Practices & Industries


  • Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois 


Pomona College (2002)

Franklin Pierce (now University of New Hampshire School of Law), J.D., 2009

  • Editor-in-Chief of the law review
  • Regional finalist in the 2009 National Trial Competition


Adam Rick is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Adam helps institutions prevent and defend against claims based on alleged malfeasance by their employees. In particular, he works with schools and religious entities to implement policies and procedures that reduce the risk of harm to minors.  At Burke Warren, Adam is part of the Litigation and Religious Organizations practice groups.

Adam seeks successful outcomes for his clients both in and out of court.  He has won cases on motion, at trial, and on appeal, but he appreciates that cases can also be won through negotiation. To that end, he has achieved multiple no-liability, walk-away settlements that did not require any payments by his clients. Adam’s most recent courtroom successes have resulted in summary judgment and dismissal of negligent supervision claims.

 Adam graduated first in his class from Franklin Pierce (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) in 2009, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. Also during law school, Adam was a regional finalist in the National Trial Competition.


  • Obtained dismissal and summary judgment of negligent supervision claims based on the statute of limitations and other defenses
  • Won ownership of food process patent following declaratory judgment trial in federal court
  • Obtained no-liability, walk-away settlements for defendants in commercial contract and negligent supervision cases
  • Obtained summary judgment for corporate defendant in tortious interference case relating to petroleum supply contract
  • Obtained summary judgment for quiet title petitioner, to avoid restrictive easement
  • Was part of a team that obtained a $19 million jury award in federal court contract case based on the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)



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