Bar Admissions
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2008
  • B.S. & B.A., Duke University, 2005
Bar Admissions
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2008
  • B.S. & B.A., Duke University, 2005

Professional Background

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. Mr. Hosmer-Henner frequently appears before state and federal courts in Nevada and California as both trial and appellate counsel. He is co-chair of the Appellate Practice.

Adam maintains a substantial pro bono practice for which he was named “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” by the U.S. District Court for Nevada and is a current member of the Nevada Supreme Court Appellate Pro Bono Committee. He has represented pro bono clients through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the Washoe Law Library, and Project Salute.

Examples of significant matters in which he has been involved include:

  • Obtained En banc affirmance from the Nevada Supreme Court of the denial of an anti-SLAPP Motion related to political advertising
  • Obtained affirmance from the Nevada Court of Appeals in favor of a Nevada casino after obtaining a judgment as trial counsel
  • Represented the California Franchise Tax Board in a Section 1983 action at the Eastern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented a corporation in a federal court lawsuit involving parallel South Korean proceedings
  • Represented Pardee Homes of Nevada in connection with disputes related to the Coyote Springs development
  • Obtained a summary judgment for an acquirer in connection with post-closing issues stemming from an insurance company merger
  • Represented a hospital in connection with a key executive’s violation of a non-compete agreement
  • Obtained a dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty claims against an out-of-state trustee
  • Obtained a dismissal of tort claims against a former trustee
  • Obtained a dismissal of bid protests against multiple construction companies
  • Represented a geothermal company in connection with a mechanic’s lien lawsuit
  • Advised clients on Nevada gaming license applications and issues

Mr. Hosmer-Henner previously worked in the Antitrust and Competition Department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. He also worked as a legal advisor for the Remote Gambling Association in Brussels, Belgium where he counseled the association and its members on regulatory, tax and competition issues affecting the European online gambling sector.


  • “The Virtual Raise It or Waive It: Preserving an Accurate Appellate Record of Remote Trial Court Proceedings,” Nevada Lawyer, June 2021

Awards and Recognition

  • The American Lawyer – “Trailblazers West” (2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law (2021-2022)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Legal Elite” (2020, 2021)
  • “Twenty Under 40” Honoree, Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network (2020)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine “Mountain States Rising Star” – Appellate, Business Litigation, Estate and Trust Litigation (2016-2017, 2019-2021)

Community Engagement

  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • State Bar of Nevada, Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committee
  • Bruce R. Thompson American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washoe County Bar Association

Attorney News

Adam Hosmer-Henner
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…

Legal Elite 2021: Nevada’s Top Attorneys

McDonald Carano proudly congratulates Adam Hosmer-Henner, Chelsea Latino, Brian Pick, Brian Schusterman, and Ryan Works for being selected to Nevada Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite 2021: The Silver State’s…

The Virtual Raise It or Waive It: Preserving an Accurate Appellate Record of Remote Trial Court Proceedings

Making an accurate record and adequately preserving issues in the trial court are critical elements for a properly presented appeal. McDonald Carano attorneys Adam Hosmer-Henner and Chelsea Latino authored an…

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