Adam Tenenbaum

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After receiving his B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Adam co-founded and served as President and General Counsel of a gourmet food enterprise.  He later transitioned into public service working for various State agencies in Illinois. 

Adam has also served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary for a  global advisory and consulting firm, where he provided legal advice on complex matters in regards to both US and international law. 

After his time in legal practice, Adam entered the world of academics as Director of Legal Professions Advising and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business, Organizations & Society at Franklin & Marshall College where he advised students and alumni about the legal profession and taught courses at the intersect of law and business. Currently, Adam is a Professor and Program Lead of Paralegal Studies at South Puget Sound Community College. 

 

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EDUCATION

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2004

  • Full-time Legal Extern - Hon. Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow (ret.), United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1/2004-5/2004)
  • Worker’s Rights Clinic

B.A., English Literature, Northwestern University, 2001

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

South Puget Sound Community College

Professor & Program Lead - Paralegal, January 2018 – Present

  • Courses Taught: (1) Business Law (live and online), (2) Introduction to Law (live and online), (3) Contracts, (4) Civil, Criminal and Domestic Law (online), (5) Legal Ethics, (6) Interviewing and Investigation (live and online), (7) Real Estate, Property Law, and Estate Planning (online)
  • Program Lead: Direct the Paralegal Program including the development of courses, facilitating adjunct faculty, student advising,overseeing program expansion initiatives, and brought the program into compliance with and continue to maintain American Bar Association (ABA)-approval 
  • Committees: Pathways Mapping & Scheduling (2021 - Present), Paralegal Advisory Board (2018 - Present), Course Review (2018 - 2021), Various Hiring Committees
  • Honors & Awards: SPSCC Foundation Big Impact Award (2019), Most Approachable & Supportive Faculty as voted by SPSCC IGNITE Students (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Franklin & Marshall College

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business, Organizations & Society, July 2016 – December 2017

  • Courses: (1) Law and Entrepreneurship (Fall 2016, Fall 2017); (2) Law, Ethics, and Society (Fall 2017)

Director of Legal Professions Advising, August 2015 – December 2017

  • Advised students and alumni interested in the legal profession through one-on-one counseling and programming/events
  • Club Advisor: John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society, Mock Trial Team, Model U.N.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Swyft, Inc

Member, Board of Directors, March 2021 - Present

  • Advise management on a variety of complex issues related to the operations and growth of the organization

Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc

Chairman, Board of Directors, June 2020 - Present

  • Advise management on a variety of complex issues related to the operations and growth of the organization

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Legal Counsel (part-time), September 2015 – September 2017

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, January 2015 – August 2015

Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, March 2013 – December 2014

Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, November 2010 - February 2013

  • Assisted in all corporate legal functions of an international professional services firm
  • Advised on complex and diverse areas of law including contracts, conflicts of interest, human resources, collections, intellectual property, immigration issues, Safe Harbor, HIPAA, and confidentiality on matters involving both US and international jurisdictions (e.g., UK, Canada, Colombia, Middle East, Russia)
  • Developed & Managed Legal Externship program for law students to work in an in-house legal environment

State of Illinois

Department of Natural Resources - Legal Counsel, June 2010 - October 2010

Department of Children & Family Services - Special Assistant to the General Counsel, April 2008 - May 2010

  • Advised on complex areas of law including contracts, federal and state procurement matters, human resources, FOIA, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, permitting, confidentiality issues, child welfare matters and natural resource issues
  • Drafted administrative rules & Illinois legislation including the Illinois Differential Response law & the Illinois Foster Child Credit Check law
  • Argued on behalf of the State of Illinois in child abuse & neglect cases and natural resource-related disputes

Tenenbaum & Tenenbaum, LLC
Attorney, October 2007 - April 2008

  • General practice of commercial law, including litigation and corporate matters

Solomon’s Gourmet Cookies, LLC
President & General Counsel, September 2003 - October 2007

  • Managed the day-to-day operations of a small business ranging from all matters including sales, marketing, human resources, and production
  • Oversaw all corporate legal functions

Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office

Assistant State’s Attorney, March 2005 - September 2005

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

  • Provided regulatory advisory services to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in relation to the development of the administrative rules for Hydraulic Fracturing legislation (2013)
  • Confidential consulting, generally related to contract issues, on several litigation matters (2011 – 2015)

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • Board Member, Hands on Children's Museum of Olympia (December 2019 - Present)

PRESENTATIONS

  • United States Constitutional Law Primer, Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia (virtual presentation), March 2, 2022
  • The Unheard Outsider, Let's Talk Policies & Politics, Guest Panelist along with Erin Jones and Rayne Pearson, A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center (DEIC) at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), February 22, 2022
  • The Unheard Outsider, Let's Talk Policies & Politics, Guest Panelist along with Rayne Pearson, A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center (DEIC) at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), December 15, 2021
  • Local Election Round-table, St. Martin's University Men's Basket Ball Team, November 2, 2021
  • Voter Suppression & Current Events Round-table, St. Martin's University Men's Basketball Team, October 9, 2020
  • My Vote in America: How Valuable is It?, Democratic Study Group, Panorama, July 9, 2019
  • First Step to Starting your Business, Small Business Development Center, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, May 5, 2017
  • Sole Proprietorship/Partnerships v. LLCs, Women’s Business Center of ASSETS, March 8, 2017 & November 15, 2017
  • Business Law, Learning Circle Course at ASSETS, November 1, 2016
  • Human Resources Management, Guest Lecturer, Franklin & Marshall College, March 23, 2016
  • Can I Get a Witness?” – How to prepare an (Expert) Witness for Testimony, Franklin & Marshall College CLE Program, Drexel University Law School, April 13, 2016

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • 2015 - Pennsylvania (Retired)           
  • 2005 - United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)
  • 2004 – Illinois (Inactive)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Associate Member, Thurston County Bar Association