Named 2021 “West Trailblazer”
by The American Lawyer
McDonald Carano proudly announces that Partner Adam Hosmer-Henner was selected to The American Lawyer’s inaugural list of “West Trailblazers.” The list consists of a total of 48 attorneys selected from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Adam is one of only three attorneys selected from Nevada.
According to The American Lawyer, the “West Trailblazer” honor recognizes attorneys who have “moved the needle in the legal industry” and are “truly agents of change.” Trailblazers are those who also “made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice.”
Adam Hosmer-Henner represents clients in litigation and arbitration involving a wide range of complex matters, including construction, trusts and estates, commercial torts, antitrust and unfair trade practices, intellectual property, and contractual disputes. He frequently appears before state and federal courts in Nevada and California as trial and appellate counsel. Mr. Hosmer-Henner is co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group at McDonald Carano.
Pro Bono Victory
In the profile published as part of the announcement of his recognition, Adam answered the three questions excerpted below about his pro bono victory in a high profile class action lawsuit on behalf of Nevada inmates that received extensive media coverage (“Nevada prisoners denied hepatitis C treatment sue the state,” NBC News, 12/27/2019).
1. What was the genesis of the idea/path that has made you a trailblazer?
After I accepted several separate pro bono cases involving the failure of the Nevada Department of Corrections to adequately treat an inmate for Hepatitis C, it became clear that a statewide solution was necessary. It should not have been necessary for each inmate to bring a federal lawsuit just to receive the medical treatment that any physician would have recommended. We took on this challenge of identifying and fighting for a solution that would benefit not only all current inmates, but also all future inmates.
2. What sort of change has resulted from the concept?
Within the next three years, a minimum of 2,400 inmates in Nevada will receive the cure for Hepatitis C in the form of potentially life-saving direct-acting antiviral treatment. This change in policy will clear the backlog of patient cases that could have taken decades to resolve prior to the Consent Decree. We were also able to secure important changes in testing and treatment policies to ensure that medically appropriate treatment is provided when medically indicated.
3. What bearing will this have on the future?
Nevada is a small state that can be very flexible and agile when it comes to public policy. In order to bring about the Consent Decree, we had to work with stakeholders in the executive and legislative branches of state government. Hopefully, this Consent Decree serves as a model of cooperation where statewide legal issues can be addressed and resolved with a broader impact than might have been obtained from results in the judicial branch alone.
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