Adam L. Sorensen

Associate | Washington, D.C. | (202) 572-6782
(202) 572-6782

Adam Sorensen, a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, has substantial experience briefing and arguing appeals. He has briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts across the country, as well as authored dispositive motions in a variety of trial courts. Adam has successfully presented oral argument in the Ninth Circuit.

Adam’s practice encompasses a wide range of subjects. He has prepared appellate briefs and critical motions in matters involving arbitration, bankruptcy, class actions, constitutional law, jurisdiction, securities, and statutory interpretation. For example, Adam drafted a winning Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court brief that secured dismissal of a consumer class-action against our client UPS on the ground that a 19th century statute imposed no fee limits on most notary services. Adam also serves as an Editor of Morrison & Foerster’s Left Coast Appeals blog, which keeps tabs on the Ninth Circuit.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Adam served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General. During his fellowship, he participated in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, advised the Solicitor General regarding authorization of government appeals in the federal courts of appeals, and successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the Ninth Circuit. After law school, Adam served as a law clerk for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Adam graduated first in his class from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an articles development editor for the Virginia Law Review, a member of the Supreme Court Litigation clinic, and a pro bono volunteer for the Legal Aid Justice Center. Before law school, Adam was an associate editor for Time Magazine.

Appellate Arguments

  • United States v. Gray (10:19)
    (9th Cir.) (9th Cir.) Briefed, argued, and won affirmance on behalf of the United States in an appeal regarding Fourth Amendment exclusion of evidence.

Additional Representative Matters

  • Pivotal Software Inc., et al. v. Superior Court of California, et al.
    (S. Ct.) Secured certiorari for Pivotal Software (part of VMware) on question whether federal law requires stay of discovery in federal securities law actions in state court until the complaint survives a motion to dismiss.
  • Richardson v. The UPS Store, Inc.
    (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court) Secured win on question certified by federal district court on meaning of Massachusetts notary regulation statutes.
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