Adam C. Sturdivant

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Drew, Cooper & Anding
Adam C. Sturdivant
Drew, Cooper & Anding

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Employment Litigation, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 2008

Education: The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

Drew, Cooper & Anding

80 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Visit website


Adam C. Sturdivant is an attorney and partner at Drew Cooper & Anding in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his law degree from the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. After admission to the bar in 2006, he began his law practice in Columbus, Ohio. In 2008, he joined Drew Cooper & Anding and was named the firm's youngest partner in 2011.

Over the course of his practice, Mr. Sturdivant has specialized in litigating complex civil matters in federal and state courts in the areas of civil rights, sexual harassment and abuse, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and employment law resulting in substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. He has litigated mass tort and multi-plaintiff cases that have increased national awareness of institutional and culturally normalized sexual abuse. He represented hundreds of clients in some of the nation’s largest sex abuse cases, including the Nassar related cases against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and the Anderson-related cases against the University of Michigan. 

Mr. Sturdivant has earned recognition from the National Trial Lawyers because of his accomplishments in the legal profession for multiple years, and has also received the NAACP Social Justice Award and the Floyd Skinner Justice GIANT Award, recognizing his commitment to fairness and equality.

Mr. Sturdivant is an active member of his legal community and maintains membership in a variety of professional legal organizations. He is a member of the American, Federal, Grand Rapids, Floyd Skinner, and Ohio State Bar Associations, as well as the Michigan Association for Justice. He also serves as a Trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Rights

First Admitted: 2006, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 attorney, since 2014
  • , Floyd Skinner Justice GIANT Award, Grand Rapids Community College GIANT Awards, 2022
  • , NAACP Social Justice Award , Grand Rapids Chapter of NAACP, 2023
  • 40 under 40 litigation lawyers in the state of Michigan for 2013 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Since 2013 
Educational Background:
  • Grand Valley State University, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Ohio State Bar; Licensed Attorney (80204), 2006
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Denhollander, et al. v. Michigan State University, Lawrence NassarPartnered with Manly, Stewart, Finaldi (Irvine, CA) White Law PLLC (Okemos, MI), and Dalton & Associates (Wilmington, DE), representing 180 plaintiffs who are survivors of sexual abuse by former U.S. Olympic and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar. A settlement was reached with Michigan State University for $500 Million. , 2018
  • The Estate of Jonathan Sper v. Kent County, Michigan A wrongful death lawsuit brought on behalf of the estate of a 30-year-old man who needed mental health assistance, but was instead shot and killed by law enforcement. After extensive discovery and summary judgment briefing, the District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued an opinion denying the shooting deputy qualified immunity. While pending on appeal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the case settled for $975,000.00., 2021
  • Hayes v. Enviro-Clean ServicesWhile assisting a friend with a stalled vehicle, Mr. Hayes, a pedestrian, was struck from behind by a distracted driver and suffered catastrophic injuries including multiple debilitating fractures to his legs and feet amongst other severe injuries. Settlement was reached for $1.25 Million.  , 2022
  • McKinley v. County of Muskegon, et al.During a struggle with deputies at the Muskegon County Jail, Mr. McKinley was handcuffed to a restraint chair, pepper sprayed with no decontamination of the spray residue, had a spit-hood placed over his face, and was left alone for a period of time, during which he asphyxiated and died. The wrongful death police misconduct case was settled prior to trial for $1.55 Million., 2016
  • Mullins v. Pearson Construction Company, et al.While attempting to help a co-worker lay roofing membrane near an uncovered, unprotected 11-foot-by-11-foot opening on the roof of a facility, Mr. Mullins, a military veteran, fell approximately 23 feet from the roof onto a concrete floor suffering serious injury including a life-threatening traumatic brain injury. The case was settled prior to trial for the plaintiff for $4.05 Million., 2014
  • John Doe, et al. v. The University of Michigan, et al.Partnered with Manly Stewart Finaldi, Grewal Law, and Dalton & Associates, representing over 200 claimants who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault by former University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson, the parties reached a global settlement of $490 million for 1,072 survivors., 2022
  • Denhollander, et al. v. USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic Committee, Twistars USA, et al. Partnered with MSF, White Law, and Dalton & Associates, representing 137 claimants who are survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. The case resolved in 2021 following a 2018 bankruptcy filing by USA Gymnastics and several rounds of mediation. Importantly, the settlement provided funding and commitment for extensive non-monetary reforms including a comprehensive restorative justice plain aimed to target athlete safety and wellness. The case resolved for $380 Million., 2021
  • Theresa Waldo v. Consumers Energy 1:06 –cv-00768, 2010 As a journeyman in a male-dominated field, Plaintiff suffered several years of sex/gender-based discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment which went unaddressed by the company. A jury returned a verdict of $7.9 Million for Ms. Waldo’s harassment in the workplace., 2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Federal, Bar Association, Member, 2024
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member, 2024
  • Michigan, Bar Association, Member, 2024

Office location for Adam C. Sturdivant

80 Ottawa Avenue NW
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-454-8300


1 Year Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

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