for a major medical device company relating to consulting activities.
  • Represented large pharmaceutical company in complex civil litigation in antitrust-related appellate proceedings.
  • Represented three large mutual fund investment advisers against claims of excessive fees under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940. 
  • Conducted internal investigation for global law firm involving allegations of bribery in Latin America.
  • Conducted internal investigation for major global investment firm in connection with exposure over portfolio company’s violations of laws in a Latin American country.
  • Conducted investigation on behalf of a private equity company into allegations of criminal misconduct by a former member of senior management.

Pro Bono

  • Served as counsel to the American Bar Association and individual student loan borrowers in a lawsuit against the Department of Education.
  • Represents incarcerated individuals in court-appointed constitutional civil appeals before the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Represents individual seeking political asylum in the United States.
  • Represents victim of domestic violence seeking Civil Protection Order.
  • Part of the trial team that represented a criminal defendant in wrongful conviction matter following grant of petition for writ of actual innocence based on DNA evidence undermining homicide convictions and life sentences from trials in 1981 and 1983. Team was awarded firm-wide 2018 Pro Bono Team Award.

Areas of Practice