Adam Smith helps clients sleep soundly by managing their corporate matters, including governance, transactions and cybersecurity. He integrates a background in law, policy and incident response to help clients plan for business success.

Adam gained legal experience as a summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels and Jones Day, where he drafted memoranda on Blue Sky laws, contributed to due diligence reports for initial public offerings and supported white collar and antitrust investigation work. Adam also served as a legal extern analyzing environmental and international sovereignty issues with the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu.

Government Experience

Before his legal career, Adam spent six years working in government and think tank positions in Washington D.C. As the operational planning lead for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Headquarters Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), Adam coordinated the drafting and exercising of three federal plans for cyberattacks, biological incidents and natural disasters. He led collaborative efforts with the Department of Justice, State Department, Fortune 500 companies and local law enforcement to prepare for a coordinated response to physical and cyber threats. Adam served as a member of the interagency Critical Infrastructure Crisis Action Team (CI-CAT) and worked with the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center (NCCIC) to strategize additional planning efforts to secure evolving vulnerabilities.

Prior to joining DHS, Adam worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Mark Meadows and served as the deputy managing editor of the International Journal of Religious Freedom, published by the International Institute for Religious Freedom.

Personal Interests

Adam has run at least one marathon each year since 2014, taking on courses around the United States and Spain.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)




Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. Georgetown Environmental Law Review (online editor) (2018)

Patrick Henry College
B.A. in International Politics and Policy, magna cum laude with high honors (2013)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • We are Family - Data Governance and the Board
    Speaker, Faegre Baker Daniels Privacy and Cybersecurity Summit, November 2019

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-19
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