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Mark Stephen Adams

Employment and labor Attorney at Stockton, CA

5.0   38 reviews

also known as Mark S Adams

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  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    85%
    All types of employment discrimination and wrongful termination, severance agreements sex harassment and retaliation

    39 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    10%
    I grew up as a personal injury lawyer before shifting my practice to employment discrimination but still handling large personal injury cases

    46 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Other
    5%

I HAVE MORE THAN 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE AND 58 JURY TRIALS TO VERDICT.

Mr. Adams is a trial lawyer emphasizing complex civil trials in the areas of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour cases, civil rights, insurance bad faith, and serious injuries. He is regularly asked to teach lawyers in continuing education events.

He has tried fifty eight (58) civil jury trials to verdict in eight counties during his thirty plus years as a lawyer including one where he obtained a judgment in excess of $500,000 for a client in Los Angeles County Superior Court following an eight day jury trial in a same sex harassment discrimination case against the law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the U.S.’s 50 largest law firms.

In a 2006 case in a San Joaquin County Superior Court case entitled the Chargin v. Stockton Port District. Mr. Adams was hired by the Port Commission as trial counsel in what turned out to be a three month jury trial involving nineteen plaintiffs who claimed 7.5 million dollars in damages resulting from the Port’s alleged maintenance of a nuisance. The jury returned 38 defense verdicts on behalf of Mr. Adams’ client.

Mr. Adams again represented the Stockton Port District in Federal District Court in Sacramento and obtained a $600,000 settlement against one of the Port’s insurance carriers, CNA who denied a covered claim.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2015

Location

The Law Office of Mark S. Adams
3031 W. March Lane, Suite 120
Stockton, CA, 95219-6500

