Joshua D. Adams

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Joshua D. Adams


Mr. Adams joined the Litigation Practice Group at McCormick Barstow LLP in 2024.

Mr. Adams has extensive experience across all phases of complex state and federal court litigation. He most recently spent more than five years working for Magistrate Judge Stanley Boone at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. There he engaged in all manner of civil litigation including for constitutional claims, tort claims, class actions, administrative appeals, business and employment disputes,  FLSA collective actions, PAGA representative actions, and ERISA claims. While at the Eastern District, Mr. Adams also worked on various criminal matters including trials.

Mr. Adams has recently served as an outside consultant to the legal writing program at the San Joaquin College of Law.

Mr. Adams previously worked at a California office of an AmLaw 100 law firm where he litigated claims in both state and federal court, including complex commercial contract and construction disputes, real estate disputes, and environmental claims under CERCLA. He also provided counsel in areas including contracts, commercial leasing, employment law, real estate transactions, short-term rental restrictions and associated city lobbying efforts, land use due diligence for a nationwide company expansion, and for a major agricultural producer regarding agricultural preserves under the California Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act).

Mr. Adams worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C. litigating claims in federal courts including under the Constitution, Administrative Procedure Act,  and Inspector General Act, and provided counsel in matters involving the False Claims Act, contracts, business disputes, fraud, trademarks, and immigration.

While attending law school, Mr. Adams worked for an organization litigating claims under the Freedom of Information Act, First Amendment, & Copyright Act, where he conducted research at the National Archives, Library of Congress & U.S. Copyright Office, and tackled questions of first impression in the cutting edge field of national security law for cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Adams also worked in-house for a corporation assisting with the creation and management of commercial contracts, and researching issues of compliance with federal and state laws, including the SOX Act, and HIPAA.

Juris Doctor, 2014                                                           
George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Submissions Editor, The Federal Circuit Bar Journal
U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2010                                                               
University of California, Irvine
cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Golden Key
Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, Spring 2009 Global Security Program
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Fall 2008 International Law Program

Mr. Adams has experience in all aspects and phases of litigation, and focuses his practice on all manner of complex disputes involving constitutional claims, business, real estate, intellectual property, and employment, including class and representative actions.

Mr. Adams is a member of both the State Bar of California, and State Bar of New York. Mr. Adams is admitted in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Adams was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the office of the United States President, based on pro bono legal work.

Mr. Adams worked as a researcher for a biography of Robert Kennedy that ultimately became a New York Times Bestselling book. During this process, he conducted extensive research at the National Archives and Library of Congress; filed FOIA & state records requests; and cataloged Department of Justice policy records of multiple administrations.

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