Adam Schwartzbaum is a Partner at Edelsberg Law in Miami, Florida, where he plays a leading role representing individuals in class action litigation across the country. Adam has a wealth of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and at the trial and appellate levels. Adam’s passion for using the law to better the lives of ordinary people makes him a fierce advocate for his clients and a champion for justice. Further, Adam has helped recover over $1.6 billion for his clients over the course of his legal career.
Adam was previously a partner at The Moskowitz Law Firm, where he worked on some of the country’s largest class actions and multi-district litigation cases. Adam was honored to work directly with many survivors of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Collapse Litigation in the firm’s role as lead counsel for the economic loss victims and to help achieve a historic settlement for the benefit of the victims of that tragedy. Adam also worked directly with Co-Lead Counsel to help organize and run two federal multi-district litigations: the FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, and the Erie COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Protection Litigation. Other representative matters include the Transamerica and Lincoln cost of insurance litigation; the COVID-19 student fee cases against Florida public schools, including appeals in all five of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal; several Ponzi scheme cases on behalf of investors against both principals and aiders and abettors; suits challenging illegal and deceptive and unfair business practices in the insurance industry; and a certified issue class concerning the Fort Lauderdale Water Main Break against Florida Power & Light and several of its subcontractors that was affirmed on appeal and resulted in a trial victory for the certified class. Adam also chaired the firm’s busy appellate practice, utilizing his twelve years of appellate experience to lead over a dozen appeals in the Florida District Courts of Appeal and the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. For example, Adam helped lead a team of lawyers to brief and argue Cherry v. Dometic, 986 F.3d 1296 (11th Cir. 2021), an appeal that resulted in an opinion clarifying and revising the “ascertainability” standard to the benefit of class action plaintiffs across the country.
Adam began his legal career with a defense-oriented practice that was split between appellate and trial level advocacy. At Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, a prominent regional firm, Adam represented many local governments, as well as businesses and individuals, in both state and federal court, in a variety of commercial disputes and lawsuits involving complex constitutional and statutory issues. Prior to that, Adam practiced complex commercial litigation at White & Case, one of the world’s largest international law firms.
Adam was raised in the Cuban-Jewish community in Miami Beach. He attended Brandeis University as a Justice Brandeis Scholar where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Adam was a campus leader, serving as Vice-President of the Brandeis Democrats and starring in and directing many plays. Adam interned with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and performed a year of national service in Washington, D.C. with City Year before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Levy Scholar. Adam was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Penn Moot Court Board. Adam’s Comment, The Niqab in the Courtroom: Protecting Free Exercise of Religion in a Post-Smith World, was published in volume 159 of the Penn Law Review. Adam was President of the Penn Law student chapter of the American Constitution Society and was also honored for his outstanding contributions to pro bono work on behalf of workers and children in Philadelphia.
Adam is very involved in his local community. Since 2015, Adam has served on the Board of Directors of Nu Deco Ensemble, Miami’s 21st Century chamber orchestra, and is currently the corporate Secretary. Adam is also the founder and Team Captain for Jewish Community Service’s Miami Marathon and Half Marathon Team Blue Card, which since 2013 has raised over half a million dollars to benefit indigent Holocaust Survivors. Adam also sits on the Board of Directors of Temple Menorah in Miami Beach and serves as J-Street’s District Coordinator for Congresswoman Federica Wilson. Adam’s previous leadership roles include Co-Chair of the South Florida Lawyer’s Chapter of the American Constitution Society; founder and member of the Israel Bonds Young Investor Society; member of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party Executive Committee; and member of the American Jewish Committee’s Global ACCESS Board.