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Christopher Wayne Adams

Federal crime Attorney at Charleston, SC

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Chris

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  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 31 years
    Georgia - GA 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1993
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1992
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    Defends complex fed. cases from white collar to RICO. Recently handled cases in these federal districts: GA (middle), GA (northern), KY (eastern), NC (western), NM, NY (southern), NY (eastern), PA (eastern), PR, SC, and TN (middle).

    32 years, 250 cases

  2. Sex crime
    Sex crimes defense in federal and state court ranging from false allegations of rape to computer crimes.

    32 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense attorney experienced and effective in state court.

    32 years, 3,000 cases

  4. White collar crime
    Recently won a Fourth Circuit appeal with a white collar sentencing issue.

    32 years


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.   

Photos and videos

Pictured outside the military courthouse at Gitmo in 2009, Chris had been asked by the NACDL and ACLU to participate in the John Adams Project, which teamed civilian counsel with the assigned military counsel in defending the five 9/11 defendants.


Adams & Bischoff
171 Church St Suite 360
Charleston, SC, 29401


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Candice | May 22, 2014
Christopher Adams, my hero!
Mr. Adams was successful in getting a 5 year prison + 5 years probation sentence reduced to time served, about 75 days; he is smart, well prepared, eloquent and very bright. My family thinks hes the best attorney. I concur.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2013
Chris Adams is an outstanding lawyer. With my case, he had a plan from the beginning and followed through with every aspect. He did exactly what he had planned, and my case was dismissed. Not once was I unsure of his abilities. Chris' confidence, presence, and knowledge of criminal law, make him a wise choice for legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2021
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Legal Savior
Chris Adams came through & delivered when I needed him most. Zero jail time. Charges dismissed & an incredible resource during a difficult time. Not only were my legal issues resolved by working with Chris... but I received much needed advice & insight to set my life back on track. Chris gave me the opportunity to make a comeback. I have since been able to do a 180 in virtually every aspect of my life. Will always be grateful for his work. You could not hire a better attorney !!!
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Posted by JV | September 2, 2020
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Federal case
I was looking at 5yrs federal case,marijuana. Chris Adams was always there and made my process easy, even when I was worried. Today I go home .No Jail Time ...THE BEST Thank you sir !!!
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2018
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Great Attorney
Chris is a great attorney that really understands the definition of empathy. During my time working with Chris he consulted me on all relevant outcomes and ensured he was available for any questions that I may have had. Chris made himself available to me through text, email and phone as we were in different states. As a result of his thorough follow up, we never had to enter the courtroom. I highly recommend Chris for any of your attorney needs. He is a great lawyer; moreover, he’s a great human.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
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Excellent lawyer that cares!
Chris is very knowledgeable and puts that knowledge to work for you! We went through a complicated (and tedious) process in my husbands federal white collar case. There were many obstacles to overcome (ex; being prosecuted in a different state other than where we reside) and he creatively found solutions to those obstacles, including getting the case transfer back to our home state. He went the extra mile to contact multiple state agencies on my husbands behalf to get minor issues corrected, even though were not directly associated with the case at hand. Chris let us know exactly what outcome we should expect and worked with the prosecutor so that there ended up being no surprises. He was ALWAYS available to both of us and responded quickly to calls or emails, even though he was busy with other federal cases around the country. Chris's fees were fair and he worked very hard to represent my husband. He definitely earned his fee and then some. I am so thankful to have found him. He is a genuine nice guy who is willing to help others however he can.
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Posted by Charles | January 18, 2017
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Help in Las Vegas
In November 2015 I was arrested in Las Vegas NV on a Federal white collar charge and extradited to S. Carolina. I have no family friends or contacts there. During my lengthy trip from LV to SC my wife was lucky enough to come across Chris Adams on Avvo. Out of desperation she sent Chris and 4 other lawyers an email. With it being Sunday afternoon she was not expecting a return call until Monday. So when Chris called her within a couple of hours she was very surprised (FYI no one else called). I arrived to SC the next day and my first court date was the day after, Chris was there waiting. The way Chris argued my side and ultimately was able to get me released on bond and back to my family, I knew he was the right attorney. There were a few obstacles I had to over come that were indirectly associated with my case. Chris assisted me greatly with issues at Las Vegas DMV and issues on an old problem in Florida. This was not part of what I hired Chris for but he went the extra mile for me. Fast forward to Jan 2017 I am still with my family in LV and Chris was able to negotiate time served with 1 yr probation. The charge could have put me in prison for up to 5 yrs!!!. I'm sure I have left out a few things I should mentioned, however if you are in need of a fair, honest , dedicated, hard working attorney Chris Adams is who I would hire. Thanks again Chris your the best....... Charles
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 1, 2016
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Represented My don
Counselor Adams helped my son when he needed him the most. He advised my son well & for three cases my son was dismissed on all counts. It was amazing the time, patience, and amplitude counselor Adams took to see all and orient me as the mother, as well as my son. I wanted a counselor that understood the plight of young African American and how the system of justice can have a tremendous affect on their lives. Counselor Adams represented other inmates with worst conditions and that is how I decided to move forward and have him represent my son. His fee is fair as well. Overall, I would recommend Counselor Adams to anyone that needs legal representation.
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Posted by Avery | June 27, 2016
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Chris Adams was my attorney for a minor in possession. He met with me and was very understanding and easy to talk to. He explained exactly what he was doing and what was going on in the process of my charge/court date. I would recommend him to anybody in need of legal help.
Posted by Sharon | June 24, 2016
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Would highly recommend Chris
Our 19 year old daughter got in some trouble in college. We hired Chris and he was professional, courteous and wonderful dealing with our teenager. Chris worked with our daughter and helped her to understand her case and the issues surrounding it. He communicated well with us and walked us through the legal process. Chris was able to get my daughters case dismissed, and she did service hours. I would recommend Chris for his knowledge of the law and legal system, and for his professional and courteous demeanor. He helped to make a scary situation a lot less scary for us all.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2016
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Chris Adams is a wonderful man. I was referred to him by a friend and he got me the best possible outcome I could have expected for a very reasonable price. I highly recommend at least consulting him to see how he can help.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
Chris was able to get my charges dropped and expunged.
Chris did a great job helping me during my legal trouble. He was very responsive and willing to take the time to meet with me and go over my case. He was great at getting me updates and assured me he was in the case. In the end Chris was able to get all charges dropped and expunged from my record. I highly recommend Chris!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
Great Criminal Defense Attorney
After being contacted by the FBI in a white collar investigation, one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the US referred me to Chris. I had not committed any crimes but being investigated by the government can be very scary. I hired Chris to ensure my status in the investigation remained as a key witness. Chris provided amazing guidance during the many steps of the investigation. Chris kept me informed every step of the way and in the end, the government did file any charges against me.
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Posted by Brandon | September 26, 2014
I called Chris, he had never met or spoke with me before, but he treated me with kindness & respect right off the bat. I knew immediately that I had chosen the right man for the job. And was I correct!! He took the (bull) case by the horns & got it done without one ounce of hassle. His word was Gold! His work beyond question! I HIGHLY Recommend him to everyone!!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-475 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Adams Bischoff LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, PC
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Georgia Capital Defender, Director
  • 2004 - 2007
  • South Center for Human Rights
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Charleston (SC) Public Defender
  • 1993 - 2000
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  • East Tennessee State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2016
  • Georgetown University
  • law
  • 1992
  • University of West Georgia
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • life member
  • 1993 - Present
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - 2017
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Georgetown Law Center
  • Dean's Advisory Board
  • 2000 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential commendation
  • 2008
  • Presidential commendation
  • 2007
  • Recognition of Service
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2004


