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Girard Sharp

Speaker Bio

Adam Polk is a partner at Girard Sharp who takes a client-focused approach to each matter he handles. A devoted advocate, Adam rolls up his sleeves and does whatever it takes to give each of his clients the high-quality representation they deserve. Concentrating his practice on complex consumer, securities, and antitrust class actions, Adam’s experience covers all aspects of civil litigation, from initial case investigation and complaint preparation through settlement or trial.

Adam currently serves as co-lead counsel in: (1) In re Subaru Battery Drain Litigation (an ongoing consumer protection action concerning defective batteries in Subaru vehicles); and (2) In re Maxar Technologies Inc. Shareholder Litigation and In re Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Shareholder Litigation (actions alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933). He also serves as part of the co-lead counsel teams in In re California Gasoline Spot Market Antitrust Litigation (an antitrust class action alleging manipulation of the spot market for gasoline in California); In re Pacific Fertility Center Litigation (a product defect class action related to the alleged failure of an IVF tank holding human eggs and embryos); In re PFA Insurance Marketing Litigation (a consumer protection class action alleging the unfair and deceptive sale of life insurance); and as an executive committee member in In re Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation (a multidistrict litigation centering on allegedly defective breast implants pending in the District of New Jersey).

Recently, Adam served on the lead counsel teams in several cases that resolved favorably for his clients, including 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); and 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). Adam was also instrumental in achieving substantial settlements for his clients in In re Sears Holdings Corporation Stockholder and Derivative Litigation ($40 million settlement) and Daccache v. Raymond James Financial, Inc. ($150 million partial settlement).

Before joining the firm, Adam worked as an associate with a mid-sized regional firm, where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants.

Adam is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Class Action and Derivative Suits committee, where he is a frequent contributor of written and verbal content regarding emerging issues in class action litigation. Recent articles include: Ninth Circuit: Central District of California’s 90-Day Deadline to Move for Class Certification Incompatible with Rule 23, American Bar Association Practice Points, October 2018, Fourth Circuit, No Presumption of Timeliness Where One Class Action Plaintiff Moves to Intervene in Another Class Action Prior to the Opt-Out Deadline, American Bar Association Practice Points, July 2018, California Supreme Court: Unnamed Class Members Must Intervene or Move to Vacate to Gain Right to Appeal Class Settlements, American Bar Association Practice Points, May 2018.

Adam has been selected by his peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Rising Star every year since 2013.