Adam Pelzman '92


Adam Pelzman by Julio Gamboa

Photo by Julio Gamboa Drawn to Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and other great Russian novelists, Adam studied Russian literature at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to UCLA School of Law as part of the Class of 1992. At UCLA, Adam delved into the equally complex world of securities law, including an externship with the SEC in Washington, D.C. As important, Adam forged friendships at UCLA that he enjoys to this day, including those born of the “fellowship of shared anxiety.”

Adam returned to the east coast after law school, joining a corporate transactions practice at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in New York City. He then began developing his entrepreneurial side in earnest. After working with a private equity group at Marsh & McLennan, Adam founded M31 Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund focused on financial services technologies. He next combined his business experience and his legal training to launch Pelzman & Company, which conducted corporate investigations for a wide range of clients in law, finance, and technology. Currently, Adam is Managing Director of CAI Managers & Co., a private equity fund in New York City, where he invests in businesses throughout North America. This fall, Adam will be a guest lecturer in the UCLA Department of Economics, where he will be speaking on private equity.

Adam has also continued to cultivate his roots in literature and has written extensively since law school. His most recent novel, Troika, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House (Amy Einhorn Books). Troika brings together three characters from Siberia, Cuba, and New York City and examines their bold choices about life and love in the face of trauma. Adam sees Troika as an effort to examine how people can come to feel “stuck” in their circumstances and how we must often look in the most unlikely places to create real freedom, security, and happiness. For more information on Adam’s writing, go to