Joe's Story

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.


Admitted to Practice:

North Carolina State Bar
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
Tribal Court of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee


U.S. Army - Medic, X-Ray Tech


Wake Forest School of Law 1983-1986
University of North Carolina at Asheville 1981-1983
Asheville School 1969-1973
Gibbons Hall 1960- 1968
Trial Lawyers College 2001, 2004


American Advocates for Justice
American Bar Association
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Past Board of Directors
Past Chair Auto Torts Section
North Carolina Bar Association

Community (past or present):

Board of Directors Jubilee Community Church
Chair UNCA Alumni Association
Board of Trustees of UNCA
Chair GPS Home Owners Association
Precinct Chair - Democratic Party


Apple Stuff


Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird
Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Author: Stephen King
Musician: Eric Clapton
Musician B. B. King
Musician: Jimmy Buffett
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Joe Adams Law, 107 Merrimon Avenue, Ste B, Asheville, North Carolina 28801