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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).


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 25%
  2. Class Action: 25%
  3. Libel: 15%
  4. Antitrust: 15%
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Juliet A Davison

    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.


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    I endorse this lawyer. I owe my donor advised fund to Adam and his partner! What more can I say.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Gross Belsky Alonso, LLP

One Sansome Street
Suite 3670
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Services in Migrant Worker CaseCoalition of Concerned Legal Professionals2008
Order of the CoifUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGross Belsky Alonso LLP1999 - Present
Of CounselShartsis Friese LLP1994 - 1999
AssociateMorrison & Foester1990 - 1994
Judicial Law ClerkFederal Court Judge Stanley Weigel1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation$310 million settlement
In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation$1 billion settlement
Black Rock City LLC v. Pershing County Board of CommissionersNegotiated resolution protecting first amendment rights, and vindicated validity of agreement before the Ninth Circuit.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Amherst CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1984