A criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years experience in state and federal courts.
Chris has spent his entire career defending individuals accused of crimes by the government.
The son of two public school teachers, Chris grew up in Carrollton, Georgia. He first came to the lowcountry in 1993 to be a public defender. After spending 10 years in Atlanta, where he ran a statewide public defense office, Chris and his family returned to the Charleston area in 2010.
They live in Mt. Pleasant, attend the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, and kayak in the marshes and rivers around their house.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1992||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognition of Service||National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2004|
|N/A||Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, PC||2007 - Present|
|N/A||Georgia Capital Defender, Director||2004 - 2007|
|N/A||South Center for Human Rights||2000 - 2004|
|N/A||Charleston (SC) Public Defender||1993 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board of Directors||2004 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||life member||1993 - Present|
|South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Georgetown Law Center||Dean's Advisory Board||2000 - 2004|
|USA v. Williamson||July 2014 federal acquittal on all counts|
|USA v. Casey||Won a life verdict in 2013 in a three month federal death penalty trial in Puerto Rico.|
|USA v. Doe||Client not charged in white collar fraud investigation.|
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|The Champion magazine||Faces of Death: Problems with Alabama's Death Penalty||2001|
|The Champion magazine||columnist for "Death Watch," 2001-2004||2000|
|University of West Georgia||N/A||N/A||1988|
|More than 100 presentations in 30 states||Criminal defense advocacy including forensics, cross examination, theory of the case, voir dire, argument, litigation strategy, etc.||2013|
|National Criminal Defense College, faculty since 2005||criminal defense advocacy||2010|
|Death Penalty Voir Dire College, faculty since 2003||criminal defense advocacy||2010|