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Adam Chaim Belsky

Class action Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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Adam Belsky specializes in intellectual property, antitrust, general business litigation, media law, and class actions. He has extensive experience handling copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation, complex commercial litigation, defamation, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination, and other constitutional and civil rights cases.  He represents Burning Man on a variety of matters, and joyfully attends the event.  He has an active practice representing foreign countries in litigation in the United States, including on behalf of Cuba, South Africa, and Bolivia.  He also has substantial appellate experience in both federal and state court.


Adam is active in pro bono work, representing the “found-sound” artists Negativland in a contractual and intellectual property dispute with their record company, obtaining a successful settlement in which Negativland regained the rights to a number of their recordings. He has represented a class of migrant farmworkers in California who were charged excessive rents at state-run farmworker housing centers, negotiating a settlement entitling the farmworkers to a 100% refund of the overcharge plus interest.  He has also represented Muslim prison inmates in a successful appeal of their civil rights action for discrimination and violation of their free exercise of religion.


Adam received his A.B. degree from Amherst College in 1984, and his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, where he was Note and Comment editor on the California Law Review and graduated in the top one percent of his class. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, from 1989-90. Adam is a member of the California and various federal court bars. He is the co-author of “Implied Waiver Under the FSIA: A Proposed Exception to Immunity for Violations of Peremptory Norms of International Law,” published at 77 Cal. L. Rev. 365 (1989).

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Gross Belsky Alonso, LLP
One Sansome Street
Suite 3670
San Francisco, CA, 94104


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Posted by nigel | November 14, 2014
Done a great job for us
We hired Adam to help us protect our intellectual property when a large corporation started using our video footage for marketing purposes without permission. Over the course of a couple of years, he has successfully negotiated settlements with a number of these companies on our behalf. Top job.
Posted by Susan | June 4, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer
Adam Belsky has represented me as a plaintiff in two consumer class actions. He has also provided legal advice to me on a variety of business matters. He is an exceptional lawyer, and I always feel safe, protected, and confident when Adam is my counsel.
Posted by David | May 27, 2014
Adam Belsky Attorney Review
As the general counsel for a large software company, I have retained Adam Belsky on a number of different matters, ranging from breach of contract, intellectual property, and employment law matters to a large international arbitration. Adam is an outstanding lawyer, who provides the highest level of service. He is a trusted advisor, and when litigation is necessary, he is a tireless and brilliant advocate. I highly recommend Adam.
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Posted by Raymond | May 1, 2014
Fantastic Representation of Client's Complex Interests
Adam is a stellar attorney. He represented our company in complex litigation, intellectual property, government affairs and a variety of other issues. We were well represented and in good hands. He works diligently to resolve all of our legal issues with win-win outcomes. I highly recommend Adam.


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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gross Belsky Alonso LLP
  • 1999 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Shartsis Friese LLP
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Morrison & Foester
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Federal Court Judge Stanley Weigel
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Amherst College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Black Rock City LLC v. Pershing County Board of Commissioners
  • Negotiated resolution protecting first amendment rights, and vindicated validity of agreement before the Ninth Circuit.
  • In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation
  • $310 million settlement
  • In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation
  • $1 billion settlement
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  • State Bar of California
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Services in Migrant Worker Case
  • Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals
  • 2008
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Intellectual property Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Other
"Adam may be the smartest lawyer I know but he is also practical, wise and has a great sense of humor. I endorse him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I owe my donor advised fund to Adam and his partner! What more can I say."
Antitrust and trade law Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Adam Belsky without reservation. Adam is a superlative advocate in antitrust, class actions, complex consumer litigation, Constitutional Law, media & Entertainment, commercial transactions and litigation as well as appellate matters."
San Francisco Class action Lawyer Adam Chaim Belsky
Adam Chaim Belsky
Class action Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 33 years