Adam Horowitz


Personal Info:

Twitter : @adhlawyer800­-400-­1098 [email protected]

Practice Areas:

Sexual Abuse and Sexual AssaultPersonal InjuryNegligent Security

Adam Horowitz is a nationally acclaimed attorney for victims of sexual abuse. He is known among his peers as an aggressive and passionate advocate. Where there is a client that needs justice, no challenge or obstacle is too great. If you seek an attorney to help repair the devastating effects of sexual abuse for you or your family member, you will find in Adam a knowledgeable, zealous advocate who embraces the opportunity to represent his clients with patience and compassion.

Adam has represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors across the United States in lawsuits against entities including large religious institutions, clergy, private and public schools, daycare facilities, doctors, medical practices, youth organizations, Boy Scouts of America, foster care homes, cruise ships, spas and hotels employing massage therapists, apartment complexes, colleges/universities in Title IX lawsuits, and celebrities.

Since 2000, Adam Horowitz has been at the forefront of exposing the Catholic Church’s clergy abuse scandal by litigating dozens of priest molestation cases against Catholic Dioceses throughout the country. His work resulted in countless predators being exposed and “confidential” church documents being made public. Moreover, he achieved victories in critical battles including the statute of limitations and First Amendment in these cases.

In 2009, Adam Horowitz was named South Florida’s Most Effective Lawyer in the category of personal injury by the Daily Business Review for his groundbreaking work in sexual abuse litigation. Adam prevailed at trial in federal court against the United States government on behalf of a young Native American woman who was raped by a U.S. Army recruiter. In that landmark case, Elk v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (2009), Adam established a new precedent for Native Americans by using the “Bad Man Clause” of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 to recover pain and suffering damages for the first time in the Treaty’s 140 year existence.

Adam is no stranger to high-profile legal battles. As an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, Adam has made countless television appearances and has been quoted extensively on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation in media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Los Angeles TimesOrlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, Buffalo News, Jacksonville Times-Union, Newark Star Ledger, and Pueblo Chieftain.

Adam has achieved the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating available for attorneys and demonstrates outstanding achievement, legal ability, and professional ethics. It is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He is also recognized as a Rising Star by South Florida Super Lawyer Magazine and has achieved a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.

Adam is admitted to the Florida Bar (2000); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2001); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2004); U.S. Tax Court (2005); U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2006); U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2009); and U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2009). He has been admitted pro hac vice in many states, including Colorado, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington D.C.

Adam received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2000. During law school, Adam was the articles editor of the University of Miami Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Miami in 1996. He is a native of Lido Beach, New York.


Bar & Court Admissions:

  • Florida
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court


Awards & Honors:

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2010 – Present)
  • Top Rated Lawyer by ALM & Martindale-Hubbell (2010 – Present)
  • Florida Super Lawyer – Rising Stars, Personal Injury (2012 – 2014)
  • Daily Business Review – Most Effective Personal Injury Lawyer, 2009

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • “Ethical Reasons for Pursuing Justice in Clergy Sexual Abuse Case,” Conference of Lambs


  • Seven Avoidable Legal Mistakes Child Protective Services Investigators Make,” Policy & Practice by Yeshiva University Professor Daniel Pollack (2015). Attorney Adam D. Horowtiz, Esq., Florida cited.
  • “Nelson v. McClatchy Newspapers: What Happens When Freedom of the Press Collides with Free Speech?” 54 University of Miami Law Review 359 (2000).

  • “The Constitutionality of the Children’s Internet Protection Act,” 13 St. Thomas University Law Review 425 (2000).

