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Jean Murrell Adams

Jean Murrell Adams

ADAMS ESQ, A Professional Corporation
Senior Managing Attorney
Oakland, CA, USA


Jean Murrell Adams opened the law firm of ADAMS ESQ in October of 2002.  Ms. Adams’ experiences in advocating for a child with exceptional needs compelled her to establish a special education law practice.  The over 25 attorneys, advocates and staff of ADAMS ESQ are committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities by advocating for free and appropriate education.  ADAMS ESQ has expanded to six locations throughout California and Nevada.

Prior to founding ADAMS ESQ, Ms. Adams formed the litigation department at DreamWorks, where she managed all litigation matters relating to the film studios’ theatrical, television, home video and interactive gaming divisions worldwide.  Ms. Adams was recruited to DreamWorks from Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. where as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, she represented Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Television, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Game Show Network and other subsidiaries.

Ms. Adams received her B.A. in 1983 from Princeton University and her J.D. in 1986 from the University of Southern California Law Center.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Adams has a long history of professional and community service.  She has served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section, the State Bar Ethnic Minority Relations Committee, the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee (as an alumni interviewer) and on the USC Law Center Board of Councilors.  She is also a long-time supporter and former Vice President of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Ms Adams has authored numerous newspaper, blog and magazine articles, media presentations and co-authored book publications including the well-received Internet Guide for California Lawyers, 3rd Ed. (2001) and The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firm, published by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, (2011).  Ms. Adams was recently recognized by KQED public radio in San Francisco and Wells Fargo Bank as a Women's History Month Unsung Hero for her service on behalf of low-income children with special education needs.

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