specializes in the defense of toxic
tort and product liability litigation involving asbestos,
lead, food toxins, underground tanks, and other chemicals
in personal injury, property damage, and long-term/latent
injury litigation actions. Ms. Adams has completed numerous
jury trials in most of the Bay Area Superior Courts, otherwise
successfully resolved complex cases, and has participated
in the development of complex litigation rules for the Superior
and Federal courts.
Adams also has significant experience and expertise in appellate
law. She has filed and defended appeals, writs, and petitions
before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme
Court, and the Federal Courts of Appeal. Ms. Adams handles
appeals in which she has not been involved in the underlying
You can read Ms. Adams' views on toxic tort and chemical exposure issues at her blog, Toxics Defense.
Adams received her B.A. in Political Science from California
State University at Fullerton in 1977 and her J.D. from the
University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1981. She is admitted
to practice in California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and
Eastern Districts of California.