Adam Diederich is a problem-solver.  He focuses his practice on resolving disputes involving:

  • ownership and control of privately held businesses, including derivative and direct claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, requests to inspect books and records, and breach of shareholder agreements and LLC agreements;
  • restrictive covenants (noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements), trade secrets, and confidential information; and
  • business torts and complex contract claims.

His experience also includes data breach counseling; drafting restrictive covenant agreements; Freedom of Information Act requests; professional liability (malpractice) claims; trust and estate litigation; and animal law.

Adam strives to understand each client’s business to help advance their legal and business interests. He helps his clients solve problems through advice and counseling, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts. He has experience representing plaintiffs and defendants at all stages of litigation, from temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions to summary judgment, arbitration hearings, bench and jury trials, and appeal.

As a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group, Adam is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Before beginning his law career, Adam taught fourth grade as a Teach For America corps member.

  • Experience

    • Examined fact witnesses and cross-examined forensic accountant in successful arbitration concerning assets worth tens of millions of dollars in small business dispute.
    • Front Range Equine Rescue v. Vilsack, 844 F.3d 1230 (10th Cir. 2017). Successfully argued against appeal of order denying opposing party’s request to collect on injunction bond.
    • Deposed former officers and directors of failed bank in connection with investigation for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
    • Deposed lead inventor in Hatch-Waxman patent infringement case.
    • Deposed forensic psychologist in contested bankruptcy proceeding brought to dismiss the bankruptcy based on alleged bankruptcy fraud.
    • Briefed successful appeals in litigation to prevent initiation of commercial horse slaughter for human consumption.
    • Briefed successful motions for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in trade secret and post-employment restrictive covenant cases.
    • Briefed successful motions to dismiss business tort claims on behalf of professional service firm. See, e.g., Abrams v. McGuireWoods LLP, 518 B.R. 491, 504 (N.D. Ind. 2014).
    • Briefed successful application for preliminary relief in state court litigation, resulting in return of dog to client.
    • Defended multiple Chicago-area students in pro bono representations against attempted expulsion, both at expulsion hearings and through negotiated settlements.
  • Credentials


    • University of California - Berkeley - School of Law, J.D., 2011
      California Law Review, Member
      Order of the Coif
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., Political Science and History, 2006, with comprehensive honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association
        • Chicago Bar Association
        • International Association of Privacy Professionals

        Professional Certifications

        • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US)
      • Insights

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Elects Four New Partners

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce the election of four attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Wins $14 Million Verdict for Family-Owned Agricultural Business

        Schiff Hardin LLP prevailed in an eight day jury trial in Travis County, Texas on behalf of client Bunnett & Company, a national distributor of animal feed ingredients.

        News Release

        Adam Diederich Earns 2016 Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award from Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

        Adam will receive the award at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s annual The Power of Voice benefit on October 20, 2016, alongside famed children’s folk singer Ella Jenkins, Lori Lightfoot, and Sidley Austin LLP.

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        Other Publications

        • “A (Broad?) New NJ Encryption Requirement,” Schiff Hardin Insight (Feb. 27, 2015) 
        • “Seventh Circuit Reverses Decision for Reliance on Flawed Expert Testimony,” Expert Witnesses: News & Developments, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (Feb. 18, 2014)
        • “Trial Court’s Duty to Rule on Emergency Motions When Presented,” (co-author) CBA Record (Sep. 2011)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Adam is actively involved in pro bono legal work, including representation of students who face expulsion from school through the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Educational Equity Project, which named him the 2015 Educational Equity Project Advocate of the Year. In 2016, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law presented him with the Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award.


        Adam also has represented clients in divorce, custody, and child support matters through Schiff Hardin's Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Clinic, as well as criminal defendants and individuals seeking post-conviction relief.