Reported Cases:

  • Malicki v. Doe, 814 So.2d 347 (Fla. 2002) (holding as a matter of first impression that First Amendment does not bar clergy sexual abuse claims against religious institution for negligence)
  • Lavetta Elk v. United States, 70 Fed. Cl. 40 (2009) (granting Native American survivor of sexual abuse right to sue federal government in Court of Federal Claims without awaiting for decision of the Department of the interior)
  • Nielsen v. Archdiocese of Denver, 413 F.Supp.2d 1181 (D.Col. 2006) (allowing dozens of sexual abuse survivors to sue Archdiocese in Colorad state court and rejected Church’s effor to remove case to federal court)
  • Lavetta Elk v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (Fed.Cl. Apr 28, 2009) (landmark ruling awarding pain and suffering damages to Native American sexual abuse victim pursuant to tribe’s treaty for the first time in 140 year history of the treaty)
  • Doe v. Karl G. Faerber, et al., 446 F.Supp.2d 1311 (M.D.Fla. 2006)  (allowing child sex abuse victim to sue spouse of perpetrator under failure to warn theory)
  • Jane Doe v. Florida Int’l University Bd. of Trustees, 464 F.Supp.2d 1259 (S.D.Fla. 2006)
  • John Doe No. 2 v. Kolko, 242 F.R.D. 193 (E.D.N.Y. 2006) (allowing sexual abuse victim to proceed anonymously in federal lawsuit against yeshiva)
  • Joseph v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2008 WL 282163 (D.S.D. 2008)
  • Jane Doe No. 8 v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, 860 F.Supp.2d 1337 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (holding that sexually assaulted cruise ship passenger may hold cruise ship strictly liable under Child Abuse Victims’ Rights Act)
  • Walker v. Three Angels Broadcast Network, Inc., 2012 WL 4088844 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Doe No. 1 v. Knights of Columbus, 930 F.Supp.2d 337 (D. Conn. 2013)
  • Bryson v. Diocese of Camden, 2013 WL 3956360 (D. N.J. 2013) (denying Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss decades-old sexual abuse claim on statute of limitations grounds)
  • Shanahan v. Diocese of Camden, 2014 WL 1217859 (D. N.J. 2014) (denying summary judgment and allowing sexual abuse claim to proceed against Catholic Diocese decades after the abuse)

In The News:

