Jeffrey M. Adelson

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General Counsel and Managing Partner, National Practice Group


  • University of Southern California, Law Center, Advanced Legal Education Courses
  • California Community College Instructor Credential, 1982
  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA
    Juris Doctor, 1976
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA
    Bachelor of Arts, History, 1973


Mr. Adelson is the firm's General Counsel and Managing Partner of the National Practice Group. He has practiced in the field of Workers' Compensation for over 30 years.
Prior to joining Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, Mr. Adelson spent sixteen years at Zonni, Ginocchio & Taylor where he was the Managing Partner of the Santa Ana office, as well as the firm's civil department. In addition, Mr. Adelson's legal career includes experience in the areas of civil, family and criminal law.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1973, and received his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California in 1976. Mr. Adelson has also completed numerous courses in Advanced Legal Education at the University of Southern California Law Center. In addition, he has completed multiple courses in orthopedic medicine, psychiatric medicine, and human anatomy.

Mr. Adelson has served as a Judge Pro Tem. Additionally, he has been a workers' compensation instructor at several colleges in Southern California. He has also lectured extensively regarding workers' compensation, employment, and subrogation issues to physician, employer, insurer, and labor groups. Some of his lectures may be heard through an audio series entitled, "Legal Management Resources", and the video lecture entitled, "Meeting at the Crossroads".

Mr. Adelson has also authored articles in the Orange County Business Journal, and Workers' Compensation Enquirer. In addition, he has been interviewed and subsequently quoted in numerous publications. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on issues of workers' compensation and employment law and in Business Insurance regarding the lack of oversight for drug compounding in a recent outbreak of meningitis. In March 2013, Mr. Adelson was interviewed for Property Casualty 360 Magazine where he discussed current trends in workers’ compensation focusing on 3 perspectives; pricing, claims and risk selection. He was also quoted by Risk & Insurance on June 13, 2014 in an online article examining recent court rulings on positive drug test results and workers’ compensation claims. As a result of his participation in a panel discussion at the 2015 Risk Management Summit in New York titled, “The Mobile Workforce Puts New Twist on Employer Risks," Mr. Adelson was quoted in The Workers’ Comp News Executive Digest and in Tire Business Magazine. In April 2016, Mr. Adelson was extensively quoted in an article in the Forum section of CLM's Workers' Compensation Magazine titled, "Why Do Workers' Compensation Claims Cost So Much?." In July of 2016, Mr. Adelson was quoted when commenting on the Pokemon Craze in two different publications, the Society For Human Resource Management titled, "The 'Pokemon Go' Craze: How Should Workplaces Respond?." and Business Insurance titled, "Pokemon Go Distractions Can Cause All Kinds of Havoc."  In December of 2016, Business Insurance magazine interviewed Mr. Adelson and he was quoted in two different articles. The first titled, "Who pays to heal mental injuries of first responders?" and, the second, "Medical pot wave raises comp concerns." In January of 2017, Mr. Adelson was interviewed by NBC News and subsequently quoted in an article titled, "New Law Could Let French Workers Ignore After-Hours Email." Mr.Adelson was quoted in an article from the February 2017 issue of Business Insurance titled, "Medical marijuana comp payments rolling in." Also, in February of 2017, as a result of an interview on legal issues in workers’ compensation, Mr. Adelson was quoted in Tack’n Togs, a leading source of news and information for equine retailers. Mr. Adelson was quoted in a July 2017 Business Insurance artcle titled, "comp cover for medical marijuana dispensaries in question." Later in July 2017, Mr. Adelson was interviewed and subsequently quoted in a Law360 article titled, "The Best Law Firms For Female Partners." ATB ranked #1 in smaller firms and was one of only two firms to report having 50 percent or more female equity partners. In the Fall issue of the CLM Workers' Compensation Magazine, Mr. Adelson was quoted in an article titled, “Get Well Wishes Work.” In February of 2018, Louise Esola from Business Insurance, interviewed Mr. Adelson for an article titled, "Comp Rules Vary for Traveling Workers." The piece has various experts weighing in on employers needing to know the rules of their states and making it clear to employees the risks of getting injured while traveling. Also in February of 2018, Mr. Adelson was interviewed and quoted in a Business Insurance article by Joyce Famakinwa titled, "Employers Urged to Mitigate Workplace Bullying Risks." In January 2019, Mr. Adelson was extensively quoted in the online publication, Business Insider, in an article titled, "Can a Boss Fire An Employee On the Spot?"

