Christopher W. Adams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, SC

Adams & Bischoff, P.C.
 | 171 Church Street, Suite 210
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-277-9443
Fax: 877-883-9114
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

Chris Adams is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), where he is currently serving as the Second Vice President.  Half of Chris' practice is dedicated to defending clients facing the death penalty at trial in federal courts througout the county.  The other half of his practice involves representing clients in South Carolina and Georgia in a variety of criminal cases from allegations of complex financial crimes, to criminal sexual conduct, to misdemeanors.     

Before opening his practice in 2007, he spent 15 years serving clients as a public defender or non-profit attorney. 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 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).  In an effort to grow as an advocate, he recently received a M.A. in Oral Storytelling from ETSU (2016).  

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

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


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005

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About Christopher Adams

Admitted: 1993, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • Achieved an Avvo of 10.0

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Southern Center For Human Rights, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


  • USA v. Tevin Glover, acquitted on all counts in federal court involving allegations of bank robbery, a Harris Teeter robbery, and guns.  The defendant was not involved with the bank robbery crew.  , 2018
  • USA v. Williamson, acquitted on all counts in federal court on allegation of assualt with intent to kill. The defendant acted in self defense.  , 2014

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

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

171 Church Street
Suite 210
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-277-9443

Fax: 877-883-9114

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Last Updated: 11/30/2018

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