Experience and About

J.D., Stanford Law, 1999; B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1994.

Licensed in California, Washington, D.C., and Maine.

Adam Wilson practiced for almost a decade at leading international law firms based in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles (e.g., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher) preparing federal civil litigation for trial, appeals, ADR, and settlement (antitrust, intellectual property, and complex litigation). He has subsequently served as the mediator in approximately 200 business and financial disputes.

He clerked for two years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, where he was asked to clerk a second year based on his year one performance.

In the above positions he was repeatedly tasked with brainstorming, building, and writing persuasive legal arguments in some of the most difficult areas of federal practice. His training and experience as a federal practice generalist and federal courts writing specialist — the outside legal generalist-specialist — gives him a combination of analytical rigor, intellectual creativity, factual and legal accuracy, and efficiency with respect to preparing high-level written work product for federal district courts and courts of appeals.

Wilson now lives and works nationwide from Portland, Maine. He is admitted to practice law in California (1999), Washington, D.C. (2001), and Maine (2009).

Education: J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999. Stanford Law Review. Moot Court. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994.

In 2014, Wilson began creating text-based conceptual art at night. By mid-2017, the art was increasingly successful, prompting him to end his full-time practice of law. He maintains this part-time legal writing practice because he deeply enjoys the intellectual exercise of producing top-level written advocacy.

This writing practice allows his art to remain independent. It also allows him to serve emerging artists and creatives as an art lawyer in support of the arts.

As for the art itself, private and corporate collectors in the U.S. and abroad now acquire his text-based post-conceptual oil paintings, installations, and drawings in price ranges of 4 to 5 figures for originals and limited edition signed prints. He has shown his paintings and installations in New York City and London four times since 2017 by either jury selection or by invitation. His portfolio is here and his page for collectors is here.



J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999, Moot Court, Stanford Law Review.

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994.

Appeals, Briefs, and Motions Experience

  • Two-year judicial clerkship, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Reviewed over 200 merits and amicus briefs; drafted over 100 working opinions and bench memoranda (e.g., federal jurisdiction, federal appellate procedure, federal evidence, standards of review);

  • Seven years at leading U.S. law firms. Researched and drafted federal appellate merits and amicus briefs, dispositive motions, and post-trial motions in four federal appellate courts and numerous federal district courts; about 20 appeals, briefs, and motions in total. Mentored by Supreme Court and federal appellate court specialists.

Federal Litigation Experience

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, San Francisco Office, 2006-2009

  • Associate Attorney – Antitrust, Litigation, and Appellate Sections

  • Federal complex commercial and antitrust litigation relating to civil price-fixing investigations initiated by USDOJ and international antitrust regulators. Federal motions.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, 2004-2006

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen for two years.

Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C. Office, 2000-2004

  • Associate Attorney – Antitrust, Litigation, and Appellate Sections

  • Federal civil commercial and antitrust litigation. Federal appeals and amicus briefs. Federal motions.

Mediation Experience

State of Maine Judicial Branch and Maine Office of the Attorney General, 2009-2013

  • Mediated about 200 small commercial lawsuits and disputes between parties as a part-time neutral while also the full-time stay-at-home parent for my two children.


Maine (2009), Washington, D.C. (2001), and California (1999).