Adam C. Sloane has extensive experience briefing products liability and administrative law appeals in federal and state courts. He has a strong focus on federal motor vehicle and freight railroad regulation, judicial review of agency actions, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and a broad range of products liability issues. Adam is a member of Mayer Brown's Regulated Industries Group, representing and counseling clients in matters before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Surface Transportation Board (STB).  He has participated extensively in STB adjudications and rulemaking, as well as arbitrations involving rail regulatory issues.  

A substantial portion of Adam’s administrative practice involves the FOIA. In that regard he assists clients in protecting confidential information submitted to federal agencies and in obtaining information through the FOIA. He has litigated a number of FOIA cases, representing submitters of information seeking to prevent the disclosure of information they submitted to NHTSA, representing an intervenor in support of NHTSA in a case challenging NHTSA's FOIA regulations, and serving as lead counsel in both district court and the court of appeals in a case brought by Mayer Brown to obtain records withheld by the Internal Revenue Service.

Adam joined Mayer Brown in 1992 after serving as a law clerk to The Honorable Bruce Selya, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Spoken Languages

  • English


  • Center for Auto Safety v. NHTSA, 244 F.3d 144 (D.C. Cir. 2001).  As co-counsel, represented eight vehicle manufacturers in an important FOIA case dealing with the protection of information voluntarily submitted to a Federal agency.
  • Public Citizen, Inc. v. NHTSA.  As co-counsel, represented the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. in successfully arguing against the petitioners' standing to challenge an NHTSA safety regulation.
  • Congressional hearings on steroids in baseball (2005).  As co-counsel, represented several baseball players who testified at hearings conducted by the House Committee on Government Reform.
  • Pro Bono Engagements.  Provides research for the annual reports on crimes against homeless persons issued by the National Coalition for the Homeless, and provides ongoing research assistance and legal analysis to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.


Haverford College, BA, with honors

Princeton University, MA

The University of Michigan Law School, JD, magna cum laude
Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Journal;Order of the Coif; Daniel H. Grady Award for graduating first in class


  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania