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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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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 50%
    24 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 40%
    24 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    24 years, 3 thousand cases


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Richard A. Grossman

    I enthusiastically endorse Chris Adams. He is a tireless advocate for his clients and a well-respected attorney among defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges.


    Richard Grossman Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, P.C.

102 Broad Street
Suite C
Charleston, SC, 29401-2276


SCGood Standing199303/07/2013
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidential commendationNACDL2008
Presidential commendationNACDL2007
Recognition of ServiceNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Christopher W. Adams, PC2007 - Present
N/AGeorgia Capital Defender, Director2004 - 2007
N/ASouth Center for Human Rights2000 - 2004
N/ACharleston (SC) Public Defender1993 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyerslife member1993 - Present
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Georgetown Law CenterDean's Advisory Board2000 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USA v. WilliamsonJuly 2014 federal acquittal on all counts
USA v. CaseyWon a life verdict in 2013 in a three month federal death penalty trial in Puerto Rico.
USA v. DoeClient not charged in white collar fraud investigation.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Champion magazineFaces of Death: Problems with Alabama's Death Penalty2001
The Champion magazinecolumnist for "Death Watch," 2001-20042000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of West GeorgiaN/AN/A1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
More than 100 presentations in 30 statesCriminal defense advocacy including forensics, cross examination, theory of the case, voir dire, argument, litigation strategy, etc.2013
National Criminal Defense College, faculty since 2005criminal defense advocacy2010
Death Penalty Voir Dire College, faculty since 2003criminal defense advocacy2010