Adam B. Wolf


Mr. Wolf has developed a national reputation as a leading appellate and civil rights litigator. He successfully argued a case in the United States Supreme Court, Safford Unified School District No. 1 v. Redding, 557 U.S. 364 (2009), that defined the scope of the Fourth Amendment regarding strip searches in public schools. The Court’s opinion in Safford marked the first time in forty years that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who claimed that her school violated her constitutional rights. For his efforts in this case, Mr. Wolf was named Attorney of the Year in California by California Lawyer Magazine.


Mr. Wolf has argued in numerous federal and state courts of appeals, in addition to the United States Supreme Court. He has represented groups and individuals whose constitutional rights have been violated, organizations who seek to vindicate their rights, and governmental entities who were harmed by corporate misconduct.


An established appellate and civil rights litigator, Mr. Wolf has lectured around the country regarding constitutional law and civil rights. He has been quoted in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Mr. Wolf has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, National Public Radio, and the BBC.



University of Michigan Law School
J.D., cum laude
Amherst College
B.A., cum laude, English and Black Studies (double major)


Legal Experience
Wolf Legal, P.C., San Francisco, CA
Founder and Principal


Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP & San Francisco, CA


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA
National Legal Department
Staff Attorney


UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
Lecturer in Law, Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy


Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain & San Francisco, CA
Natural Resources Defense Council
Litigation Fellow


United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit & Memphis, TN
Chambers of the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman
Judicial Law Clerk


The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, TN
Adjunct Professor


United States District Court for the Central District of California, Riverside, CA
Chambers of the Honorable Robert J. Timlin
Judicial Law Clerk


Awards and Service


California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY Award) in 2010

Mary Beth Tinker Award 2009

SSDP Advisory Board 2006-2010

Friends Outside Board of Directors 2006-2008




Anti-Anarchy and Anti-Syndicalism Statutes in American Law, in The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2006)

Fundamentally Flawed: Tradition and Fundamental Rights, 57 U. Miami L. Rev. 101 (2003)

Note: What Money Cannot Buy: A Legislative Response to CRACK, 33 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 173 (2000)

Note: The Adversity of Race and Place: Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence in Illinois v. Wardlow, 5 Mich. J. Race & L. 711 (2000)


Bar Membership


Licensed by the State Bar of California


Federal court admissions


United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California

Adam B Wolf

T: 415-766-3545
San Francisco, CA
T: 415-766-3545
Los Angeles, CA


University of Michigan Law School
Juris Doctor, cum laude
Amherst College
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude

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