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Joseph H. Adams focuses his legal practice exclusively on business-related matters, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and business transactions.  In other words, he effectively acts as an outside general counsel for a number of small companies.  His practice includes the purchase or sale of a business, contract negotiations, the acquisition or leasing of commercial real estate, municipal land use regulation and litigation with municipalities to challenge their administrative rulings, and other litigation arising from his clients’ business affairs.  In representing the business-oriented individuals who are his clients, Mr. Adams provides advice regarding employment issues that are frequently the subject of litigation, such as those involving restrictions on the use of confidential or proprietary business information, and the non-competition agreements that are often part of executive employment arrangements. He has represented businesses and individuals in adversary proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, usually on an of counsel basis with firms that specialize in bankruptcy.

Bar Memberships and Other Professional Activities

Mr. Adams is admitted to the New York bar, and to the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Bar Association of the City of New York. Mr. Adams acts as a private mediator of commercial disputes.

Education and History of Legal Practice

Mr. Adams received his B.A. degree in philosophy with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1971 and his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1977.  Mr. Adams was associated with significant firms in New York, doing commercial litigation from 1977 to 1987.  In that year he opened his own office in New York City. He now bases his New York metropolitan area practice in Nyack, N.Y.