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tracee | October 23, 2015
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Highly Recomended
Mark is a very efficient and effective attorney. I found mark to be honest and upfront about what to expect regarding the issue I hired him for as well as extremely professional and I would recommend him to friends and family. When looking for a litigator to handle employment issues I would highly recommend him. Tracee
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Wrongful Terminaton
Mark took my case when I was turned by three other attorneys. This was my first experience in dealing with an attorney, and I want to say that working with Mark made it much easier than I expected. He kept me fully informed at all times. He was very professional, dedicated, and hard working. My case was settled after 1-1/2 years due to Mark's hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2024
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Ureno v TJ MAXX
Contacted Mark Adam’s about a wrongful termination, and from the start it was clear he had good work ethic. Very straight the point, and had effective communication skills.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2023
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Amazing Work! Highly recommended!
If you are looking for an experienced, professional attorney willing to work in your best interest, look no further than Mark Adams. I was devastated when I was illegally terminated by my employer and was offered a very undesirable severance package in hopes I would sign my right to sue away for crumbs. Knowing that my firing was unethical, I contacted Mark who provided me all of the information I needed to know in order to move forward. He helped me every step of the way and and maintained in constant contact with their attorneys updating me after each conversation. Because of Mark’s advocation and diligence, I received almost a 500% increase to the amount I was offered. I would recommend Mark to anyone I know.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
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Skillful, Knowledgeable, Professional Lawyer
It was really a pleasure working with Mark Adams, from the initial phone call to the final step of my case, I had nothing less than satisfaction with Mark. Before retaining Mark Adams, I had approached several other attorneys, but they all declined to represent me after hearing that my employer was a higher educational institution. However, Mark was not afraid to take on big and powerful employers, even a higher educational institution. Mark means business and does not waste time. He promptly and professionally told whether I have a case or not. He also clearly told me the weaknesses of my case and how to address every one of them as the case proceeded. Even though my case was against a higher and powerful educational institution, Mark was able to fight for me, win the case and successfully secure a settlement in my favor from my former employer. He provided what I needed. Mark was easy to talk with. He answered all my questions, gave clear instructions on how to proceed and provided additional information when needed. He was approachable, knowledgeable, competent, experience, flexible and did an excellent job. I considered myself fortunate to have been represented by Mark Adams. I would recommend him again and again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
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Race Discrimination Lawsuit
I believed I was being targeted by my medical director at Emanuel Medical Center due to my Race. I reached out to Mark Adams in search of a lawyer. He explained to me that discrimination occurs when employees are treated differently than other employees because of their race. He listened to my stories and he took my case on. With his help I was able to prove I was indeed discriminated against and I received a nice settlement. He fought for me when no one else wanted to take my case and he didn’t accept the first offer. I would definitely refer him to anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly in their work place due to their race.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2022
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5 STAR REVIEW
Mark Adams was so very helpful with my claim. He answered every phone call, and all of my questions and concerns. He listened to me, knew what to ask, then applied his knowledge to get the resolution that he said he could. He talked me step by step through the process and kept me at ease through it all. I felt very comfortable with him. I very highly recommend Mark Adams
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Posted by Donna | July 24, 2021
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Powerhouse Attorney! Justice was Served!
I highly recommend Mark Adams. Mark is a highly skilled attorney that you want on your side! He provided excellent legal representation for me and advocated for my rights in an employment law case. He kept me fully informed throughout the process, was very attentive, and negotiated a settlement that was more than expected. He is dedicated, professional, and an amazing person that you can trust!
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2021
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Great Attorney, Awesome Person
Mark Adams is not only an excellent attorney but a really great guy. He listens, he ask questions and he takes action. I was referred to Mark by another attorney who stated that this is the guy who knows about employment law. Mark and I hit it off from the very first phone conversation and the relationship continued to build with honesty and trust. Mark’s knowledge of employment law proved his skill as an attorney and his determination to see that justice was done. He always had time to answer my questions and guide me through the process of our case. Mark is one of the most honest and caring people that I have had the privilege to get to know. I would highly recommend Mark Adams. Thank you Mark for taking my case!
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Posted by Nancy | April 12, 2021
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Excellent Employment Lawyer
I was nervous, I was scared, I was in shock when I got laid off from work being a top performer. My girlfriend that also was laid off interviewed several lawyers. I was on the fence to even go down this route. I just wanted to process what had happened to me and heal. Talking to Mark I felt a great sense or relief and a quick honest response on whether I had a case or not. Other lawyers we spoke to played with us in the sense that they were not giving us much feedback on whether or not we had a case and did not make me feel confident or give me the warm and fuzzes. They were so busy that it made me feel like "take a number and I will get back to you." Mark was busy but he stopped to take the time to help me coop and put my thoughts together. My mind was racing with events of incidents leading up to my dismissal. Mark patiently listened to me and all my crazy rants of events and after I was able to focus and get things out, he helped me organized my thoughts and list of events. I was nervous on cost and the whole emotion process that this situation entailed but Mark really put me at ease and gave me instant results with play by play on what to expect and how things work in the lawyer world. He really cares and it shows. Not to mention that you can't teach his experience. Mark knows his stuff, communicates beautifully, gets things done and comes in with full force energy and expertise. Expectation settings were above and beyond. I am happy with the outcome. Hopefully I never have to go through this process again but I would highly recommend him and he is highly regarded in my book.
