Adam K. Israel

Adam K. Israel

Balch & Bingham LLP, Partner

Birmingham, Alabama

About About Q&A Select Matters Publications News Speaking Engagements Credentials About Adam Adam Israel focuses on complex business litigation, primarily in the areas of business torts and unfair competition and banking and financial services. A substantial portion of Adam’s practice is devoted to representing businesses and individuals in non-compete, non-solicitation, and theft of trade secrets cases in trial and appellate courts. Adam is also regularly involved in complex litigation on behalf of highly-regulated businesses. For example, Adam has represented financial institutions in individual and class actions regarding, among other things, debit card processing and overdraft practices. Adam also regularly represents nuclear utilities in ongoing litigation against the federal government arising from the Department of Energy’s delay in disposing of the nation’s commercial spent nuclear fuel. As an active member and subcommittee chair of the Alabama Law Institute committee that revised Alabama’s statute governing business restrictive covenants, Adam developed an expertise in the evolving body of law regarding the enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Adam is a co-editor of the Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor. Launch Blogs Q&A Expand All Collapse All What types of clients do you represent? In the area of business torts and unfair competition, I represent both businesses and individuals. I also represent highly regulated entities, like utilities and financial institutions, in complex state and federal litigation. Which courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients? In the business torts and unfair competition context, I am most often in state trial and appellate courts around the southeast. Much of my practice on behalf of highly regulated businesses, however, is in federal court. I represent nuclear utilities in spent nuclear fuel lawsuits in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice? Prior to joining Balch, I clerked for Senior United States District Judge William M. Acker, Jr. The time I spent clerking for Judge Acker has proven invaluable to my practice. It not only helped me to hone my legal research and writing skills, but it also gave me insight into the judicial decision-making process. How are you involved in your community? As a freshman at Birmingham-Southern College, I fell in love with Birmingham’s rich history and vibrant culture. I stay in tune with the issues facing Birmingham and those who are making a difference here through my involvement in the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and the Birmingham-Southern College Alumni Association. I am also an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Select Matters Breach of Non-Solicitation Agreement: Defended departing insurance brokers in preliminary injunction action and subsequent appeal by former employer where former employer alleged that brokers impermissibly solicited former employer’s insurance clients and disclosed former employer’s confidential financial data in violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions in brokers’ employment contracts.(2014–present). Breach of Non-Compete Agreement: Successfully represented Alabama-based beverage company in Florida lawsuit against Florida-based former employee for breach of non-compete agreement in employment contract. (2014–2015). Theft of Trade Secrets: Defended departing employees and independent contractor against claims by materials management software developer that departing employees and independent contractor misappropriated software developer’s trade secrets by developing construction work packaging software that software developer claimed competed with product it was developing based on work provided by independent contractor. (2016). Tortious Interference With Business Relations: Defended commercial printing company against claim by competing printing company alleging tortious interference with business relations where print company accepted work brokered by competitor’s former employee, who had signed non-compete agreement. (2014–present). Spent Nuclear Fuel Litigation: Represented multiple nuclear utilities in trials in connection with numerous multi-million dollar damages claims against the federal government arising from the Department of Energy’s obligation to dispose of the nation’s commercial spent nuclear fuel. (Ongoing). Overdraft Class Actions: Represented Arkansas-based regional bank in class action where plaintiff alleged that bank posted transactions to customer checking accounts in a way that maximizes overdraft and insufficient funds fees. (2015–present). Shareholder Derivative Action: Defended former directors of financial services firm against shareholder derivative claims alleging that former directors breached their fiduciary duty by failing to prevent waste of corporate assets by firm’s former chairman and CEO. (2015). Alabama Securities Act: Defended clearing broker/dealer in jury trial and subsequent appeal related to claims of control person liability under the Alabama Securities Act where clearing broker/dealer cleared transactions for initiating broker/dealer that sold unregistered promissory notes that were not cleared by clearing broker/dealer. (2012–2014). Appeal of Clean Water Act Permit: Argued before Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of intervening surface coal mining companies in environmental groups’ appeal of the denial of their Administrative Procedure Act challenge to Army Corps of Engineers’ issuance of nationwide Clean Water Act permit. (2014). Publications View More News View More Speaking Engagements View More Credentials Education The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude; Senior Articles Editor, Alabama Law Review; John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; Chief Justice, Student Honor Court; Hugo L. Black Scholar; Order of the Samaritan Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., Political Science, 2006, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Mortar Board; Distinction in Leadership Studies Courts U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2011 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2010 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2011 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2011 U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2017 U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2017 U.S. Supreme Court, 2019 U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit , 2019 Bar Admissions Alabama, 2009 Professional Affiliations Birmingham Bar Association:Young Lawyers Section, Future Leaders Forum Committee, Grievance Committee American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section; Litigation Section, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Journal Editor Defense Research Institute Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Birmingham Inns of Court Awards & Accolades The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star Lawyer, 2016 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2015 - present National Multiple Sclerosis Society Birmingham MS Leadership Class, 2014 B-Metro Magazine Rising Star in the Legal Profession, 2014 Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum, 2013 Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2017 - present Community Involvement Bell Center for Early Childhood Intervention, Junior Board Birmingham-Southern College, Young Alumni Advisory Council , Chair 2014 – 2016, Alumni Executive Board Member, 2014 – 2016 Rotaract Club of Birmingham Trinity United Methodist Church Clerkships U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Honorable William M. Acker, Jr., 2009 - 2010

Experience

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  • Partner
    Jan 2017 ∼ Present 5 years
  • Attorney
    Oct 2016 ∼ Jan 2017 3 months
  • Associate
    Nov 2015* ∼ Oct 2016 11 months
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