Mr. Adelson has been a member of various professional organizations including, the Joint Orange County Workers' Compensation Carriers and Defense Association, the Workers' Compensation Defense Association, the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, the Southern California Defense Counsel Association and the Claims Litigation Management Alliance. He also volunteers as a mentor for first year students at Chapman University School of Law. Mr. Adelson is also a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, a community of compliance professionals that defines and shapes the corporate environment across a wide range of industries and around the world. In addition he is an active member of the Sports Lawyer Association and, in 2014, he became a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA).

Over the years, Mr. Adelson has been the recipient of several honors. In both 2012 and 2016, Mr. Adelson received the prestigious designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) from the CLM's Litigation Management Institute. He was also nominated and accepted as a member of The Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation. In January of 2014, Mr. Adelson was honored by The Legal Network – 2014 as one of California’s Top Lawyers, exhibiting the highest in ethical standards and professional excellence. In the Who's Who 2017 publication  Mr. Adelson was named a Top Attorney of North America.

On May 13, 2013, Mr. Adelson was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In addition, on January 9, 2015, Mr. Adelson was sworn in and admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar. Most recently, on February, 8, 2019, Mr. Adelson was sworn in and admitted to practice law in the state of Iowa.


~ "California Labor Code Section 132a: Go Big or Call Your E & O Carrier in the Morning", California Lawyers Association -  Workers' Compensation Quarterly, August 2018

~ "Diversity Push By California-Based Firms Is Paying Off", 2015 Law360 Minority Report, May 2015

~ "Mobile Workforce Puts New Twists on Employer Risks", Business Insurance, March 2015

~ "Meningitis Outbreak Adds to Comp Worry", Business Insurance, October, 2012

~ Workers' Compensation, Orange County Business Journal

~ Structured Settlements in Workers' Compensation, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, 
Workers' Compensation Newsletter, 1996

~ Homeowner's Insurance-The SIU Perspective, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, Workers' Compensation Newsletter, 1995

~ Layoffs, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, Workers' Compensation Newsletter,1995

Legal Update, Zonni, Ginocchio & Taylor,1993

~ Subrogation, Workers' Compensation Enquirer, August 1985

Public Speaking:

~ Speaker at DRI's Workers' Compensation West Coast Seminar, October 9, 2018 on the topic "Ready to challenge the way 
   you currently defend workers' comp claims?" 
~ Speaker at the 2018 WCI Educational Conference, August 21, 2018 on the topic "Diversity and Inclusion -- Objective
   Examples of Meaningful Inclusion" 
~ Speaker at the 2018 Manpower Group-Gallagher Bassett Conference, June 13, 2018 on the topic "Emotional Intelligence
   & Empathy In Claims Handling"

 ~ Speaker at CA-SIG Spring Forum, May 9, 2018 on "Protecting Your Employees Against the Hidden Threat of Workplace Bullying"

~ Speaker at the 2018 CLM & Business Insurance Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Conference, February 8, 2018 on
    "Banishing the Bullying: Confronting the Hidden Threat of Workplace Bullying in the Hospitality Section"
~ Speaker at the Business Insurance Diversity & Inclusion Institute Conference, September 18, 2017    
   on "Change Champions: How Inclusive Culture Imporves Customer Experience"
~ Speaker at the 2017 CLM Claims College, September 6, 2017 on "Occupational Disease"    
~ Speaker at the SEAK Annual Conference, July 19, 2017 on "Use and Abuse of Diagnostic Testing: Medical Cost
~ Speaker at the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Workers' Comp Conference, May 24, 2017 in Chicago, IL on                   
   "Emotional Intelligence in the Workers' Compensation System"
~ Speaker at the 2017 CLM Annual Conference, April 30, 2017 in Nashville, TN on "Invisible Obstacles-The Role Mental   
   Health Plays in Recovery from Injury and Return to Work"

~ Speaker at the Delta-Sedgwick Leadership Conference, October 12-13, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN

