Adam T. Nyhan, Esq.

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Admissions

Admitted in Maine and New York

Education

The George Washington University Law School
J.D.

Contact

123 Free Street, Suite 200
Portland, Maine 04101
207-808-9292
adam@opticliff.com

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 large multi-national law firm, representing Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller firms, before returning to his home state of Maine. His clients have included software developers/licensors, video game developers, banks, credit card networks, real estate firms, pharmaceutical companies 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 trenches, both as co-founder of a Los Angeles SaaS startup and as a product manager and in-house attorney at a New York City startup. In startups, he has done everything from wireframing and managing offshore dev teams to writing marketing copy, 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 New York and Maine.

What Adam does when he’s not working

Adam is a history buff who at any given time is halfway through about fourteen books. Current favorites: Malcom X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcom X and David Howarth, 1066: The Year of the Conquest.

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 Coastal Enterprises Inc., Black Artists Forum, SCORE and other 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.