John Adams has more than three decades of experience in representing plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation matters, particularly complex business disputes, in both federal and state courts. In the past decade Mr. Adams has handled approximately 20 major trust and estate litigation matters that have involved trust and will interpretation issues, undue influence claims, constructive trusts, testamentary capacity/competency disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, trust and estate administration contests or non-contestability provisions. Some of these matters were resolved through litigation, most through mediation. Mr. Adams’s firsthand knowledge of the dynamics, expense, risks, and rewards of probate litigation enable him to help parties successfully navigate their way through these often emotionally charged and challenging conflicts.
Mr. Adams is qualified and willing to mediate in the following areas:
- Trust and Estate Litigation
- Complex Business Disputes
- Contract Disputes
- Partnership and LLC Disputes
- Fiduciary Claims
- Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
- Cybersecurity and Privacy
Mr. Adams is a shareholder of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker where he previously served as
Managing Director of the firm (2007-2015) and then President (2015-2018). He is a former
President of the Utah State Bar (2002-2003) and the Salt Lake County Bar (1994-1995). Mr.
Adams and his wife, Lisa, recently returned from serving for 18 months as government relations representatives on behalf of Latter-day Saint Charities at the United Nations in New York.
Mr. Adams received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School (Editor-in-Chief, BYU Law
Review) and his formal mediation training from CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. He has
served on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel since 2006. In 2016 Mr. Adams became a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Mr. Adams has been recognized for many years in the field of business litigation by Mountain States Super Lawyers, Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” and Chambers USA. He also has been included as a “Legal Elite” in 2015 and 2016 in the category of Arbitrator/Mediator.
Mr. Adams is the author of “What Utah Judges Have to Say About Trust and Estate Litigation—Survey Results,” Utah Bar Journal, Vol. 29 No. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2016 issue)