Adam T. Nyhan, Esq.

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Admitted in Maine and New York


The George Washington University Law School


123 Free Street, Suite 200
Portland, Maine 04101

Adam is a business attorney who draws on his own experience as an entrepreneur

Adam represents companies and entrepreneurs in projects that involve software law (SaaS, custom software development, licensing, open-source software, DevOps and IT consulting), privacy, trademark, copyright and general business law. He practiced law for seven years in New York City at a nationally known firm, representing Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller firms before returning to his home state of Maine. His past clients have included global banks, real estate firms, pharmaceutical companies, software developers/licensors, video game developers and military contractors. He has years of experience in commercial litigation and antitrust counseling in addition to business transactional work.

Adam also spent years in the tech startup world, both as a co-founder of a Los Angeles software startup and as a product manager and in-house attorney at a New York tech firm. Wearing his non-legal hat, he has done everything in startups from prototyping and product management to B2B sales and customer onboarding. Before law school, Adam worked on Capitol Hill as an aide to a Member of Congress. He is licensed to practice law in Maine and New York.

What Adam does when he’s not working

Adam is a history buff who at any given time is halfway through books on the Battle of Hastings, Maine history and slavery in the United States.

Adam’s involvement in Maine’s entrepreneurial community

Adam is a volunteer mentor at Top Gun, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs’ accelerator program for growing companies. He was a volunteer committee chair of the Startup Maine conference (formerly Maine Startup & Create Week) in 2016 and the organizer of the Startup South Portland business pitch contest (2017). Adam provides legal counsel to numerous entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship organizations. He frequently holds volunteer workshops for the Women’s Business Center at CEI, New Ventures Maine, SCORE and other nonprofit business-assistance organizations.

Speaking engagements

  • Legal Issues in Design & Website Development,” Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Women’s Business Center, Portland, Maine, September 26, 2018.
  • Protecting Your Business: A Crash Course,” Rising Tide Society, Biddeford, Maine, September 11, 2018.
  • Legal Triage for Early-Stage Startups,” Startup Maine conference, Portland, Maine, July 2018.
  • Contract Law Basics for Small Business,” SCORE Maine, Portland, Maine, June 6, 2018.
  • Legal Issues for Artists: An Overview,” Black Artist Forum, Portland, Maine, April 21, 2018.
  • Contracts & Intellectual Property: What Business Owners Really Need to Know,” Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Women’s Business Center, Portland, Maine, Jan. 30, 2018.
  • Contract Law Basics for Small Business,” New Ventures, Brunswick, Maine, July 20, 2017.”
  • Contract Law Basics for Small Business,” Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Women’s Business Center, Portland, Maine, February 1, 2017.
  • Protecting My Small Business: Customers, Contracts and Advertising Law,” Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Women’s Business Center, Portland, Maine, December 6, 2016.