Adam Polk

Partner
Biography

Adam Polk’s experience spans all aspects of civil litigation, from initial case investigation and complaint preparation through trial and settlement. Respected among his peers for his leadership, preparation, and client-centered decision-making, Adam’s practice encompasses a range of class action matters, including products liability, consumer finance, securities, antitrust, corporate governance, life science, and sexual abuse.

Adam currently serves as co-lead counsel in In re Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Shareholder Litigation (a securities case alleging Hewlett Packard misled investors when it merged with Computer Science Corporation Inc. to form DXC Technology Company); In re Accellion Data Breach Litigation (litigation following a data breach incident involving the theft of sensitive information in files loaded to Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance system); In re Huntington Bancshares Inc. Shareholder Litigation (alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933); and In re MCG Health Data Security Issue Litigation (centering on alleged exfiltration of personal health information). He also serves on the leadership teams in In re PFA Insurance Marketing Litigation, In re Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation, and In re Philips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level Pap, and Mechanical Ventilator Products Litigation.

Recently, Adam served as a key member of the trial team in In re Pacific Fertility Center Litigation. In a landmark result, the jury awarded approximately $15 million for the loss of four families’ eggs and embryos. A global resolution with the tank manufacturer followed for the dozens of households represented by Girard Sharp.

Adam has taken a leading role in several recent cases that resolved favorably for his clients, including In re Maxar Technologies Inc. Shareholder Litigation (a Securities Act case that resolved for $36.5 million); In re Subaru Battery Drain Litigation (a consumer protection action concerning defective batteries in Subaru vehicles); Bentley v. LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. and Sosenko v. LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. (class actions alleging that LG’s refrigerators are defective and prone to premature failure); In re Nexus 6P Products Liability Litigation and Weeks v. Google LLC (two consumer class actions against Google relating to defective mobile phones, which resolved for a combined $17 million); and In re Sears Holdings Corporation Stockholder and Derivative Litigation ($40 million settlement).

Adam is active in the American Bar Association, where he serves as the current co-chair of the ABA’s National Institute on Class Actions and co-chair of the Virtual Programming Board. He also serves as a leader of the American Association for Justice’s Class Action Litigation Section.

Adam has been recognized as a National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” every year since 2019. Adam was also named to Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” list in 2021 and 2022, and honored in 2022 as a “Rising Star of the Plaintiffs Bar” by the National Law Journal. In 2023 and 2024, he was named one Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Consumer Plaintiff Lawyers.” He has been selected by his peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Rising Star every year since 2013.

  • Externed for Northern District of California Judges Sandra Brown Armstrong and Claudia Wilken

J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

  • Best Oral Advocate Award
  • Best Brief Award
  • Moot Court Team chair

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California

In re Pacific Fertility Center Litigation
Representing individuals and families as interim class counsel and sole liaison counsel in this case alleging that a tank holding plaintiffs’ eggs and embryos failed, compromising the viability of their genetic material.

In re Nexus 6P Products Liability Litigation
Serves as co-lead counsel in this consumer electronic product liability case against Google and Huawei arising out of their allegedly defective Nexus 6P smartphones.

Weeks et al. v. Google, LLC
Serves as co-lead counsel in this smartphone products liability case arising out of Google’s allegedly defective Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

In re Sears Holdings Corporation Stockholder and Derivative Litigation
Represented nominal plaintiff Sears in derivative litigation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty arising out of Sears’s spinoff of several of its real estate assets into a newly formed REIT. Recovered $40 million on behalf of Sears.

Daccache v. Raymond James Financial, Inc. et al. 
Represented investors in the Jay Peak EB-5 immigrant investor program in this case alleging that Raymond James aided and abetted a fraud resulting in more than $350 million in losses. Recovered $150 million on behalf of investors to date.

Booth v. Strategic Retail Trust, Inc., et al.
Represented class of investors in this securities fraud case alleging that a real estate investment company made fraudulent statements in connection with its offering of securities to the public. Recovered $5 million on behalf of investors.

Pending Cases

  • In re Lakeview Loan Servicing Data Breach Litigation
  • In re J&J Investment Litigation
  • Stark, et al. v. Patreon, Inc.
  • A.B. et al v. The Regents of the University of California et al, Central District of California
  • Ide v. British Airways, Southern District of New York
  • Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation, District of New Jersey
  • Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, Northern District of California
  • Named to the Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list (2013-present)
  • Named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2019-2022)
  • Named to Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” (2021, 2022)
  • Winner of the National Law Journal’s Rising Stars of the Plaintiffs Bar (2022)
  • Named to the National Law Journal’s Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers in California (2022)
  • Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Consumer Plaintiff Lawyers (2023)

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
    • Co-chair, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee (2019-2020)
    • Member and newsletter editor, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee
    • Member, Litigation Section
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Public Justice