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

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.

Practice Area
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
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U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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U.S. District Court,Eastern District of California
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U.s. District Court, Southern District of California
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (1986)
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Baylor University
MBA (1983)
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.S. (1979)
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California
Member
Current
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Orange County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Federal Bar Association
Member
Current
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Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Shrinking Terms of Hotel Management Agreements
Hotel News Resource, Hotel Online and Hotel Executive
Expert Testimony, a Trial Lawyer’s Checklist
The Trial of a Federal Court Case (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
Employers (and Employees) Beware: Defamatory Statements on the Internet Can Be Actionable in a Court of Law
Orange County Business Journal
The Director’s Friend: The Business Judgment Rule
Orange County Business Journal
Speaking Engagements
Hospitality Asset Managers Association Fall 2013 Meeting
Hospitality Asset Managers Association
Dos and Don’ts of the Testifying Expert , National Association of Document Examiners Conference
National Association of Document Examiners
April 27-29, 2012
Paralegal Ethics: Focus on the Fuzzy Stuff , Orange County Paralegal Association Litigation Section Seminar
Orange County Paralegal Association
Contact & Map
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
3 Park Plaza
#1100
Irvine, CA 92614
Telephone: (949) 623-7230
Fax: (949) 623-7202
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