Adam Ainslie


Adam A. Ainslie is a trial attorney at the firm’s South Pasadena office. Mr. Ainslie’s practice primarily focuses on public entity liability with an emphasis on constitutional right violations, dangerous conditions of public property, and labor and employment litigation. Mr. Ainslie also handles matters of general business litigation and professional liability including the representation of design professionals in complex multi-party litigation.

In addition to these areas, Mr. Ainslie is well-versed on copyright and trademark issues, including registration and defense/prosecution of infringement claims. He has experience in transactional matters involving granting and obtaining the use of protected intellectual property.

As part of his practice, Mr. Ainslie has represented public entities in litigating matters involving allegations of civil rights violations – including police excessive force, fabricated evidence, malicious prosecution, and inmate rights – as well as wrongful death and personal injury claims based on dangerous conditions and design defect allegations.

Mr. Ainslie is currently a member of several professional associations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Mr. Ainslie received his Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Socio-Legal Studies and Ethics from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California.


Summary Judgment for Public Entity for Roadway: Mr. Ainslie represented a public entity defending against claims that a roadway was in a dangerous condition that caused the death of a child while crossing street. Plaintiff alleged the lack of traffic control devices contributed to the dangerous condition. Mr. Ainslie successfully obtained summary judgment demonstrating that the roadway was not a dangerous condition as a matter of law. 

Judgment on the Pleadings Granted in Employment Suit: Mr. Ainslie represented a police department and individual officers defending against a former officer’s allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation that culminated termination. Mr. Ainslie successfully obtained judgment on the pleadings against all claims and causes of action based on a unique statute of limitation defense. After the dispositive judgment, Mr. Ainslie leveraged a motion for attorney fees and costs to convince the plaintiff to waive rights to an appeal.

Summary Judgment for Public Entity on Civil Rights Claims: Mr. Ainslie represented a district attorney’s office, sheriff’s department and an individual detective against claims of fabricated evidence, conspiracy to suborn perjury, withholding exculpatory evidence and unconstitutional policies, practices and procedures with regards to the rights of the accused. The claims were made by a former prisoner who served one of the longest reversed convictions in California history. Mr. Ainslie successfully obtained summary judgment for the public entities and partial summary judgment for the detective, which ultimately led to a favorable settlement before trial.

Negotiated Favorable Settlement for Engineering Geologist: Mr. Ainslie represented an engineering geologist that was sued by a driller for allegedly failing to properly advise the drillers of geologic conditions during construction of a custom beach-front home. Mr. Ainslie, through aggressive written discovery and depositions, was able to convince the underlying plaintiff to settle with his client separately for a minimal dollar amount.

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation)
  • Sports Lawyers Association