Adam M. Koss, Attorney at Law
Contact Adam: 925-317-1300
Adam’s practice focuses on the defense of professionals and businesses, from pre-lawsuit negotiations and administrative hearings, through trial or arbitration, and onto appeals. His representation of each client is focused solely on achieving the best outcome for that particular client. After formulating an appropriate litigation plan in conjunction with his clients, Adam works forcefully towards those unique and tailored goals. Based upon his clients' litigation needs, Adam has negotiated numerous pre-litigation confidential resolutions which keep those matters out of the public record, has represented clients in early and cost effective arbitrations, and has had particular success using pre-trial filings such as anti-SLAPP motions and motions for summary judgment. Throughout litigation, Adam keeps an eye on his clients' best interests and is always willing to explore resolution on favorable terms. He does, however, recognize that some cases must be decided by a jury, and has served as trial counsel or in arbitration on numerous occasions.
In many cases even a successful dispositive motion or trial is not the end of the matter. There are also times the trial court just got it wrong. When those needs arise, Adam is experienced in handling matters at the appellate level in both State and Federal Court. His time spent as a law clerk with Justice George W. Nicholson at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District provides insight and a unique perspective on handling appellate matters.
Although he focuses predominantly on professional defense, business litigation and appellate work, Adam also represents clients in a variety of other fields, including commercial leasing and real estate, business formation, governance and dissolution, administrative proceedings, and in products liability, employment law, contract, and general negligence litigation.
Adam is a member of the American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, San Mateo County Bar Association, and Professional Liability Defense Federation. He serves on the steering committees for the Professional Liability and Appellate Advocacy practice groups with the Defense Research Institute and volunteers on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Pro Bono Project. He spends his free time running after his two young daughters, and tries to catch a ball game whenever possible.
- California State Bar, certified as a specialist in Legal Malpractice Law
- All Federal District Courts for the State of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- J.D., with great distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Order of the Coif
- Managing editor of the Pacific McGeorge Global Business and Development Law Journal
- Extern for Justice George W. Nicholson at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
- B.A., Philosophy with an emphasis in ethics and public policy, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Positional Conflicts and Ethical Issues, DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, February 2016
- Don't Panic, It is Only a Fee Petition, DRI Professional Liability Seminar, December 2015
- Strategic Use of Joint Defense Agreements in Litigation, Strafford Publications, July 2015
- How To Avoid Ethical Pitfalls When Doing Pro Bono Work, panelist, Barristers' Annual Meeting at the Bar Association of San Francisco
- Ethical Advice for Solo Practitioners and Doing Pro Bono Work, panelist, Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club CLE, May 2013
- DRI For the Defense - The Pitfalls of Private Money Lending
- DRI Riding the E&O Line - No More Secrets Between Attorney and Joint Clients
- DRI For the Defense - Think Again - Making the Most of Defense Attorneys' Fee Awards
- DRI For the Defense - Mediation Confidentiality: A Vital Weapon in Legal Malpractice Defense
- DRI The Whisper - Courts and Social Media
- DRI The Whisper - Please Jurors, Check Your iPhone With The Bailiff
- Plaintiff Magazine - How to Fail at Mediation Without Really Trying