Practices & Industries


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)


University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)

Pomona College (B.A., 2002)


Adam Rick is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Adam helps institutions prevent, defend, and resolve claims based on alleged malfeasance by their employees. In particular, he helps companies and religious entities respond both compassionately and economically to claims arising from past misconduct.

For clients facing the prospect of multiple lawsuits arising from related events, Adam devises and implements alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. These processes may involve:

  • a protocol for the solicitation and receipt of claims;
  • the evaluation of claims according to specified criteria; and
  • equitable distribution of settlement funds.

As an advocate, 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 the best outcomes often can be achieved through effective 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 University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce 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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