~ Speaker at the CLM Claims College-School of Workers' Compensation, September 7-10 in Baltimore, MD
~ Speaker for the California State Bar, July 16th and 23rd, 2016 on "Advanced Techniques for Litigating 132(a) and   
   Serious & Willful Claims"
~ Presentation for WorkCompCentral on “Ethics and Good Faith Claim Handling". March 2016
~ Speaker at the Business Insurance Risk Management Summit, March 2015. “Virtual Offices, Real Exposures”
~ Presentation on Legal Ethics for Sedgwick CMS, June 2014
~ Presentation for the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association at the 9th Circuit Spring Meeting on "The       
   Fundamental Skills of Being a Lawyer", March 2014
~ Presentation on Ethics and Good Faith Claims Handling for Sedgwick CMS, September 2013
~ Speaker at the National Workers' Compensation Judiciary College at the Orlando Workers' Compensation Conference,
~ Presentation for the California Workers' Compensation and Risk Conference on “As Your Employees Go Mobile
   Your Risk Increases", September 2012
~ Presentation for the Los Angeles Claims Advisory Board on “The Purpose Driven Claims Review”
~ Presentation for Risk Management for Jet Blue on Workers' Compensation strategies
~ Presentation given before the California Association of Neurological Surgeons at  their annual meeting on the subject of
   "Substantial Evidence and Ethics for Physicians in the California Workers' Compensation System". 2010
~ Speaker, California Workers'    Compensation Forum, 2009
~ "Hidden Costs of Workers' Compensation", Wells Fargo Insurance Services - San Diego
~ "Hidden Costs of Workers' Compensation," Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
~ "Substantial Evidence in California WC psychiatric claims", California Applicants Attorney Convention.

~ University of California, Irvine, Workers' Compensation

~ Various Physician Groups, Workers' Compensation

~ Pension/Labor Groups, Workers' Compensation

~ Chiquita, ADA, EEOC, Sexual Harrassment, Reduction in Force and Fraud

~ Kemper National Insurance Companies, Structured Settlements

~ Anderson & Anderson Insurance Brokers, Reduction in Force Issues

~ Corvel, Medical Control

~ Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, Homeowners, Policies and the SIU Perspective

~ CNA, Brea, Training for Hearing Representatives Regarding Workers'
Compensation Law and Procedure

~ Great Western Bank (Home office-Northridge), Family Medical Leave Act and the
Workers' Compensation Connection

~ AIG, Legal Update

~ Safeco, Subrogation

~ Applied Risk Management/Wells Fargo, Basic Workers' Compensation System

~ Industrial Indemnity, Procedural Aspects of Workers' Compensation

~ Orange County Workers' Compensation Defense Association-Participant in mock
trial regarding Civil Damages
~ AIG, Costa Mesa, Legal Update

~ Safeco, Fountain Valley, Subrogation

~ Applied Risk Management/Wells Fargo, Basic Workers' Compensation Law

~ Transamerica Insurance Company, Costa Mesa, Fraud in the Workers'
Compensation System

~ Industrial Indemnity, Orange, Procedural Aspects of Workers' Compensation

~ Creator, Organizer and Presenter of seminars regarding employment and workers'
compensation issues, "Meeting at the

~ Seminar Alexsis, Guest speaker, New Protocols in Psychiatric Cases

~ Brokers Group, Guest speaker, Sexual Harassment and Workers' Compensation

~ Creator and speaker of nationally distributed videotapes for Legal Management
Resources, Workers' Compensation, ADA,
   Sexual Harassment, and Violence in the Workplace.

~ Assisted in the creation and presentation of, "When Workers Cannot, Will Not or
Should Not Work", Seminar

~ Hartford, Specialty Risk Services, Brea, Trial Practice

~ Argonaut Insurance, Brea, Workers' Compensation

~ CNA, Brea, Credit in Third Party Cases

~ CNA, Glendale, Credit in Third Party Cases

~ Guest Lecturer, American College of Law, Brea
~ Guest Speaker, Arena Football League2 Webinar, "Continuous Trauma Claims"
~ Great States Insurance, Anaheim

~ W.R. Grace Company, Western Region, 132a Claims

~ Industrial Indemnity, Medical Abuse in California Workers' Compensation System

~ Fremont Insurance, Orange, Medical Abuse Claims and Medical Liens and

~ CNA, Brea, Trial Practices

~ Sedwick James, Irvine, Workers' Compensation

~ Argonaut Insurance, Los Angeles, Workers' Compensation

~ CNA, Brea, Workers' Compensation Training

~ USF & G, Fullerton, Workers' Compensation Training
~ CNA, Brea, Third Party Settlements

~ Aetna, Orange, Workers' Compensation

~ Highlands Insurance Company, Irvine, Workers' Compensation

~ Employers Casualty Company, Pasadena, Workers' Compensation

~ Industrial Indemnity, Orange, Workers' Compensation

~ Fairmont Insurance, Burbank, Workers' Compensation

~ State Farm Claims Department, Brea, Workers' Compensation

~ Crawford & Company, Orange, Workers' Compensation

~ CLAS (UAC), Newport Beach, Workers' Compensation

~ Western Growers Association House Counsel, Workers' Compensation
~ Beaver Insurance Company Claims Department, Workers' Compensation