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William E. Adams, Esq.

Managing Shareholder, Gunster Jacksonville Office
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William (Bill) E. Adams is a co-founder and managing shareholder of Gunster’s Jacksonville office.

Mr. Adams is a trial lawyer who is dedicated to resolving a wide range of complex commercial disputes across the country. He works with his clients to define their business objectives and is committed to devising strategies that achieve the desired result.

Notably, Mr. Adams is frequently called on to help other lawyers find negotiated resolutions for their cases. In his mediation practice, Mr. Adams brings his litigation experience to bear to help others resolve their business disputes, focusing on practical outcomes that have the potential to benefit all involved parties. Mr. Adams completed advanced training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which is regularly ranked as the top dispute resolution program in the country. Mr. Adams is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, is a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and is a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator.

Mr. Adams is a certified e-discovery specialist and leads Gunster’s eDiscovery practice. Discovery is one of the most expensive and intrusive aspects of litigation. As a result, Mr. Adams and the eDiscovery team use the latest tools and techniques to strive to minimize the negative impacts of discovery and maximize the effectiveness of his clients’ legal spend.

In his role as office managing shareholder, Mr. Adams is responsible for guiding Gunster’s strategic growth in Northeast Florida. He is actively engaged in leadership and community service efforts in Jacksonville. As a 2014 alumnus of Leadership Jacksonville and board member of Downtown Vision, Inc., Mr. Adams is committed to building a strong future for the Jacksonville community.

Moreover, through his involvement with the Leadership Council of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Mr. Adams has served as an advocate for girls and young women in the community, helping to address policies and practices that result in the disparate treatment of girls, particularly those who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

Mr. Adams has been regularly recognized by Florida Super Lawyers (2012-18) and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2008-12, 2015, 2018). He received his undergraduate and J.D. from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated magna cum laude. In his spare time, Mr. Adams owns and operates First Coast CrossFit.

Mr. Adams currently serves on the DIA's Governance Committee as well as the Strategic Implementation Committee.

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Term: 1st | Expires: 06/30/2022