Christopher W. Adams

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Chris Adams is a criminal defense lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina. After spending 15 years as a public defender and non-profit lawyer, Chris opened his private practice in 2007.

Chris devotes half of his practice to defending men and women facing the death penalty in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has defended 75 capitally charged men and women in the trial courts without a single client being sentenced to death. In 2013 Chris’ client won a life sentence after a three-month federal death penalty trial in Puerto Rico (USA v. Casey, 3:05-cr-277).

Chris also defends people and businesses facing allegations or investigations in federal and state courts. Chris’ federal clients have recently benefitted from his experience, winning at trial (acquittal on all counts in 2014 in USA v. Williamson, 9:12-cr-410), on appeal (white collar sentencing reversal in 2015 in a case prosecuted in Charlotte (USA v. Alquza (4th Cir.) 14-4366), and in habeas (conviction vacated in 2015 in Harris v. USA, 2:10-cr-1198).

Chris teaches at the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), is actively involved with NACDL, and has taught advanced criminal procedure and capital litigation as an adjunct law professor at Georgia State, Emory, and the Charleston School of Law.

He graduated from Georgetown Law (1992), received his undergraduate degree from West Georgia College (1988), and recently earned an M.A. in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (2016).

The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams is honored to receive lawyer referrals. Call or visit to learn more.

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