Mr. Adams received his B.A., cum laude, from West Virginia University in 1995 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and a tutor to first-year students. He concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, attorney ethics matters and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Adams counsels and represents individuals, corporations, political candidates and political campaigns on criminal and election law issues. He appears frequently in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Adams is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Adams is the 2006 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyer Professional Achievement Award, and was named a "Top 40 Under 40" Attorney by the New Jersey Law Journal in its August 2007 issue. He has been recognized in New Jersey Monthly magazine's "Super Lawyers - Rising Stars" of the legal profession every year since 2006. Mr. Adams was selected by New Jersey Super Lawyers in the area of Criminal Defense in 2012.
Mr. Adams has served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges, and has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District VC Ethics Committee for a four year term beginning September 2008. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Jersey State Bar Association, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the Association of the Federal Bar and the Essex County Bar Association. He is an Executive Board Member and Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, where he also serves as a member of the Amicus Committee.
Articles and Publications:
Adams, C., "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"
Fewer Defense Peremptories Would Nullify Proposed Voir Dire Improvements N.J.L.J. (July 4, 2005)
Adams, C., and Cahill, M., "The Blakely Fallout" The unknown future of sentencing guidelines 177 N.J.L.J. 620 (2004)
Adams, C., "What does Blakely Mean for New Jersey?" The future of the state's sentencing system is most definitely uncertain 178 N.J.L.J. 320 (2004)
Lectures and Speaking Engagements:
Police Issues: Misconduct, Domestic Violence, and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments in New Jersey (Lorman Educational Services, Fairfield, New Jersey, March 31, 2006)