Nicole S. Adams-Hess

408-341-0234
nhess@ahklaw.com
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Nicole S. Adams-Hess, Esq. is a litigation associate representing policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation under a broad spectrum of personal and commercial insurance policies including general liability, directors and officers, employment practices liability, errors and omissions, umbrella and excess, cyber insurance, homeowners, and automobile policies. Ms. Adams-Hess has extensive experience with insurance policy reconstruction, insurance archaeology, and lost policy cases, and has had success in obtaining significant recoveries for policyholders when their insurance policies have been lost or destroyed. Ms. Adams-Hess's practice encompasses all aspects of litigation from drafting motions and trial court pleadings, to resolution through mediation, trial, and appeal. In July 2015, Ms. Adams-Hess, along with her co-counsel, tried a bad faith case to unanimous verdict in the Northern District before the Honorable William H. Alsup. The trial team received a seven-figure bad faith jury verdict against Navigators Specialty Insurance Company for its unreasonable refusal to accept a settlement offer in the underlying action.

Ms. Adams-Hess is currently an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, co-teaching the Insurance Law Course with Randy Hess. Ms. Adams-Hess has published articles and spoken on insurance law issues.

Ms. Adams-Hess is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, and all United States District Courts in California. Ms. Adams-Hess is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Adams-Hess served as the Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Barristers Committee in 2015 and is a graduate of the Barristers Leadership Program.

Ms. Adams-Hess earned her B.A. with Highest Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her J.D. from Santa Clara University, School of Law, Cum Laude. She received a number of distinctions while at Santa Clara Law, including Order of the Coif, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Insurance Law and Land Use Law, Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, and President of Equality | Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara's LGBT student organization, among other achievements.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Insurance Law
Bad Faith Law
Real Estate Litigation

BAR ADMISSIONS

California State Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

EDUCATION

J.D., Cum Laude, Santa Clara University, School of Law
B.A., Highest Honors, University of California Berkeley

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Northern California Rising Stars, Super Lawyers® - Insurance Coverage, 2016

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Santa Clara County Bar Association
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
The National LGBT Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS

Co-author, "Keeping Insurers Honest: Accepting the Reasonable Settlement Offer" with Randy Hess, California Mortgage Association, Points of Interest, Winter 2015.

Co-Author: "The Commercial Insurance Policy's Potential" with Randy Hess, American Association for Justice, Trial, October 2014.

Co-Author: "Running For Cover: Important Insurance Issues for Mortgage Loan Brokers" with Randy Hess, California Mortgage Association, Points of Interest, Summer 2014.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

"Insurance Essentials from A to Z for Litigation and Transactional Attorneys", Santa Clara County Bar Association, December 2016

"Cyberattack! Understanding Risk and Insurance Coverage in the Digital Age", Santa Clara County Bar Association, December 2015.

"What You Don't Know About Health Insurance Can Hurt you", Santa Clara County Bar Association, May 2014.