Adam K. Mortara

Adam K. Mortara

Partner and Lecturer

Adam Mortara graduated from the University of Chicago in 1996 with a B.Sc. in chemistry. He then attended Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he received a masters degree in astrophysics on a British Marshall Scholarship.

Mr. Mortara graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with highest honors in 2001.  Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. After his clerkships, he was a Temple Bar Scholar of the American Inns of Court.

From 2003 to 2020, Mr. Mortara was with Bartlit Beck LLP where he tried high stakes intellectual property cases and, more notably, Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard. He retired from Bartlit Beck and founded Lawfair LLC, a civil and voting rights firm. He has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School since 2007, where he teaches Federal Habeas Corpus, Federal Jurisdiction, Criminal Procedure, and Writing for the Judiciary.


  • University of Chicago, 2001, J.D., with Highest Honors
  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, 1998, M.A., Astrophysics
  • University of Chicago, 1996, Sc.B., Chemistry, General and Special Honors


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