Nov 17, 2009
Faculty Announcement – Adam Gee
Adam M. Gee is a personal injury and malpractice attorney with the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira, New York. He will teach a course about handling motorcycle cases at Solo Practice University®.
Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College, where he graduated as an Alden Scholar (Dean’s List). Adam was also a Dean’s List student at the Syracuse University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1996.
Adam began his legal career with the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Adam quickly rose to the rank of felony prosecutor, where he worked on the most serious crimes occurring in Chemung County. In 2000, Adam left the DA’s Office to become head of the Legal Department for the Chemung County Department of Social Services. In that capacity, Adam managed an office of 7 attorneys and was responsible for the presentation of all child abuse and neglect proceedings, termination of parental rights, and juvenile delinquency matters in Chemung County. Adam has extensive courtroom experience including the arguing of appeals before the Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals; New York’s highest court.
In 2004, Adam left public service to join the Ziff Law Firm as a litigator. At the Ziff Law Firm, Adam limits his practice to serious personal injuries and malpractice. The partners in the Ziff Law Firm were so impressed with Adam’s hard work that he was promoted to full partnership in record time– less than two years after he joined the firm. Adam is a tenacious trial lawyer who thrives on being in the courtroom.
Over his years of practice, Adam noted a significant spike in the number of motorcycle collisions reported in the news and coming through the doors of his office. Adam quickly found out that motorcycle cases were far different than the typical car accident case. The plaintiffs were different, their needs were different, and the laws, rules, presumptions and prejudices regarding bikers necessitated a different means of handling motorcycle case. Over the years, Adam has honed the handling of motorcycle cases, and in the process developed a sub-practice of motorcycle injury cases that has achieved significant results for dozens of clients.
It is not just the handling of motorcycle cases that is different. Marketing to bikers also a specialty unto itself. Through trial, error and dogged determination, Adam has perfected his marketing to bikers, and now enjoys a very active motorcycle injury practice. As part of his marketing efforts, Adam literally wrote the book on motorcycle law, called “Would You Ride Your Motorcycle Naked?”, which dispels many of the myths bikers have about insurance, urges bikers to examine their coverage, explains the type of available coverage, and recommends the amount of coverage bikers should consider purchasing so that they and their families are properly protected in the event of a serious accident.
Adam is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Chemung County and New York State Bar Associations.
You can read more from Adam on his blog.
- Initial Screening of a Potential Motorcycle Case
- The initial phone call
- The first office consultation
- Records and documents to obtain before the first consultation
- Investigating the Motorcycle Collision
- Obtaining the accident report
- Obtaining records of the first responder
- Photographing the vehicles
- Hiring an accident reconstructionist
- Pre-Suit Negotiation of the Motorcycle Case
- Obtaining the pertinent records
- Analyzing the records
- Presentation of the records and your demands to the adjuster
- Overcoming the adjuster’s bias towards bikers
- Discovery Tips and Techniques
- How to respond to the Defendant’s demands
- Demands you must make
- Trial of the Motorcycle Case
- Picking your jury
- Overcoming jury bias
- Presenting your case
- Attacking the Defendant’s case
- Marketing to Bikers: Developing a Motorcycle Practice
- Indirect Marketing Techniques
- Direct Marketing Techniques
- Blogs, social media and books