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Elaine Adam focuses her practice on defending automotive manufacturers in product liability and consumer actions. Elaine works extensively defending corporate clients in complex discovery matters and serves as national discovery counsel for a major automobile manufacturer. She has handled all aspects of case management, law and motion and has significant experience in discovery management including, collecting, processing and producing hard copy documents and electronically stored information, as well as handling all aspects of written discovery and discovery motion practice. She is well versed in all aspects of litigation holds and counsels clients on document retention issues.     

Her prior experience includes representing large insurance clients in coverage matters and bad faith litigation. Her analytical abilities and written advocacy skills serve as valuable assets when arguing for case dismissals via summary judgment. She has also handled many appellate matters in her prior insurance practice. 

Elaine has served as General Counsel for Makita U.S.A. and as Managing Attorney for United States Fidelity and Guaranty. She began her career managing All-Terrain Vehicle litigation for the Honda companies. During law school, Elaine served as an extern to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Consumer Protection Division.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • Southwestern Law School - Los Angeles, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Orange County Bar Association

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Ethical Minefield of eDiscovery for Product Manufacturers," Co-Presenter, CA Life Sciences Hot Topics Seminar, April 2019


  • "California Supreme Court Rejects Trial Court's Limitation on Discovery," Client Alert, Co-Author, July 2017
  • "California Supreme Court: Otherwise Privileged Attorney Invoices May Lose Protection Once Litigation is Over," Client Alert, Co-Author, January 2017
  • "The Keys to Success in the Collection Process," Second Article, Bowman and Brooke Discovery Series, Co-Author, 2015
  • "Defensible Litigation Holds: Creating an Effective Litigation Hold Plan," In-House Defense Quarterly, Co-Author, Fall 2015

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • "Defensible Litigation Holds – Tips and Techniques from the Trenches," Client Webinar, May 25, 2015