Joe Adams was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and was raised in Buncombe County. As a boy, Joe spent warm summer days in the forest behind his house pretending he was Robin Hood fighting the Sheriff of Nottingham with a homemade bow and arrow.
In 1977, Joe joined the Army. He was trained as an X-Ray tech and a Medic. He volunteered for evening and weekend shifts at the hospital because he enjoyed emergency medicine. After four years in the Army, Joe took an honorable discharge. He completed college at UNC-Asheville, graduated Cum Laude, and went to Wake Forest School of Law on a merit scholarship. After earning his license to practice law, Joe headed east to the North Carolina Coast. He spent the next seven years in Dare County practicing a little of everything: general litigation, personal injury law, real estate law, criminal law, commercial law, domestic law, and fishing. But Joe wanted to make a difference.
Long ago, Shakespeare wrote: “Here’s a fish hangs in the net like a poor man’s right in the law; ‘twill hardly come out.” Insurance companies and big corporations use their politicians and their silk stocking lawyers to take advantage of real people. Joe wanted to fight them like he had fought the Sheriff of Nottingham in his childhood dreams. So, Joe ignored Thomas Wolfe’s advice, and returned home to Asheville. In 1996, he opened his own practice to fight the corporate bullies of the world.
In his most famous case, Joe took on BB&T and the directors of a local mutual bank. BB&T made a deal with the directors of the bank to takeover the bank without paying the people that really owned it, the depositors. The deal would have made millions of dollars for BB&T and the bank directors. Joe was followed by a detective. The bank’s lawyers threatened to have him arrested and disbarred. Joe was scared as hell because people get killed for a lot less, but he stood his ground, and BB&T was stopped. Later, Joe helped win millions of dollars for his clients in a class action against BB&T.
Today, Joe continues to fight for real people against the insurance companies of distracted drivers and against careless corporations.