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I’ve always been drawn to the notion of defending the underdog, and believe that my success as a criminal defense lawyer stems largely from my willingness to challenge (and hopefully defy) the odds on behalf of my clients.  In my line of work, it’s essential to project confidence when you’re positioned between an accused individual and the state or federal government.   

Mr. Adams concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, internal investigations, attorney ethics matters and disciplinary proceedings, and complex commercial litigation.  With a national practice that has encompassed the representation of high profile individuals, Mr. Adams has served as counsel to professional athletes, elected officials and candidates for public office, political campaigns, and numerous public and private business entities.

With a demonstrated track record of success in taking on difficult matters, Mr. Adams has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.  His experience includes appearances before the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Northern District of California, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, District of South Dakota, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He has argued significant matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division, and before other state courts including those in Florida and Alabama.  

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law (2017)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Criminal Defense practice area (2012 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2010 - present)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers - New Jersey Rising Stars (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Criminal Defense practice area (2006 - 2011)
  • Included by the New Jersey Law Journal (a publication of ALM Media Properties, LLC) on its 2007 "40 Under 40" list (now "New Leaders of the Bar")
  • Recipient of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Professional Achievement Award (2006)

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Uniquely NJ

  • Trustee, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey; past President (2016-2017)
  • Member, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Former member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges
  • Former member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials
  • Former member, New Jersey Chief Justice's Joint Committee on Criminal Justice
  • Former member, New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics District V-C Ethics Committee
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Mr. Adams is the former general counsel of a private corporation operating in a highly regulated industry
  • While attending law school, Mr. Adams served as President of the Seton Hall Law Student Bar Association

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Departments

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1998

University of West Virginia, B.A. cum laude, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1999

Christopher D. Adams Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Christopher D. Adams Ranked in New Jersey Super Lawyers

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.