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Posted by Ryan Freitas | February 11, 2021
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Excellent, attentive legal services
Mark provide our family with incredible legal representation in our employment law case. He was very attentive and knowledgeable about the law. We would definitely use him again.
Posted by Veronica | December 19, 2020
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Justice was served! Mark Adams made it happen!
Mark Adams was and is an amazing attorney, his style of work is professional, fair, honest, and he know's his stuff. I was able to trust him with my case and he proved himself well. The settlement we received was more than expected! I highly recommend Mark Adams to fight for your rights. He will get you justice you and what you deserve! Like he did for me and my case. Thanks again Mark for all you did, much appreciated! - Veronica
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Response from Mark Adams January 8, 2021
Thank your very much Veronica. I am humbled.
Posted by Patricia | December 6, 2020
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Wrongful termination
Mark made every thing from the beginning phone call to assess if I had a case, till the end, simple and easy. He let me choose how I wanted the case to proceed, just giving me enough information about how to proceed with each choice, that I was confident in my decisions. When I felt like it was too much, and expressed this, he gave me some options to help me get through this whole journey without pressure. He was truly an amazing help and lawyer. My case is now resolved. I am happy with my decisions and the whole experience was easier to deal with because of his expertise!
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2020
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Straight forward and puts in the work
I initially met with Mark Adams to see if I even had a case. I let him know what exactly happened and he was honest about where I had points at and where I didn’t. He worked hard on my case and got me a settlement that I could live with.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2020
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Great lawyer!
Mark is very professional, knowledgeable and gives clear information. He handled my case in a successful manner. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Tianna | September 12, 2019
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Amazing, Patient, Strong minded
I had a SH kind of case. Mark got everything we needed in a timely Matter. He’s an amazing Lawyer and Human being! He was my first choice for a lawyer and I’ll never regret it. He’s patient. Kind hearted and a great listener!
Posted by Nicole | July 16, 2019
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Good Attorney
Mark was amazing. He was resilient, extremely knowledgeable and sincere. He communicates well, responds to emails and calls promptly. I appreciate him for staying the course along a 2 year journey. Definitely recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2019
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SEXUAL HARRASSMENT -HIGHLY RECOMMEND*****
I'm very satisfied with the service I received from Mark Adams. He was very professional and highly skilled at all times. He was very understanding. He explained to me the process and kept me informed every step of the way. He was available to me when I had questions or new information was to be shared. Mr. Adams solved my case in a short period of time with a great settlement. I will refer him to anyone who needs his expertise don't hesitate to contact him. Best lawyer.
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Posted by Denisse | May 14, 2019
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Sexual Harrasment
After having a major problem at work and having 3 Attorneys turn me down, Mark was the only one to believe in me. He demonstrated the upmost professionalism, and truly showed he cared not only about the case, but about my well-being by always asking how I was doing. I had always been overwhelmed by lawyers, but Mark made it very easy to gain my trust! I really appreciated that he always kept me in the loop with everything that was happening as well as making sure everything was handled in a timely manner. I also appreciated that he was always available to me if I had any questions or doubts which would only be temporary because he would always reassure me that I was doing the right thing by standing up for myself. By doing so, this helped me gain confidence I did not have- so thank you again for that Mark! He flew down to Orange County to be with me during my deposition and made sure I wasn’t nervous by talking with me and making sure I was prepared for what to expect. This helped so much as I was worried of feeling triggered, but having him next to me was very calming. Once it came down to settlement, Mark made it so that the opposing team did not take advantage of me and that I get the Justice I deserved. I am so thankful that I found Mark, because if it wasn’t for him I would not be able to have my peace of mind back. I will always be indebted to him as I am now on a better mental journey! Thank you so much, Mark! Please do yourself a favor and hire the most experienced, professional, and tough when you need him to be— Mr. Mark Adams!
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Posted by Jessica | September 6, 2017
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Fantastic and I will tell you why
Mark has been my lawyer for two separate cases. When the second work related incident occurred, i didnt hesitate to call Mark. Mark is very sensitive to issues that need a soft touch. Going through what i was i didnot want an out of touch incompassionate lawyer. I appreciated his approch. He always "showed up". Emails were sent and reveived promptly, he was always easy to get ahold of and most importantly never said he was going to do anyrhing he didnt do. I never felt like i was "just another client" Lastly, his experience was exstensive. He communicated in a way that was easy to understand. I didnt have to deal with the legal jargon as with other lawyers.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Adams Employment Lawyer
  • 1977 - Present

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with High Honors
  • 1974

Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Advocate
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Defense Counsel
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2010
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 2004
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1986 - 1987
  • San Joaquin County Lawyer Referral Service
  • Chair
  • 1982 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • President's Award
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • 2004
  • Fellowship
  • Lyndon Baines Johsnon Foundation
  • 1975
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Employment Law 101
  • 2017
  • Teacher's Law School
  • The Civil Justice System
  • 2014
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • The Expedited Jury Trial in California
  • 2011
  • Northern California Fraud Investigators Association
  • RICO
  • 2004
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Insurance Attorney | Sep 14
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