Summary

Adam brings his unique background and experiences to Taft’s Public Law and Education Litigation practice areas. He focuses his practice on representing public governmental entities, including local, city and exempted village school districts, single and multi-county educational service centers, joint vocational school districts and statewide educational associations.

In addition to his legal career, Adam is a former elected School Board member, former public school teacher and superintendent of schools. He assists school district leaders in a host of legal matters, including labor contract negotiations, student legal issues, administrative contracts, Board of Education policies and governance, arbitrations, and education sector litigation. Adam is particularly versed in the legal aspects of education grants, school finance, community and alternate schools and their impact on traditional public school district operations. Adam has successfully worked on several large-scale school facilities projects exceeding 100 million dollars.

Adam contributes his talents to many organizations. He is active in associations for military members and veterans. Adam helped start a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of veterans and military families. He presently holds the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve. Since 1996, Adam has been a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer. He served with the 10th Mountain Division during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2004. Adam currently serves as the Staff Judge Advocate, 103rd ESC, formerly the Deputy Commander of the 6th Legal Operations Detachment, USAR Legal Command. He was awarded the U.S. Army's Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) and graduated from the US Army War College in 2017.

As the elected 2017 Ohio State Representative for the 17th District of Ohio, Adam serves on committees including the:

  • Ohio House Finance Committee
  • Education Finance Subcommittee (ranking member)
  • Transportation Committee
  • Armed Services, Homeland Security and Veteran’s Affairs Committee
  • Federalism Committee

All Service Areas

Education

  • Capital University School of Law (1994)
  • Otterbein College (Ohio Teaching Certificate) (1989)
  • U.S. Army Command & General Staff College (2004)
  • Ohio State University (B.A.) (1988)

Admissions

  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Columbus Bar Association Member
  • Columbus Business First

    "Who's Who Under 40" (1998)

  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Member

Community Involvement

  • Operation Legal Help Ohio

    Co-Founding Member

  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps

    Officer (1996-present)

  • U.S. Army Reserve

    Colonel

  • Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

    Combat Veteran, 2004

  • VFW Post 4044

    Member

  • Friends of the Hilltop

    Member

  • My Project USA

    Member