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Nancy D. Adams


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Nancy is a noted insurance coverage litigator with extensive experience representing primary and excess insurers on the business and legal implications of complex coverage issues involving commercial, transactional, and personal lines of insurance. Nancy serves as lead counsel in coverage litigation in state, bankruptcy, and federal courts across the country. With her vast knowledge of the insurance industry, she also advises companies on a wide range of risk management issues, frequently conducting exposure and risk analysis and assisting companies with implementing risk transfer mechanisms. Nancy frequently teaches, speaks, and writes on insurance-related topics.

Nancy has extensive experience representing and advising primary and excess insurers on the business and legal implications of a variety of complex coverage issues involving property and casualty and life insurance. Her experience includes representing insurers with respect to coverage disputes arising under directors and officers, professional liability, managed health care, life, aviation, fiduciary, financial institutions, crime, automobile, homeowners, and general liability policies. Nancy also has substantial experience advising clients with respect to potential coverage implications arising in the bankruptcy context. Her practice has involved representing insurers in state, bankruptcy, and federal courts across the country.

Nancy also has significant experience advising corporations and individuals in a wide range of risk management issues. Her experience includes conducting exposure and risk analysis and implementing insurance and other risk transfer mechanisms to address those exposures and risks. Nancy also regularly works with corporate boards preparing insurance program audits and reviews, drafting director/officer indemnity agreements to complement the company’s existing insurance program, identifying and addressing various insurance-related issues that arise in the road show and IPO context, and conducting insurance and indemnity due diligence for corporate transactions.


  • Boston College (JD)
  • Trinity University (BA)


  • Represented an insurer in parallel actions before the bankruptcy court and federal court in connection with claims for coverage brought by directors, officers, and corporate policyholders leading to a successful multiparty mediation.
  • Served as national coordinating coverage counsel for an insurer on a broad range of general liability claims, including concussion, cyber liability, environmental, and sex molestation claims.
  • Defended an insurance holding company against alleged bad faith claims brought under M.G.L. chs. 93A/176D in connection with its handling and adjusting of a wrongful death claim.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law (2017 – 2018)
  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Insurance (2018)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Insurance Coverage (2014 – 2017)


  • President of the Board of Trustees, Insurance Library Association of Boston
  • Member, Education Committee, PLUS
  • Former Executive Officer, CPCU Society
  • Past president, CPCU Society Boston Chapter
  • CPCU Instructor, “The Legal Environment of Risk Management and Insurance,” “Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance,” “Financial Services Institutions,” and “Personal Lines”
  • Past Member, Steering Committee, PLUS New England Chapter
  • Member, American College of Insurance and Extra Contractual Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association

Recent Insights

News & Press


The "business compromise email" is what the FBI calls the "$5 billion scam," but apparently an insurance company did not agree with an insured company that they had been the victim of a crime.
We previously reported here that CNA filed a lawsuit against its insured Cottage Health System seeking reimbursement of amounts that it previously paid under Cottage’s cyber liability insurance policy.  
Nearly a year has passed since the SEC announced that it would require admissions of wrongdoing as a condition of settling SEC charges in certain cases. Perhaps it can no longer be called a “new” policy. But lawyers are still wrestling with questions about the policy and its consequences – both intended and unintended.
The question is not whether a company will be the target of a data breach, but when. Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Investigation Report states that, in 2012, there were over 47,000 reported security incidents, which resulted in 621 confirmed data disclosures and at least 44 million comprised records. 

News & Press

Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
Fifty-one attorneys from Mintz have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2017 and thirty have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 



PCI General Counsel Seminar

Cyber Insurance Legal Risk - Guarding your Galaxy

Royal Sonesta Boston - 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142


PLUS Management & PL Symposium


Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL


Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference

American Conference Institute

Park Central Hotel San Francisco, CA


M&A Liability

American Conference Institute

Andaz Wall Street New York, NY


National Forum on Directors & Officers and Management Liability

American Conference Institute

The Carlton Hotel, New York, NY


ACI's National Forum on Transactional Insurance

American Conference Institute

The Carlton Hotel New York, NY


ExecuSummit's 2016 Inaugural Reps & Warranties & Transactional Liability Conference


Mohegan Sun Convention Center & Hotel Uncasville, CT

Guest Lecturer

2016 Transaction Insurance Insights Forum-New York


Latham & Watkins, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY


ACI's Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference

American Conference Institute

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, Chicago, IL