Mr. Adams has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, serving in his first years after law school in various positions as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including special assistant to the chief of the Common Carrier (now Wireline Competition) Bureau. He has since been in private practice in Washington, D.C., exclusively representing telecom companies of all kinds.
Mr. Adams represents Internet service providers, information service providers, prepaid calling card companies, long distance companies, broadband companies, competitive local service providers, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and wireless carriers in both federal and state regulatory matters, as well as in contract negotiations and related matters. For clients with no in-house attorneys, he often provides general legal counseling services. In that capacity, he has worked on mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, corporate restructuring and various litigation matters.
Mr. Adams also assists clients in telecom litigation, including access charge disputes, defense of class action lawsuits and enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), FCC, state Public Utility Commissions and state Attorneys General.
Representative ExperienceHighlights of Mr. Adams' representation include:
Negotiated three of the first six consent decrees with the FTC under the CAN-SPAM Act.
Handled key FCC enforcement matters, including several Universal Service Fund disputes and appeals, high-profile numbering disputes (e.g., 800-RED-CROSS and 800-SUICIDE), do-not-call actions, truth-in-billing complaints, intercarrier formal complaints, and one of only two FCC "death penalty" cases ever brought against telecom carriers (the case was settled without decertification of the client).
Argued case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, resulting in the reversal of FCC approval of alarm company aspects of the Communications Act and the mandatory divestiture of $1 billion worth of acquired assets.
Argued case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, resulting in the reversal of portions of the FCC's universal service fund rules and creation of the "12 percent rule" for USF assessments on international calling.
Represented defendants in more than a dozen class action lawsuits in both federal and state courts, including in Illinois, California, Washington state and Nevada.
Argued various cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit appealing the rules implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Represented a carrier in California state court litigation against another carrier for violations of the Lanham Act for unfair comparative advertising, obtaining a multimillion-dollar judgment.
Successfully sued a local telephone company in federal court in Missouri for wrongly charging a long distance carrier for receiving wireless mobile telephone calls.
Negotiated consent decrees settling cases brought by the Attorneys General of California, Florida, Wisconsin and New York against a telecom carrier for allegedly deceptive advertising of long distance rates.
Negotiated consent decrees with several Attorneys General, including New Jersey and Florida, over disclosures in advertising and packaging of prepaid calling cards.
Memberships & AssociationsFederal Communications Bar Association
Honors & AwardsRanked in the 2008 and 2009 editions of Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the telecommunications and broadcast & satellite regulatory area.
Recommended in the 2009 edition of US Legal 500 for his work with the telecommunications practice.
Received the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Listed in Madison's "Who's Who" among attorneys.