After earning his law degree from The Ohio State University and practicing in Columbus, Ohio, Adam returned to Michigan and joined Drew, Cooper & Anding in 2008. He was named Partner in 2011.
Adam’s blend of litigation and transactional work concentrates in the areas of labor-employment, catastrophic injuries, and contract matters involving real estate and business transactions. A fierce competitor and strategist, Adam helped achieve multi-million dollar results across his disciplines since joining DCA in cases involving construction site injuries, sexual harassment in the workplace, and wrongful death.
Adam has annually been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star since 2013 and by National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 attorney since 2014.
- Denhollander, et al. v. Michigan State University, Lawrence Nassar, USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic Committee, Twistars USA, et al. – Partnered with Manly, Stewart, Finaldi (Irvine, CA) and White Law PLLC (Okemos, MI), represents 180 plaintiffs who are survivors of sexual abuse by former U.S. Olympic and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar. A historic settlement was reached with Michigan State University for $500 Million. The case has increased national awareness of institutional and culturally normalized abuse and is still pending against the remaining defendants, USAG and the USOC.
- Waldo v. Consumers Energy – As a journeyman in a male-dominated field, Plaintiff suffered several years of sex/gender-based discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment which went unaddressed by the company. A jury returned a verdict of $7.9 Million for Ms. Waldo’s harassment in the workplace.
- Mullins v. Pearson Construction Company, et al. – While attempting to help a co-worker lay roofing membrane near an uncovered, unprotected 11-foot-by-11-foot opening on the roof of a facility, Mr. Mullins, a military veteran, fell approximately 23 feet from the roof onto a concrete floor suffering serious injury including a life-threatening traumatic brain injury. The case was settled prior to trial for the plaintiff for $4.05 Million.
- McKinley v. County of Muskegon, et al. – During a struggle with deputies at the Muskegon County Jail, Mr. McKinley was handcuffed to a restraint chair, pepper sprayed with no decontamination of the spray residue, had a spit-hood placed over his face, and was left alone for a period of time, during which he asphyxiated and died. The wrongful death police misconduct case was settled prior to trial for $1.55 Million.
- Estate of William Griffin v. City of Muskegon, et. al. – While in custody of Muskegon police officers, Mr. Griffin died after being pepper sprayed and denied medical attention. The wrongful death police misconduct case was settled prior to trial for $775,000.00.
- Doe, et al. v. United States Professional Tennis Assoc., Minges Creek Racquet Club, Jason Bettuo, etc. – Confidential settlement for sexual abuse of minors who were sexually abused by their tennis coach.
- Semelbauer v. Muskegon County, – Co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 12 female inmates who faced gender-based harassment and mistreatment by guards while incarcerated. The case resulted in a monetary settlement and policy reforms requiring jail guards to announce themselves before entering housing units of the opposite sex, limiting the entry of male staff and trustees into female housing units (e.g., not during shower times), requiring distribution of feminine hygiene products regularly at the same time as medication, allowing women to request gym access, and, limiting cell lock-downs to 15 hours. More Information
- Sanders, et al. v. City of Benton Harbor, et al. – Confidential settlement for 14 Plaintiffs in a multi-plaintiff lawsuit against the City of Benton Harbor and former Benton Harbor Police officers who falsified evidence and lied during criminal proceedings to secure Plaintiffs’ wrongful arrests and convictions.
- Tarratt-Hill v. Shape Corp. – Confidential settlement for employee who suffered a crush injury to his right arm as a result of the company’s failure to provide proper safety and staffing during repair of a 2000 pound dock-leveler.
- Birru, et al v. Metro Cab of Detroit, et al. – Confidential settlement for 14 cab drivers (of Ethiopian, Jordanian, and Eritrean descent) who experienced discrimination and harassment based on their religion and color/race including unequal pay, unfair assignments of vehicles, scheduled runs resulting in longer work hours for lower pay, and other inequities.
Mr. Sturdivant is a member of the Federal, Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Associations.