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 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

Christopher W. Adams is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), where he is currently serving as the Second Vice President.  From his firm's office in Charleston, Chris represents clients in South Carolina and Georgia in cases involving criminal defense, white collar crime and death penalty defense.   

Before opening his practice in 2007, he spent 15 years as a public defender or non-profit attorney, assisting clients in cases that ranged from driving offenses to capital murder. He served as the founding director of the Office of the Georgia Capital Defenders (2004-2007), served as a capital defense attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights (2000-2004), and was a trial attorney in the Charelston County Public Defender Office (1992-2000).  Chris has represented 75 men and women facing the death penalty in federal and state trial courts and none of his clients have been sentenced to death. 

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.

Mr. Adams received his law degree at Georgetown University (1992) and his undergraduate from the University of West Georgia (1988).

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 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018 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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Last Updated: 12/4/2017

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