Christopher W. Adams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, SC

The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, P.C.
 | 102 Broad Street, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-577-2153
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

With 25 years of experience, Christopher W. Adams, the founder of The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, P.C., represents clients in South Carolina and Georgia. From the firm's office in Charleston, he focuses his practice on cases involving criminal defense, white collar crime and death penalty defense.  Chris is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), where he is currently serving as the Second Vice President.  

As an undergraduate, Mr. Adams attended the University of West Georgia, earning his degree in 1988. In 1992, he was awarded his Juris Doctor by the Georgetown University Law Center and became licensed to practice law the same year. Before opening his practice, he spent 15 years as public defender, assisting clients in cases that ranged from driving offenses to capital murder. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the director of the Office of the Georgia Capital Defenders, where he handled 40 cases, all of which failed to result in the death penalty.

In 2000, Mr. Adams joined the Southern Center for Human Rights, where he defended those facing the death penalty. Some of the cases he won include acquittals for two different death row inmates, a DNA exoneration, and a lesser conviction and sentence for a death row inmate.

Chris has earned several awards and honors. In 2007, 2008 and 2016, he earned a President's Commendation award from the NACDL. He earned a Recognition of Service award from the organization in 2004. Mr. Adams additionally holds a 10.0 "Superb" rating from his peers through Avvo.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%): Criminal Law

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2005

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About Christopher Adams

Admitted: 1993, South Carolina

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Honors and Awards:

  • Achieved an Avvo of 10.0

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Seond Vice President, National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017-18 Secretary, National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016-17
  • Georgia Capital Defender, Director
  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2004-2009, 2010-2016
  • National Criminal Defense College, Faculty, 2005-present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Southern Center For Human Rights, 2000

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor, Charleston School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University

Educational Background:

  • East Tennessee State University, M.A. in Oral Storytelling , 2016

Industry Groups

  • Capital Defense
  • Complex Criminal Litigation
  • White Collar
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    Office Location for Christopher W. Adams

    102 Broad Street, Suite C
    Charleston, SC 29401

    Phone: 843-577-2153


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