Adam J. Pabarcus



Adam Pabarcus is a litigator with trial experience focused on commercial property tax appeals. Adam also represents clients in state and federal courts across the country to resolve issues and advance their business goals in trust litigation and business litigation.

Commercial Property Tax Appeals

Adam represents property taxpayers before the Minnesota Tax Court in appeals primarily based on over-valuation and tax exemption. He can handle any type of commercial property, including office buildings and multi-family developments.

Trust Litigation

Adam represents corporate trustees, individual trustees, corporate and charitable foundations, and beneficiaries on a wide range of issues. Adam’s experience includes:

  • Bringing an action on behalf of beneficiaries to remove the trustee for breach of fiduciary duties
  • Defending the validity of a will against attacks that it was the product of insane delusions
  • Defending the beneficiary designation against attacks of mental incapacity
  • Representing corporate trustees during review hearings

Business Litigation

On litigation and trial teams, Adam has represented clients on claims related to:

  • Breach of contract
  • Usurpation of a business opportunity
  • Tortious interference with a contract
  • Consumer product recalls
  • Trade secrets
  • Repurchase of home mortgage loans

Personal Interests

Adam enjoys running, playing squash, the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, Notre Dame football, and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan


Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, 2011-2012


William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review, (executive editor) (2011)

University of Notre Dame
B.A. magna cum laude (2007)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives


  • Co-author, "Vacation of Judgments," Civil Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
  • Author, "Provisional Remedies," Minnesota for Practical Law, Thomson Reuters

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "A Checklist Guide for Successful Appellate Arguments" (October 2018)
    with panelists Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen and Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Louis Bjorkman

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • First-chaired a jury trial in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of a Michigan prisoner on his claims for violations of his civil rights
  • First-chaired trial before the Minnesota Immigration Court on behalf of client seeking asylum because he was tortured by the Ethiopian government for his political beliefs, winning asylum
  • Represent client who fled Syria because he was tortured by the government for his political beliefs at the interview with the asylum officer, winning asylum without having to go through a formal hearing
  • Second-chaired hearing before the Minnesota Immigration Court on behalf of client to cancel her removal from the United States, with the Judge granting relief from the bench and the government waiving appeal at the conclusion of the hearing
  • Represent Minnesota non-profit that had its property tax-exemption status revoked by the County

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society Board Member, 2018-present (Events Committee Co-Chair, 2019-20)
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, 2017-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Law Section and Probate and Trust Law Section, 2017-present
  • Oakland County Bar Association American Inn of Court, 2015-17
  • Federal Bar Association — Eastern District of Michigan Chapter; Pro Bono Prisoner’s Rights Program, 2015-16

Civic Activities

  • Notre Dame Club of Michigan, 2014-17
  • Mercy High School Mock Trial — Coach, 2015 and 2016
  • Mounds Park Academy Alumni Association — Board of Directors, 2007-13 (Chair, 2012-13)
  • Mounds Park Academy — Board of Trustees, 2012-13; Head of School Search Committee, 2012-13


  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — “Twin Cities Finest” Honoree, 2021
  • Best Lawyers®— "Ones to Watch," Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2021-22 
  • Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2015-19
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-19
  • William Mitchell Alumni Association — Distinguished Service Award

Awards Methodology

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