Adam S. Cashman

Adam Cashman’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, business litigation, insider fraud, financial services, and intellectual property litigation. He has represented Fortune 500 and individual clients in a broad range of matters, including structured finance and derivatives cases, licensing disputes, international insolvency cases, patent and trademark disputes, consumer class actions, trade secret misappropriation, and other commercial matters. Adam has tried cases in state courts, federal courts, and before private arbitrators. He has also counseled clients in connection with the negotiation of commercial contracts, pre-litigation settlements, and internal investigations.


  • J.D., (cum laude) Georgetown University Law Center (2004)
  • B.A., The Colorado College (1999)

Prior Associations

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Samuel Conti, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • State: California, Massachusetts, District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of Califonia
  • District of Massachusetts
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals


Adam S. Cashman
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Notable Matters

Some of Adam’s notable representations on behalf of claimants include:

  • In re Parmalat Securities Litigation – Represented Extraordinary Commissioner of Parmalat S.p.A., the Italian dairy and food products conglomerate, in state and federal actions against the company’s former bankers and auditors to recoup funds wrongfully stolen and wasted by the company’s former insiders. Obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in pre-suit settlements, while other claims were tried in a five-month jury trial.
  • Long Beach Airport Hangar Owner LLC v. Environ Architecture, et al. (L.A. Super.) – Lead counsel for an affiliate of the Macquarie Group as owner of real property in connection with claims against design and construction professionals for negligence and contractual breaches stemming from their work on a secure, 35,000 square foot Customs and Border Protection laboratory adjacent to the Long Beach Airport.
  • Capital Ventures International v. UBS and Capital Ventures International v. JP Morgan et al. (D. Mass.) – Represented investment fund in multiple suits against banks and financial institutions in connection with the banks’ sale of residential mortgage backed securities. The cases were resolved favorably for Capital Ventures prior to trial.
  • Orca Newton L.P. v. Patel (AAA) – Lead counsel for Bay Area investment fund in connection with its claims against a defaulting limited partner. Case settled favorably shortly before commencement of evidentiary hearing at AAA.
  • Vigilant Technologies, Inc. v. GPI 360, Inc. (L.A. Super.) – Lead counsel for Vigilant Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of mobile license plate recognition cameras and associated software, in connection with trade secret claims asserted against its former manufacturing partner. Case settled on highly favorable terms on eve of trial
  • White Oak Global Advisors v. Batzer (AAA and Shasta Super.) – Lead counsel for White Oak Global Advisors LLC, an international investment advisor and private credit firm, in connection with its claims arising out of the failed rehabilitation and recertification of a 6.8 megawatt biomass-fueled powerplant located in Anderson, CA. Claims settled on favorable terms prior to evidentiary hearing.

Some of Adam’s notable representations on behalf on defendants include:

  • Heredia v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) in its defense of contract and fraud claims brought by prominent urologist. Obtained summary judgment on all causes of action asserted against Intuitive without formal discovery. 2018 WL 2021914 (May 1, 2018)(Davila, J.)
  • Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Corp. (N.D. Ca.) – Represented electronics manufacturer Samsung in long running intellectual property dispute with Apple. Defended against Apple’s claims of design patent infringement and trademark and trade dress claims in two separate jury trials and a third proceeding before the International Trade Commission.
  • United States v. Webb et al. (E.D.N.Y) — Currently representing Marco Polo Del Nero, the former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol) in connection with his challenge to penalties imposed by FIFA in the wake of charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York against some two dozen individuals stemming from an alleged international RICO conspiracy.
  • Agilent, Inc. v. Twist, Inc. (Santa Clara Super.) – Currently representing former Chief Financial Officer in her defense of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims stemming from her change in employer.
  • Hjelmeset v. Hung et al. (N.D. Cal. Bankr.) – Lead counsel for prominent Bay Area venture capitalist in defense of fiduciary claims stemming from the bankruptcy of international LED lighting company Luxul Technologies, Inc. (USA). Obtained complete defense verdict on all causes of action at summary judgment stage, but prior to fact or expert depositions or other significant discovery.
  • Molecular Analytical Systems, Inc. v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (JAMS) – Defended against eight-figure fraud and contract claims asserted against biotechnology companies Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. and Vermillion, Inc. Won a finding of no liability on any claim following two-week evidentiary hearing at JAMS.
  • Banco Espírito Santo, S.A. v Concessionária Do Rodoanel Oeste S.A. (N.Y. App. Div. 2012) – Obtained a finding of no liability and complete dismissal of contract claims worth more than $20 million prior to discovery for Brazilian infrastructure company via early summary judgment unanimously ordered by New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.
  • Merrill Lynch Capital Services v. Usinas Itamarati, S.A. (S.D.N.Y.) – Litigated and tried contract and fraud claims arising out of a complex derivative transaction that unraveled in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis on behalf of Brazilian soy and ethanol producer.
  • Ramirez v. Guzman Brothers, Inc. (Alameda Super.) – Lead counsel for hospitality company in putative class action. Obtained an order denying class certification following targeted discovery, leading to nuisance value settlement.
  • Farmer Boys v. Farmburger, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Lead counsel for “fast casual” restaurants in their defense of claims for trademark infringement. Obtained highly favorable settlement at summary judgment stage.