Adrian Wager-Zito's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities fraud, and contract actions, as well as class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) mass tort proceedings alleging personal injuries. She has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the U.S., representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Adrian also represents companies and individuals involved in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings conducted by various U.S. governmental agencies.
Adrian recently served as lead trial counsel in FTC v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and was successful in defeating the government's motion seeking a preliminary injunction of the merger of the Hershey Medical Center and the Pinnacle Health System. Adrian also served as trial counsel for Washington Group International (now AECOM), in federal court in New Orleans in mass tort/class action litigation brought by residents alleging damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina. This case, which involved claims of billions of dollars in damages, was tried in the summer of 2012. A complete defense verdict was rendered by the Court in April 2013. In addition, Adrian was involved as trial counsel in Anchor Savings Bank v. United States, a case in which the United States Court of Federal Claims awarded Washington Mutual in excess of $517 million judgment in a breach of contract case arising out of the 1980s savings and loan crisis. This case was affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately settled as the largest verdict obtained in any Winstar case.
Adrian is the Administrative Partner of the Washington Office.
- September 23, 2014
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- The George Washington University (J.D. with honors 1984); State University of New York at Albany (B.A. summa cum laude 1981)
- Maryland, District of Columbia, Maryland Court of Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Third Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland