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Joseph Martin Adams

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Costa Mesa, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Joseph is a native of Southern California. He earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton, where he was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma (national criminal justice honor society). Joseph earned his law degree from Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, where he graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. While attending law school, Joseph was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society, designated a Sayre Macneil Scholar, received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Scholarship, and received the First Honors Award (highest grade in class) in Civil Procedure, Civil Discovery and Criminal Procedure.

After graduating law school, Joseph accepted a position as an associate with the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Newport Beach. At Stradling, Joseph practiced in the area of general municipal law, which involved advising clients on the applicability and requirements of Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and various other matters relative to general municipal and local government law. Joseph regularly attended city council and planning commission meetings to render advice concerning a variety of legal issues, such as applications for discretionary land use and development permits, the applicability and application of the Subdivision Map Act and general procedural rules governing the conduct of public meetings. Joseph frequently drafted resolutions and ordinances, including ordinances that regulate land use and personal/business activity and conduct, including ordinances that impose a business license requirement on the owners of residential rental property, regulate land use relative to the sale of alcohol and regulate the sale of tobacco products. He also routinely engaged in litigation concerning the scope, applicability and constitutionality of local regulatory ordinances, compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and tort claims involving public entities.

Joseph is excited to now focus his practice in the area of consumer bankruptcy law, which he finds extremely rewarding because he has the opportunity to assist individuals who are experiencing financial distress exercise their right to bankruptcy relief and a fresh start. Joseph regularly counsels clients on the availability of relief under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, explores non-bankruptcy alternatives, files cases on behalf of clients under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and represents and advises clients on various other bankruptcy-related matters, such as issues involving the automatic stay, lien avoidance and stripping, dischargeability of particular debt and a variety of other contested matters. Joseph’s goal is to provide exceptional, efficient and highly personalized service to clients.


Adams & Pham APC
575 Anton Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2013
Review of Joseph M. Adams
Joe was responive to my inquiries and kept me up-to-date on how the bankruptcy was going. He made it easier to get through a tough time in my life.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2013
My 2nd good experience with a lawyer
Mr. Adams was very responsive to my needs, not pushy as some had been, answered my questions, and continued to render great service even when he was out of the country on a prearranged vacation
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2012
Excellent Service
Very efficient and knowlegable. Extremely happy with Mr. Adams service.
Posted by Barbara | July 12, 2012
Excellent Professional Service
Joseph Adams provided excellent professional service. He guided me through the process and made it easy to understand. He walked me through all the necessary steps and provided links to follow. He moved the paperwork along in a timely and professional manner. Joe, answered all my questions clearly and without hestiation. I highly recommend Mr. Josephs Adams.
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Posted by Bob | January 14, 2012
Joseph Martin Adams
Joseph Adams steped in to clean up a bankruptcy case for me my case was stalled when my lawyer became ill and was not able to continue with the case Joseph took over the case at no exter cost to me and completed the case quickley and professionally with a result exactly as he explained,I would hire Joseph again any time I need a lawyer.
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Posted by Joe | January 14, 2012
Working with Joseph Adams
Unfortunately due to the downturn in our economy I had to make the difficult decision of filling for bankruptcy. I did not take this decision lightly. Once I made the decision I was referred to Mr. Adams. Feeling less than good about myself Joe explained the workings of my filling, kept me informed all through the process and even counseled me on the advantages of filling and always reminded me that I was not the only one in this situation. He explained the law to me and how it was set up to help people in my situation. I was very happy to meet Mr. Adams. He truly delivered and now I can move forward with my life minus all the stress I was going through. Thank you Joe.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Adams & Pham APC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
  • 2010 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Joseph M. Adams
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
  • 2006 - 2010
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  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rubin v. City of Lancaster, 802 F.Supp.2d 1107 (C.D. Cal. 2011)


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Roundtable Discussion: "Is the Constitution a 'Living' Document"
  • Constitutional Interpretation and Construction
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Joe for about a year and a half. He is one of the brightest lawyers I've met in my career. He easily understands and distills difficult areas of law, applies that in remarkably challenging situations, and always strives for - and, more often than not, obtains - incredibly spectacular results for his clients. I will continue to work with Joe. I strongly endorse him!"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe Adams, is one of the finest Bankruptcy lawyers I know. He really knows how to think outside of the box. He is easy to work with, and he has a lot of patience. I recommend anyone considering bankruptcy to give Joe Adams a call."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Joseph is an extremely knowledgeable practitioner who takes the time to thoroughly understand his client's issues and devise the best solutions. His dedication and expertise is a great asset to his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Joseph is dedicated to his profession and his clients. He is an invaluable resource when it comes to technical and practical legal advice."