Kaisa Adams
Senior Associate
500 Washington Avenue South
Suite 4000
Minneapolis MN 55415
TEL: (612) 359-4262
FAX: (612) 336-9100
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Kaisa Adams

Kaisa is a senior associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office where she represents clients in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country.  Kaisa practices in the area of complex business litigation.  Her practice is focused on complex insurance disputes, representing insurers in a wide range of coverage matters.  Kaisa also has experience in litigation concerning securities lending programs.  She has written and presented on several insurance-related topics, including cyber risks, civil authority, and ingress/egress, among others.

Kaisa attended William Mitchell College of Law where she was on the Dean’s List, received CALI awards in Constitutional Law and Legal Practicum, and the Burton Award for Excellence in legal writing.  She took first place at the Rosalie Wahl Moot Court competition and was awarded Best Brief. 

Prior to joining Zelle Hofmann, Kaisa served as a legislative monitor for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.  Kaisa currently partners with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy in pro bono matters.

Representative Matters

General Mills Operations v. Five Star Custom Foods, Ltd., 789 F. Supp. 2d 1148 (D. Minn. 2011), aff’d, 703 F.3d 1104 (8th Cir. 2013) (successful summary judgment and award of attorney’s fees in contract dispute with supplier of meat products)

Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Geo. V. Hamilton (non-products liability insurance dispute arising out of asbestos-related bodily claims, including enforcement of an arbitration provision under a previous cost-sharing agreement)

Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Geo. V. Hamilton, 132 S. Ct. 119 (Oct. 3, 2011) (denying petition for certiorari in favor of insurer)

Hall v. Associated International Insurance Company, 2012 WL 3570729 (10th Cir. Aug. 21, 2012) (affirming district court’s dismissal of insurance coverage dispute involving force-placed insurance)

Alter Ego Fitness Group, LLC v. Sierra Bravo Corporation (Minnesota) (breach of contract and warranty action concerning software development for fitness company)

Corval Constructors, Inc. v. Inentec Chemical Midland LLC, et al. (Minnesota) (breach of contract action concerning the engineering and construction of a plasma gasification facility)

Articles & Presentations

"Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover," Insurance Law360January 6, 2015, co-author

"Summary Judgment Is No Dress Rehearsal," Insurance Law360October 17, 2014, co-author

"Cyber Costs & Losses: Coming to a Computer Near You,"  Zelle Hofmann Seminar, February 27, 2014, co-presenter

"A Super Guide to Superstorm Sandy: Key Adjustment, Coverage and Factual Issues," Zelle Hofmann Webinar, April 19, 2013, co-presenter

"The Brave New World of Cyber Risks," Emerging Issues in Property Insurance, Chicago, IL, March 28, 2013, co-presenter

"Lessons From Past Give Guidance To Sandy-Related Claims," Insurance Law360, January 15, 2013, co-author

"Insurance Implications of Online Terms and Conditions," Insurance Law360, April 10, 2012, co-author

"The Year So Far in FTAIA," Competition Law360, October 17, 2011, co-author

"Questioning Class Action Waivers," Competition Law360, April 13, 2011, co-author

"The Seventh Circuit’s Guidance on Twombly," Competition Law360, January 10, 2011, co-author

Professional Affiliations


Kaisa was named an "Up & Coming Attorney" for 2015 by Minnesota Lawyer. She was also named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers® in 2015.