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Charles P. Adams Jr.

Adams and Reese, LLP

During the 10 years Charles P. “Chuck” Adams Jr. has served as managing partner of Adams and Reese LLP, in addition to being responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s operations, he has been instrumental in the regional growth of the firm, including every phase of the firm’s mergers and office openings in Birmingham, Ala., in 2002, Nashville in 2005, Memphis in 2006 and Florida in 2010. Those four mergers resulted in the addition of almost 150 lawyers to the firm that now includes 290 lawyers in 13 offices in 12 markets.

“Through a decade of identifying potential opportunities, recruiting, negotiating and closing deals, integrating those new lawyers and managing innovative, regional growth strategies, I have been able to help lead our firm into one of the most solid, diversified and well-managed firms with a healthy client base located throughout the South Central United States, along the Gulf Coast, down the Florida Panhandle and West Coast and into the governmental relations arena in Washington, D.C.,” Adams said.

Prior to becoming managing partner, Adams practiced for more than 25 years in business and corporate law and commercial transactions. He is frequently asked to serve on commercial arbitration engagements as a long-time member of the Commercial Disputes Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

For many years Adams has represented corporations and owners of businesses acquiring and operating substantial business assets, creditors in bankruptcy and those buying assets from entities and individuals in bankruptcy.

Adams has the ability to make deals, to clearly and quickly identify the needs of each player, conceive a proposal that optimizes meeting all the key needs and then successfully “sell” it.

“Importantly, I was able to make the shift from advising others who were responsible for making business decisions to the one who is responsible for making them for our firm,” said Adams, who is listed in Best Lawyers — Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Securities Law.

During Adams’ tenure, his firm has been ranked nationally among the AmLaw (The American Lawyer) 200 and National Law Journal 250 while also receiving many pro bono, community service, diversity and Best Places to Work awards and recognitions.

Adams & Reese’s Guilford F. Thornton Jr., said, “(Adams) believes that it is every lawyer’s ethical obligation to give back to the community through pro bono service.”


More on Charles P. Adams Jr.:

Age: 61

Birthplace: Jackson

Family: Wife, Becky; children, Kate and Chad

Hobbies: Golf, flying and hunting

Best lawyer movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Role model: My dad taught me the value of hard work, education and the importance of a strong family.

Career goal: To practice law with the highest levels of diligence, competence, professionalism and civility and to pass those values and expectations on to those I supervise and can influence

First job: Unloading logs from trucks and rail boxcars during summers when a teen


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