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McCarter & English LLP
Newark, New Jersey
Adam Budesheim became a partner at McCarter & English in 2015. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2004 and began practicing at McCarter & English. He left for a year to serve as a law clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge William H. Pryor Jr. in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Birmingham, Alabama, then returned to the firm, where he represents policyholders seeking coverage from their insurers.
How do you see your job changing over the next 10 years?
I think there’s a shift in the types of claims that are being brought. For many years, mass tort claims were a significant source of dispute between policyholders and insurance companies. I think there’s a shift away from that, moving more toward things like professional liability disputes. What also might end up being a significant change is several states have moved to relax the statute of limitations on abuse claims from decades ago, potentially raising a host of issues regarding insurance coverage for abuse claims under policies that were written 10, 20, 30 years ago.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Learn the law but also learn your clients. It is very important to understand your clients and their business. You can’t provide them with the best representation possible if you don’t understand what they do or who they are.”
What is your favorite app or gadget?
Any of the several apps we have that allow me to do work on the train as I’m commuting home, which leaves more time for me and my family.
What would you/do you binge watch?
My wife and I watch the Netflix original series “Stranger Things.”
What is your favorite meal?
Going out with my family to a place that serves breakfast food at any time of the day.
In the insurance industry’s battle for talent, there are plenty of incumbents to fight over.