Adam Merrill

Adjunct Faculty

Adam Merrill has expertise in complex commercial litigation and appeals, corporate investigations and federal criminal defense. He has first-chaired bench and jury trials in the Northern District of Illinois and the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and has argued appeals in the Illinois Appellate Court, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Florida District Court of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Merrill’s litigation and appeals experience includes breach of contract, accountant and legal malpractice (including tax shelters), Delaware corporate governance, antitrust, employment, non-compete and trade secret, bankruptcy and insolvency and defense of federal prosecutions, including mail and wire fraud, health care fraud, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, tax fraud and drug trafficking.

He has represented clients as part of investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Insurance, and has represented clients investigated by and summoned before federal grand juries.

Mr. Merrill was an Associate and Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP (1995-2003), a Partner at Sperling & Slater, LLC (2003-2020), and is the Founding Partner of Watershed Law LLC (2020-present).

He has been involved with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago since 1995, including as a PILI Fellow and as a Private Panel Attorney.

Mr. Merrill studied accounting at Brigham Young University and graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1995, where he was a member of the Law Review and the National Trial Advocacy Team.

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure