Jenner & Block

When the stakes are high, and the facts are complex, clients turn to Brian Adesman for solutions that are equal parts creative and aggressive, to get the job done, while giving the client peace of mind that their matters are being handled with the highest level of excellence.  His trial experience spans several practice areas and crosses international borders.  Mr. Adesman has handled numerous matters in several courts throughout the United States at the federal and state level as well as domestic and international arbitrations.  Mr. Adesman has similarly navigated several government investigations involving county district attorneys, state attorneys general, and several federal agencies. 

Additionally, Mr. Adesman has significant litigation experience representing large law firms and individual lawyers in complex and high-stakes professional liability litigation.  He has achieved favorable results for his clients in California state courts, several mediations and arbitrations.  Most recently, Mr. Adesman successfully defeated professional liability claims relating to celebrity licensing and endorsement deals in a case alleging over $100 million in damages in a California state court on summary adjudication. 

In 2019, Mr. Adesman served as second-chair on a trial team that won an international arbitration alleging claims worth over $300 million, following a 5-week international arbitration in Montreal Canada.  Before that, Mr. Adesman served as third-chair on a trial team that won a domestic arbitration that was awarded over $4 million in damages after successfully arguing several different fraud claims, breach of contract, and alter ego.  The award was then subsequently enforced in the Northern District of Illinois.  Additionally, Mr. Adesman routinely argues, and wins, various discovery motions in California state court spanning from motions to compel to motions contesting claims of privilege.  Mr. Adesman also has experience in the transportation sector, having assisted a Japanese train manufacturer navigate a multi-state government investigation relating to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of trains that were never delivered. 

All the while, Mr. Adesman maintains an active pro bono practice representing victims of domestic violence at the trial court and appellate court level.  Mr. Adesman also represents tenants in landlord/tenant unlawful detainer actions in California state court. Mr. Adesman is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and, in 2019, Mr. Adesman was awarded Mentor of the Year by his peers. 

Before working at Jenner & Block, Mr. Adesman received his JD from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, earning certificates in Media & Entertainment Law as well as Business Law.  During law school, he served as president of USC’s Entertainment Law Society and worked for a major film studio’s business and legal affairs department.  Additionally, Mr. Adesman was selected to participate in USC’s Hale Moot Court Honors Program and asked to represent USC in the annual Willem C. Vis East Commercial Arbitration Moot competition, which took place in Hong Kong.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Adesman was inducted into USC’s Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.  Prior to law school, he received his BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Oregon in 2012.