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 & Assistant Secretary for Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a global advisory and expert consulting firm, where he provided legal advice on complex matters in regards to both US and international law. 

After his tenure at BRG, 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. 




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


South Puget Sound Community College

Professor & Program Lead - Paralegal, January 2018 – Present

  • Courses Taught: (1) Business Law (live and online), (2) Introduction to Law, (3) Contracts, (4) Civil, Criminal and Domestic Law (online), (5) Legal Ethics, (6) Interviewing and Investigation, (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, and overseeing program expansion initiatives  
  • Committees: Course Review & Paralegal Advisory Board
  • Honors & Awards: SPSCC Foundation Big Impact Award (2019), Nominated as Impactful Faculty by an SPSCC IGNITE Student (2019)

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.


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Associate Member, Thurston County Bar Association