  • Women’s Health Magazine: Women’s Health Investigates Sexual Assault, November Issue 
  • Palm Beach Post: Attorney: Accusers silence finally broken by Trump’s denial of sexual assault, 10/13/2016 
  • My Palm Beach Post: Exclusive: St. Andrew’s kept quiet over student’s molestation report, 8/24/2016
  • Orlando Sentinel: Orlando-area Massage Envy clients complain of abuse, sexual misconduct, 8/9/2016
  • WPBF News: Judge rules guilty verdict in case involving West Boca Massage Envy, 5/10/2016
  • The Tampa Tribune: Victim of Sex Abuse By Principal Sues Tampa Day School, 4/14/2016
  • Tampa Bay Times: Mother of Sexual Abuse Victim Sues Tampa Bay School, Former Principal, 4/13/2016
  • SunSentinel: ‘Life Coach’ accused of having sex with mentally disabled woman he cared for, police say, 3/31/2016
  • CBS Miami: ‘Life Coach’ Charged with Sexual Battery, 3/31/2016
  • WPEC News 12 – Woman Details Shocking Sexual Battery Claims Against Massage Envy Franchise, 5/4/2015
  • Tampa Bay Times – Judge Sentences Ex-Tampa Day School Principal To 10 Years For Sexual Assault, 4/30/ 2015
  • ABC15 Arizona – Florida Woman Claims Sexual Assault at Massage Envy, File Lawsuit; Therapist Fired, 4/29/2015
  • NBC6 Miami – Woman Claims She Was Sexually Abused By Massage Envy Therapist In Boca Raton, 4/29/2015
  • WPTV – Boca Raton Woman Claims Massage Therapist Sexually Assaulted Her, 4/28/2015
  • WPEC – Former Delray Beach Doctor Faces Sexual Battery Charges, 3/18/2015
  • WSVN – Palm Beach Doctor Arrested For Sexual Assault On Patient, 3/18/ 2015
  • WPTV – Manuel Abreu: Delray Beach Doctor Charged With Sexual Battery On A Patient, 3/18/2015
  • Palm Beach Post – Delray Police: Doctor Sexually Battered Patient, 3/18/2015
  • Sun-Sentinel – Delray Police: Doctor Accused of Molesting Patients, 3/18/2015
  • WPBF – Delray Beach Doctor Accused of Inappropriately Touching Patients, 3/18/2015
  • WSVN – Doctor Hit with Sexual Assault Lawsuits Files for Bankruptcy, 2/17/2015
  • NBC6 – Officer Sues Miami-Dade Corrections After Alleged Assault, 10/22/2014
  • USA Today – Fla. Diocese Sued for $5M in Sex Abuse Case, 9/24/2014
  • News-Press – Dioceses of Venice Deals with Another Sex Abuse Suit, 9/23/2014
  • WZVN – Diocese of Venice Hit with $5M Lawsuit, 9/23/2014
  • WINK News – Diocese of Venice Faces $5 Million Law Suit , 9/23/2014
  • WIOD – Man Sues Boy Scouts of America Over Allegations He Was Sexuall Abused As Boy, 9/10/2014
  • ABC Local 10 – Man claims sexual abuse by South FLA. Boy Scout leader, September 10, 2014
  • NBC6 Miami – Boy Scout Leaders Accused of Sexual Abuse: Miami Lawsuit, 9/10/2014
  • Pittsburg Tribune – Marianist Order Focus Of Abuse Probe With Heavy Ties To North Catholic, 9/7/2014
  • News-Press – Victim Tell Story of Sex Abuse by Priest, 8/24/2014
  • WWSB MySunCoast – Venice Diocese To Pay Settlement in Sex Abuse Case, 8/20/2014
  • WGCU National Public Radio – Diocese of Venice Settles Sex Abuse Case in Fort, 8/19/2014
  • WINK CBS – New Documents Reveal Disturbing Details, 8/19/2014
  • Fox – Sex Abuse Claim Settled Against Former Fort Myers Priest, 8/19/2014
  • News-Press – Diocese Settles Lawsuit Over Sex Abuse Claim, 8/19/2014
  • News-Press – Venice Diocese Settles Child Sex Abuse Claim, 8/19/2014
  • WTSP 10 News – Venice Diocese Settles Child Sex Abuse Claim, 8/19/2014
  • News 13 Orlando – Claim Against Orlando Diocese Alleges Sex Abuse By Priest in 1970’s, 8/13/2014
  • WKMG Local 6 – Sex Abuse Suit Filed Against Bishop, 8/13/2014
  • WKMG Local 6 – Sex Abuse, Coverup Lawsuit Filed in Orlando, 8/13/2014
  • WFTV – Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orlando For Alleged Sex Abuse By Priest, 8/13/2014
  • Orlando Sentinel – Orlando Catholic Diocese Sued Again Over Sexual Abuse, 8/13/2014
  • WIOD 610 – Fifth Civil Suit Filed Against Local Doctor
  • Palm Beach Post, Patient Sues Delray Doctor, Claims He Grouped Her, 8/6/2014
  • 7 News WSVN, South Florida Doctor Sued, 7/29/2014
  • WFLX Fox 29, Delray Doctor Being Sued for Sexual Assault, 6/4/2014
  • WBBJ Eyewitness News – Mother of sexual assault victim sue Bemis Church, 5/21/2014
  • Jackson Sun – Sexual abuse law suit filed against Bemis Church, 5/21/2014
  • The New York Times – Woman Assaulted By Priest Settles Suit Against Newark Archdiocese – 4/8/2010
  • NJ.Com – Newark Archdiocese Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed By Florida Woman – 4/8/2010
  • Lakota County Times – $650,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Based on 1868 Pact – 1/12/2010
  • Rapid City Journal – Lawsuit Filed By Oglala Woman Against Federal Government Settlement for $650,000 – 1/7/2010
  • Broward/Palm Beach New Times – Attorney for Epstein Victims: No Contact With Rothstein; Call Epstein Suit Against Rothstein “Disgraceful” – 12/10/2009
  • The Examiner – Discovery Day Care Under Fire in Lawsuits Claiming Sexual Abuse – 9/16/2009
  • Denver Post – Church To Pay $4 Million in Pueblo Case Of Sexual Abuse – 10/31/2008
  • KKTV – Pueblo Diocese Pays Out $4 Million – 10/30/2008
  • The Jerusalem Post – NY Yeshiva Sued Over ‘Sexual Abuse’ – 2/4/2008
  • The Florida Times Union – Dioceses Settle Abuse Claims For $1.5 Million – 9/27/2005