Mark S. Adams

Business Representative, 2016-18
Mark Adams
Law Office of Mark S. Adams, Northern California Office, 3031 W. March Lane, Suite 120 Stockton, CA. 95219-6500



Mark S. Adams Rated “AV Preeminent” by his peers which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards recognized by Martindale Hubbell.


Mr. Adams is a 1974 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he graduated with High Honors, with a B.A. in history. He received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1977 passed the bar exam on his first try and was admitted to the Bar that same year.

While attending McGeorge School of Law, he was awarded a Lyndon Baines Johnson Fellowship in 1975, and worked on in Washington D.C. as a legislative intern for the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, the Honorable John J. McFall.

Bar Admission:

State Bar of California- December, 1977
Federal District Court- Eastern District of California 1977, Central District of California 1985, Northern District of California- 2008, Southern District 2011.

Professional Memberships:

Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates-1995 Current Rank of Advocate
California Employment Lawyers Association
Association of Defense Council Northern California and Nevada
Northern California Fraud Investigators Association

Career Experience:

Mr. Adams joined Mayall, Hurley P.C. in 1979 and became a shareholder in 1985. Previously, he was an associate in the Law Office of Harold J. Willis. Mr. Adams is a trial lawyer emphasizing complex civil trials in the areas of employment discrimination, civil rights, insurance bad faith, personal injury, public entity law and real estate.

He has tried fifty eight (58) civil jury trials to verdict in eight counties including one in 2006 in San Joaquin County Superior Court entitled the Chargin v. Stockton Port District. Mr. Adams was hired by the Port Commission as trial counsel in what turned out to be a three month jury trial involving nineteen plaintiffs who claimed 7.5 million dollars in damages resulting from the Port’s alleged maintenance of a nuisance. The jury returned 38 defense verdicts on behalf of Mr. Adams’ client.

Mr. Adams again represented the Stockton Port District in Federal District Court in Sacramento and obtained a $600,000 settlement against one of the Port’s insurance carriers who refused to defend the nuisance case. 
Mr. Adams obtained a judgment in excess of $500,000 for a client in Los Angeles County Superior Court following an eight day jury trial in a same sex harassment discrimination case against the law firm Proskauer Rose, one of the U.S.’s 50 largest law firms who had failed to protect the plaintiff from sexual harassment.

He is a past speaker, moderator, and Board Member for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (ADCNC) and Nevada and the Northern California Fraud Investigators Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada from 1995-2004 serving at various times on the ethics, amicus, membership and executive committees. 
In 2004, he was the recipient of the PRESIDENTS AWARD.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the California Defense Counsel (1998-2010 ) and was appointed (2009) to the Judicial Council’s Small Civil Cases Workgroup which draft the Expedited Jury Trial Law which passed the California Legislature in 2011.

Community Activities:

Mr. Adams is past Chair of the Lawyer Referral Service of San Joaquin County (early 1980’s), President of the San Joaquin County Bar Association (1986-1987) and the California Organization of Small Bar Associations (1987-1988) and founding Board Member of the San Joaquin County Bar & Foundation Association.

Mr. Adams is also active in the community, having served as a youth softball and basketball coach for thirteen years, sat on the Board of Directors of the San Joaquin-Calaveras Unit of the American Cancer Society (President from 1994-1996) and President of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Lodi, California. (2005-2010).

In October 2013, he was appointed by the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin Delta College to the Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor spending of a $250 million dollar bond measure approved by the voters of San Joaquin County.