Get to Know: Adam Linkner


Attorney Adam Linkner is a member of the Hooper Hathaway litigation team in Ann Arbor. His practice includes an emphasis on complex litigation, commercial torts, construction litigation, trade secret/unfair competition, antitrust/ competition law, and appellate matters. Some recent experience includes: successfully representing client/plaintiff in obtaining $15,100,00 jury verdict in federal action alleging civil RICO, fraud, and breach of contract; successfully obtaining summary dismissal for former employee of a Fortune 500 company alleged to have misappropriated trade secrets, where the plaintiff was seeking in excess of $65,000,000 in damages--all of the plaintiff’s claims were dismissed and received a six-figure award of attorneys’ fees in client’s favor; successfully obtaining summary dismissal for construction company against developer seeking in excess of $1,000,000 for alleged breach of contract and deficient performance--all of plaintiff’s claims were dismissed and received a six-figure judgment for attorneys’ fees in client’s favor.

Linkner previously practiced with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and Varnum in Michigan, and clerked for Hon. Ed Carnes, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

Linkner also co-founded the online advertising companies and, and the promotions company Ubars.

The Ann Arbor resident earned his JD and MBA from Emory University, where he  served as a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal, and was inducted into the business school’s beta gamma sigma honor society. He earned his undergraduate business degree, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan.

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

What would surprise people about your job? Many people I speak to believe lawyers create unnecessary problems. However, I find much of my job is solving problems.

Why did you become a lawyer? I was a member of the mock trial team at Community High School in Ann Arbor. The challenge and excitement of mock trial made me interested in becoming a lawyer. 

What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Consider taking time off before law school—for not only a break but to see what they really enjoy doing. Second, make sure they like (or at least not hate) writing. Many people do not realize how much writing is involved with being a lawyer.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? Graduating ranked first in my class from law school.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?  With a Michigan football coach, so I could learn from Jim Harbaugh, Don Brown, Greg Mattson, and other staff.

What do you do to relax?
Walk around Ann Arbor with my wife, son, and dog.

What other career path might you have chosen?

What would you say to your 16-year-old self? Enjoy the next few years of Michigan football,  there will be some tough times ahead.

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What is your happiest childhood memory? Summers up north at Camp Tanuga, Kalkaska.

What do you wish someone would invent? A way for the snooze button to freeze time to allow for more sleep.

What has been your favorite year so far and why? Tie between 2010 when I married my wife and 2018 with the birth of my son.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Sing.