Referee Gail A. Adams was born in Guyana, South America. After migrating to the United States, at the tender age of 16, she attended P.S. 275 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where her family resided. She quickly rose to the top of her class graduating valedictorian and moving on to Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York County. At Martin Luther King, Jr., she progressed and excelled by achieving a full scholarship to Colgate University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies and Sociology.
After College, Referee Adams attended Touro Law Center in Huntington, NY, where she received her Juris Doctorate. Her first job after law school was with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. After three years with the Legal Aid Society, she went onto Upton, Cohen and Slamowitz where she handled debt collection and foreclosure work.
In 2004, Referee Adams decided to go out on a limb and open a general practice private practice in Kings County. In private practice, she specializing in Landlord/Tenant, Family Law and Real Estate practice. During this time, she has mentored many new lawyers and interns.
In 2012, Referee Adams closed her practice to join the Unified Court System as the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable, Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of New York City. As Principal Law Clerk, Referee Adams worked on matrimonial cases and served as a Referee in the foreclosure part in Queens County. She also was responsible for training Newly Admitted attorneys in the areas of Landlord and Tenant as well as Matrimonial practice through the Court’s volunteer Lawyers’ program.
In 2015, Referee Adams was appointed a Referee with the Family Court and was assigned to New York County handling Custody, Visitation and Orders of Protection cases.
Referee Adams’s proudest achievements are her loving husband and her two sons Jonathan and Brandon.