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Adam M. Hames

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Hames Law Firm L.L.C.
511 East Paces Ferry Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 470-575-1185
Fax: 404-842-9599
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Adam M. Hames, the founding attorney at The Hames Law Firm L.L.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, has over 23 years of experience practicing law. Focusing his practice on criminal defense and civil litigation, he also takes on appeals, state and federal habeas corpus, and post-conviction matters. 

With a Bachelor of Arts from The American University, Mr. Hames attended a summer program in Italy at the Universita Di Siena, where he took up courses on comparative constitutional law, American constitutional history and comparative civil procedure. He received his law degree from the Tulane University Law School, graduating cum laude. 

While in law school, Mr. Hames was the recipient of the Gary Lawton Fretwell Award for outstanding graduate student leader selected from the whole university. He served as the chief administrator of the Honor Board and was selected to be on the dean’s Advisory Committee and ADR Academic Advisory Committee. He also received a Certificate of Advance Study of Arbitration. 

With extensive experience representing clients with all criminal cases, civil cases and appeals, Mr. Hames provides fierce and tireless advocacy for his clients. He fights aggressively for the rights of those who have been accused of breaking the law and provides efficient and cost-effective legal services to all his clients. Focusing on his clients’ best interests, Mr. Hames communicates clearly, keeping his clients informed through the entire process. 

Actively affiliated with the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Mr. Hames serves as its president elect. He serves on the organizing committee of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute and as a member at the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, the American Bar Association’s White Collar Criminal Law Section and the Council of Appellate Lawyers. 

Additionally, Mr. Hames is active in helping those who need it the most and is a volunteer lawyer at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Safe and Stable Families Project, being a voice for the victims of domestic violence. He serves as a secretary of the board of directors for the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia.  

Highly regarded by clients and peers, Mr. Hames has an AV Preeminent* peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and in honor of his outstanding legal skills, he has a “Superb” rating on Avvo, accompanied by an abundant number of testimonials and referrals from satisfied clients and endorsements by fellow attorneys. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Appellate
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Appeals, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018, 2021 - 2022

About Adam M. Hames

First Admitted: 1998, Georgia

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Professionalism on Appeal as Reflected in the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Written Materials for ECAPI, October 2008, Moderator and Author
  • Raising Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel on Appeal in GeorgiaThe Appellate Review, Vol. 4, Number 1, 2004, Author
  • Review of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Appellate Practice Decisions for 2002 through 2003 Article for ICLE’s Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar 2003, Author
  • Chair, Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar, 2002
  • Chair, Georgia Appellate Practice Seminar, 2003

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer Lawyer for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Safe and Stable Families Project.  Represented victims of domestic violence in securing restraining orders and other relief.
  • Secretary, Board of Directors Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • Coach, Purple Panthers, girls soccer team, PRUMC
  • Advisory Committee for Atlanta Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Alumni Advisory Committee, The Paideia School
  • Coach, Paideia High School Mock Trial team

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, President Elect
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Special Master, State Bar of Georgia
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law
  • Secretary, Board of Directors Federal Defenders Program for the Northern District of Georgia., 2020
  • President of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta Inc., 2021
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, 2008
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers & White Collar Criminal Law Section
  • Chair, Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 2007
  • Barrister, Lamar Inn of Court, 2008
  • Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute, (ECAPI), Organizing Committee

Educational Background

  • Universita Di Siena, Siena, Italy, 1997
  • The American University, Washington D.C., Bachelor of Arts, Literature, 1991


  • Gary Lawton Fretwell Leadership Award, Tulane School of Law, 1998
  • Dean’s Advisory, Tulane School of Law, 1998
  • Chief Administrator, Honor Board, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Tulane School of Law, 1998
  •  Committee and ADR Academic Advisory Committee, Tulane School of Law, 1998
  • Certificate of Advance Study of Arbitration, Tulane School of Law, 1998
  • Senior Articles Editor, Tulane Journal of Law And Sexuality, Tulane School of Law, 1998

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Arbitrator and Mediator, 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • State v. John Doe, Represented client after arrest through dismissal of rape charge against him., 2011

Representative Clients

  • Individuals and small companies charged with crimes., 2020


  • Whipkey v. State, 353 Ga.App. 592 (2020) successfully reversed the trial court's decision to strike an amended motion for new trial., 2020
  • Paris v. E. Michael Ruberti LLC A20A0656 (June 23, 2020) Successfully set aside a verdict of $1.15 Million dollars as improperly awarded., 2020
  • Santiago v. State 314 Ga. App. 623 (2012) wrote brief that caused the Georgia Court of Appeals to set aside an aggravated assault conviction., 2012
  • Lejeune v. McLaughlin, 299 Ga. 546 (2016) successfully set aside a guilty plea to murder because the plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered., 2016
  • State v. Tessler, 672 S.E.2d 522, (2009). Successfully overturned state criminal conviction on appeal of former Atlanta police officer convicted in the Kathryn Johnston shooting case., 2009
  • USA v. Magana-Sagrero, Northern District of Georgia, Client acquitted of gun charge in drug conspiracy case which was tried to a jury., 2009
  • Secretary of State v. Lamar Willis, Represented city councilman regarding allegations of fraud and mismanagement of his charity.  While he was fined for poor bookkeeping, Councilman Willis was exonerated of all allegations of fraud or misappropriation. , 2009
  • State v. Thackston, 289 Ga. 412 (2011) drafted amicus brief on behalf of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on case involving whether the exclusionary rule of the Fourth Amendment applies in probation revocation proceedings., 2011
  • United States v. Sean King, Successfully argued two motions to dismiss the indictment for failing to state a crime and obtained an acquittal by way of a Rule 29 motion. 2:13-CR-15-RWS, 2014
  • USA v. Phillip Hill et. al.,  U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia. Represented client in multi-million dollar mortgage fraud case.  The jury acquitted my client of several, but not all of the charges against him., 2007
  • City of College Park v. John Doe, obtained an acquittal for client charged with solicitation after a bench trial., 2011
  • Mayor & Alderman of Savannah v. Batson Cook 291 Ga. 114 (2012)  drafted responsive briefs and orally argued appeal for the original plaintiff., 2012
  • Cosmo v. State, 320 Ga. App. 397 (2013), represented client at sentencing and on appeal.  All convictions were set aside and a new trial ordered by the Georgia Court of Appeals., 2013
  • State v. Jamison, Superior Court of Newton County, Acquittal on Stalking, 2009
  • White v. White, Superior Court of Cobb County, Settled the case after filing motion for new trial., 2010
  • Akerele v. World Cargo Transport, Inc., successfully argued motion to dismiss in a Carriage of Goods by Sea Act case., 2011

Industry Groups

  • Appeals
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Office Location for Adam M. Hames

511 East Paces Ferry Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 470-575-1185

Fax: 404-842-9599

Last Updated: 6/15/2022

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