Adam S. Cashman

Adam Cashman’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, business litigation, insider fraud, financial services, and intellectual property litigation.  He has represented Fortune 500 and individual clients in a broad range of matters, including structured finance and derivatives cases, licensing disputes, international insolvency cases, patent and trademark disputes, consumer class actions, trade secret misappropriation, and other commercial matters.  Adam has tried cases in state courts, federal courts, and before private arbitrators. He has also counseled clients in connection with the negotiation of commercial contracts, pre-litigation settlements, and internal investigations.


  • J.D., (cum laude) Georgetown University Law Center (2004)
  • B.A., The Colorado College (1999)

Prior Associations

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Samuel Conti, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • State: California, Massachusetts, District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States 
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of Califonia
  • District of Massachusetts
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Some of Adam's notable matters include:

  • Capital Ventures International v. UBS and Capital Ventures International v. JP Morgan et al. (D. Mass.)Represented investment fund in multiple suits against banks and financial institutions in connection with the banks’ sale of residential mortgage backed securities.  The cases were resolved favorably for Capital Ventures prior to trial.

  • In re Parmalat Securities Litigation – Represented Extraordinary Commissioner of Parmalat S.p.A., the Italian dairy and food products conglomerate, in state and federal actions against the company’s former bankers and auditors to recoup funds wrongfully stolen and wasted by the company’s former insiders.  Obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in pre-suit settlements, while other claims were tried in a five-month jury trial.

  • Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Corp. (N.D. Ca.) – Represented electronics manufacturer Samsung in long running intellectual property dispute with Apple.  Defended against Apple’s claims of design patent infringement and trademark and trade dress claims in two separate jury trials and a third proceeding before the International Trade Commission.  

  • Molecular Analytical Systems, Inc. v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (JAMS) – Defended against eight-figure fraud and contract claims asserted against biotechnology companies Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. and Vermillion, Inc.  Won a finding of no liability on any claim following two-week evidentiary hearing at JAMS.   

  • Banco Espírito Santo, S.A. v Concessionária Do Rodoanel Oeste S.A. (N.Y. App. Div. 2012) – Obtained a finding of no liability and complete dismissal of contract claims worth more than $20 million prior to discovery for Brazilian infrastructure company via early summary judgment unanimously ordered by New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.

  • Merrill Lynch Capital Services v. Usinas Itamarati, S.A. (S.D.N.Y.) – Litigated and tried contract and fraud claims arising out of a complex derivative transaction that unraveled in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis on behalf of Brazilian soy and ethanol producer.