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Mark S. Adams focuses his practice on business litigation, including, contracts, products liability, corporate and partnership disputes, and hospitality litigation. He regularly litigates high-stakes shareholder and investment disputes.  He has significant litigation experience in representing real estate developers and real estate investors.  On behalf of hotel and resort owners, Mark has successfully litigated the termination of many long-term, no-cut, hotel management agreements and franchise agreements, fiduciary duty issues, investor-owner disputes, TOT assessments, and more. 

Mark has wide-ranging trial experience in commercial disputes, including complex multi-party litigation and class actions. He has tried numerous cases in state courts, federal courts, and in domestic and international arbitrations, and is a frequent author and speaker on trial practice. Mark's trial wins have been covered by Forbes, Reuters, Life Science Weekly and other publications. He has obtained two of California's annual 50 largest jury verdicts in the same year. Mark has taken or defended nearly 1,000 depositions throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. He has been quoted as an expert on noncompete agreements in the Wall Street Journal.

Mark has lectured in the United States and Europe on strategies in litigation, managing the risks of litigation, eDiscovery, management and retention of eDocuments, and attorney client privilege and work product protection.


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1986

M.B.A., Baylor University, 1983

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1979

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

General Counsel, Orange County Paralegal Association

Member, Orange County Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, State Bar of California

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Volunteer, LIGA International - The Flying Doctors of Mercy

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