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Adrian Acosta
Associate

Phone: (248) 851-4111

Fax: (248) 851-0100

As an associate in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation practice, Adrian Acosta employs logic, creativity, and persuasion to deliver results for clients.

To Adrian, the practice of law is both personal and professional. Inspired by his grandfather, a civil servant who was active in his local community, Adrian became interested in the law at an early age, motivating him to earn Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, Adrian lectured on logic theory, first as a teaching assistant at UTEP, and later as an instructor for the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education Opportunity. As a CLEO “Jump Start” instructor, he taught future law students to help them prepare for the LSAT, a position he continued as he pursued his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

In law school, Adrian supplemented his academics with an internship at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, helping farm workers pursue their rights in wage and hour, landlord-tenant, and credit and consumer protection disputes, and as a summer associate for a full-service commercial litigation, real estate, and business transactions firm.

After passing the bar exam, Adrian practiced with a product liability and transportation litigation firm, where he gained valuable experience in catastrophic accident cases, and became well-versed in biomechanics, accident reconstruction, and evidence preservation. In addition to his insurance defense caseload, he also counseled employers in workplace claims, and successfully represented motor carriers and fleet operators in government seizure actions, successfully helping clients recover unlawfully impounded vehicles.

Adrian relocated to Michigan in 2016. Before joining Zausmer, August & Caldwell, he was an associate with a Detroit firm, handling auto negligence, bankruptcy, and employment matters.

Education

  • The University of California, Berkeley School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, 2015
  • Berkeley Law La Raza Organization
  • Junior Jumpstart Lecturer, ABA Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
  • University of Texas at El Paso,
    Master of Arts in Political Science, 2012
  • Dissertation, “Natural Rights & Equality: The Case of Injustice in the Senate”
  • Teaching Assistant
  • University of Texas at El Paso,
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, 2009
  • Joseph M. Ray Award
  • Judge Phillip Martinez Scholarship
  • Liberal Arts Banner Bearer
  • Student Assistant to Dr. Robert Webking

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Young Lawyers Section
  • State Bar of Texas