Biography

Adam Dawson maintains a diverse civil litigation practice emphasizing construction, real estate, hospitality, and gaming. Adam has over three decades of experience representing all sides of real estate and construction disputes involving hotels, office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, waste treatment facilities, power plants, and airports. Uniquely, his practice combines expertise in both real estate law and construction law. 

In a construction dispute, Adam will understand both the underlying documentation as well as the roles and responsibilities of all the participants. Not many lawyers can say that. In a major project, a dispute often relates to why the work took longer than it should, why the cost was higher than agreed to, or who was responsible for missteps. Adam can review the schedule, specifications, and voluminous records to determine whose responsibility the delay was. Where there were overlapping responsibilities, he can identify a shared delay or problem from a morass of project plans and technical details – for example, an owner who may have changed the project specifications, so the original plan became unworkable. If the answer is there, Adam will find it, and will be able to clearly and convincingly explain it.

He has also represented clients in every conceivable position involving real estate in his career -- both landlords and tenants in complex commercial lease and development agreement disputes; owners, managers and developers in real property disputes, including those involving easements, joint ownership and the partition of jointly owned property. Adam can evaluate lease terms governing whether/how a tenant can make changes to a building, and determine how those terms apply in a subsequent dispute over construction and tenant improvements or rent calculations. He has represented public owners, financial institutions, and private individuals and companies in trials, arbitrations, and mediations relating to real estate.

Three decades of experience have also given Adam exceptionally acute judgment regarding the degree to which to involve the client in the day-to-day operation of a matter. While some clients want information about what’s happening, and others don’t want to be bothered, Adam excels at delivering a balanced compromise. He will provide status reports that communicate “Here’s what’s come up, here are the decisions I’ve made” – keeping clients up to speed, but without burdening them with unnecessary or redundant details. He gives direct advice based on experience and deep thought about what he’d do, asks for approval and answers questions, but does not simply barrage clients with decisions for them to make.

Adam is a potent force in both negotiations and at trial. When possible, he prefers to begin by trying to gather enough information to be able to effectively negotiate early nonjudicial resolutions. In almost all cases, early attempts at resolution through mediation or settlement negotiation make sense. Adam has the ability to communicate with people who are under pressure professionally and his deft touch can often make the difference between a successful negotiation and unnecessary conflict. When it is clear that trial or arbitration is the only way to resolve a dispute, Adam is a highly trained and experienced trial lawyer who, along with being an advocate, is trained and acts as an arbitrator. Step by step, Adam moves to a resolution. His opponents respect his expertise. And his clients trust his judgment.

Adam has lectured and taught classes relating to depositions, litigation strategy and techniques and has written articles relating to ADA compliance, mediation of construction claims and lease interpretation issues.

Distinctions

  • PLC Which Lawyer? in Construction
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Construction Law

Firm Highlights

Publication

Trade Secret Hygiene for Current Employees

Published on  ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP In the first two parts of this series on best practices in protecting trade secrets, we...

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Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition

C.J. Higley was mentioned in the article, "Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition."  According to the article, the Transbay district Parcel F tower would include 165 condos, 189...

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Event

2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Join Erica Villanueva for a discussion on "Coverage Arguments that Work in Court but May Backfire at Mediation" at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Details: In mediation, context is everything. Who are you...

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AB 37: State Tax Deductions for Cannabis Businesses

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New Laws for California Employers in 2020

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a sizable list of new laws governing the workplace in 2020. Employers are, once again, advised to evaluate their workplace rules and practices to insure they keep...

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Event

ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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News

Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say

Insurance Recovery Partner Tyler Gerking commented in  The Wall Street Journal article "Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say." In the article, Tyler said that such direct actions by a nation-state against...

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2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Raymond Sheen will speak at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar session, "Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, Permission? Oh My! Biometric Privacy Coverage Litigation Arriving Soon in Your State." Details: The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act...

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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Farella Braun + Martel’s Jerome Braun Honored With Bill Edlund Award for Professionalism in the Law

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