Adam’s sole legal practice area is representing policyholders against their insurance companies for denied or underpaid claims. Mr. Engel has litigated bad faith cases for residential homeowners and commercial business owners against insurance companies in state and federal courts across Oklahoma. These cases range from small residential roof claims to multi-million-dollar commercial property claims. His cases frequently center on issues involving construction science, forensic engineering, and construction estimating. Mr. Engel believes in continually improving his skillsets by taking insurance agent, contractor, and adjuster education courses – including Xactimate Certification. He attributes his success to the experienced mentors at the firm, supportive paralegals, and professional experts with whom he daily works.
Adam has been with Mansell Engel & Cole for a decade, and for most of that time, his practice has been 100% dedicated to first-party property and casualty claims. The cases he litigates focus not just on denied insurance claims, but rather on insurance claims denials where the insurance company has failed its obligation of good faith and fair dealing to policyholders. Many of these claims are wind and hailstorms in Oklahoma. During his time with Mansell Engel & Cole, he has physically inspected hundreds of properties and roofing systems. During the litigation of these cases, he has deposed countless insurance adjusters, claims supervisors, and insurance company claim vice presidents, as well as dozens of forensic engineers. Through litigation, he has reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of training materials and insurance company claims guidelines for most major insurance carriers.
Mr. Engel currently has an outstanding track record at trial resulting in bad faith awards with punitive damages. His recent trial victories include:
• 2020 – $1,200,000 judgment with bad faith damages, and the jury awarded Category 2 “intentional and with malice” damages award for a teacher in Western Oklahoma that was denied $20,000 in brick veneer (tornado claim).
• 2022 – Confidential settlement was reached during the trial the day before closing arguments for wind and hail victims in Enid.
• 2022 – $130,000 verdict in Oklahoma County with the jury awarding punitive damages against a major carrier for the denial of $15,000 of stolen items from a hunting cabin.
In his spare time, Adam is currently personally refurbishing a home from the ground up by himself. It is not uncommon for him to spend his weekends working with his tools. He also enjoys spending time on the golf course.
Adam is an aggressive advocate for his clients while treating everyone, even opponents, with respect, and professionalism.