Adrienne Publicover

Adrienne Publicover, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Sandra Chan
T: 415-774-2611
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Adrienne Publicover is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


For a significant portion of her 25 year career, Adrienne Publicover, Esq. counseled the London market in connection with a variety of claim, litigation and coverage matters.  Her docket focused on complex insurance issues, including personal accident, event cancellation, commercial general liability, property, directors and officers, and employer’s professional liability.  Along the way, she tried numerous cases to verdict and successfully negotiated thousands of disputes to resolution. From 2011-2016, she also taught the California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations to the London Market at Lloyd’s in conjunction with the Lloyd’s Market Association.

As a strategic advocate, Adrienne always spent equal time assessing the strengths and weaknesses in her cases.  This allowed her to honestly and accurately value those matters, earning the trust of her insurance industry clients.  At the same time, her integrity garnered the respect of her adversaries.  As a trusted adversary and advocate, she adds value to the ADR process by credibly evaluating disputes on behalf of all parties and building the bridges necessary to achieve resolution.  

Adrienne has always approached every endeavor with passion, creativity and commitment.  Now she brings that same level of energy and enthusiasm to her ADR practice, helping parties resolve their disputes. 

Representative Matters

  • Resolved all manner of disputes concerning London Market personal accident insurance, including repatriation claims, travel accident and high end disability
  • Resolved claims arising under London Market contingency policies, including event cancellation
  • Resolved numerous coverage disputes in the London insurance market
  • Resolved numerous personal injury claims arising out of sports and recreational activities, including equestrian events, hang gliding, ATVs and zip lines
  • Resolved various other third party insurance matters involving a variety of personal injuries ranging from orthopedic to complex neurological claims

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.


  • Licensed to practice law in California and Texas (inactive), as well as various federal courts
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC)

Selected Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • “Fraud:  The $100B Problem that Affects Us All,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar, 2018
  • “Tell Me Lies:  Advanced Strategies for Dealing with Fraud,” CLM Annual Conference 2017
  • “Successfully Mediating Insurance Cases (I and II),” United Policyholders Webinar Series
  • "California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations", Lloyds London Market Association, 2011-2016
  • “The Affordable Care Act:  Employer’s Top Questions,” Wilson Elser Annual Employment Law Summit, 2015
  • “ERISA: Identification & Implications”, presented to various London syndicates, 2015
  • “Pick Your Poison:  Venue, Removal & Judicial Hellholes,” presented to various London syndicates, 2015
  • “Litigating Disability Claims," ACI Conference, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • "Life Insurance Case Law Update," DRI Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Conference, 2012
  • "Life Insurance Case Law Update," Eastern & Western Claims Conferences, 2006-2016

Selected Publications

  • “Open Enrollment,” Business Insurance, October 2014
  • “ERISA Insights,” Lawyer Monthly, January 2014
  • “Female Powerbrokers,” Law 360, January 2014

ADR Profiles

  • "Sweet Spot," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, October 6, 2017
  • Attorney, Wilson Elser, 2005-2016
    • Equity Partner, 2005-2016
    • Managing Partner, Houston office, 2015
    • Chair, Life, Health, Disability & ERISA practice team, 2006-2016
    • Chair, Benefits Committee, 2013-2016
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2012-2016
    • Member, Partner Compensation Committee, 2013-2016
    • Member, Lateral Hiring Committee, 2010-2016
  • Pepperdine, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, January 2016
  • J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, 1992
  • B.S., with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1989

Counsel Comments

    • “[Ms. Publicover] did incredible work and was always a pleasure to work with – smart, funny, responsive. You have a great talent in bringing the temperature down in contentious disputes and always keeping an eye on the end-goal.”

      - WA D.C. Attorney
    • "Thank you Adrienne for your help in getting this over the line. I think it's fair result but more significantly I don't think it's an outcome I expected us to reach to given previous discussions [...] we wouldn't have got there without your input. We didn't have a huge amount of time together, but that which we did have was fun as well." 

      -Chief Claims Officer at International Insurance Provider
    • "You have such a gift for connecting with people. My clients always rave about you afterwards. I am so gald that we were able to get this resolved [...] you are at the top of the list of any cases I need mediated in the future." 

      -Bay Area Attorney
    • "It was great to work with you and I really appreciate your diligence and careful handling [...] you had the perfect tone." 

      -Bay Area Attorney
    • "[Adrienne] thank you for your efforts in resolving the case yesterday [...] you did a truly masterful job. We feel very good about the settlement [...] it's a win-win-win situation for all the parties. I just cannot think of a better resolution [...] my highest recommendation of your services."

      -Partner & General Counsel at San Francisco 
    • "Adrienne’s subject matter expertise, personality, style and experience contributed to a successful resolution."

      -Bay Area Attorney
    • "Adrienne had the ability to reach my client’s understanding of the risks of proceeding, the ability to reason with a highly educated client at his level, all the while maintaining my client’s respect for me."

      -Bay Area Attorney
    • "Adrienne develops and has strong relationships with counsel and has intimate knowledge of how the decision-making process works in insurance companies, which resulted in good rapport with my client, which led to reaching a deal."

      -Northern California Attorney
    • "Her knowledge, empathy, and professionalism were key to the outcome."

      -California Attorney
    • "Ms. Publicover continued meeting with the parties to make sure the case settled and her attention to detail and persistence made a difference."

      - California Attorney
    • "Her follow-up was key to getting the deal done."

      - Bay Area Attorney
    • "It was great to work with [Adrienne], and we really appreciate [her] helping us reach a settlement yesterday. I also very much appreciated [her] knowledge, skills, thoughtfulness, candor, and professionalism."

      -Partner at San Francisco Firm 




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