  • The Champion magazine
  • Faces of Death: Problems with Alabama's Death Penalty
  • 2001
  • The Champion magazine
  • columnist for "Death Watch," 2001-2004
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • More than 150 presentations on criminal defense in more than 35 states
  • Criminal defense advocacy including forensics, cross examination, theory of the case, voir dire, argument, litigation strategy, etc.
  • 2017
  • Death Penalty Voir Dire College, faculty since 2003
  • criminal defense advocacy
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Chris Adams without hesitation or qualification. I was lucky enough to study under Chris at the National Criminal Defense College. He is an outstanding attorney and advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Chris Adams. He is a tireless advocate for his clients and a well-respected attorney among defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Chris for many years and personally know him to be skilled in and dedicated to his work in criminal defense. His experience in death penalty defense has exposed him to the top level of this area of practice and every aspect of this work we do. He believes in what he does and knows how to do it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. What can I say about Chris? He is clearly one of the smartest lawyers around; he can clearly see the big picture in every case, and he is extremely creative. Whenever I need assistance with some matter, I talk to Chris who can help parse out issues like nobody else. Besides my endorsement, look at his body of work. He is one of the preeminent death penalty lawyers in the United States, and he has handled cases all around the country. He also does some state and federal work. If you need an attorney and you hire Chris, you are in the best of hands."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Charleston Federal crime Lawyer Christopher Wayne Adams
Christopher Wayne Adams
Federal crime Attorney
Charleston, SC
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available