Adams Bell Adams, P.C.

Adams Bell Adams, P.C.

Experience. Imagination. Service.

Firm Overview

Adams Bell Adams, P.C. has been serving clients in Upstate New York since 1995. Our courtroom experience enables us to turn litigation to our clients' advantage and to help structure their business dealings to avoid it. We have achieved a measure of recognition for our work with the construction industry, but our experience extends to other areas of commercial litigation as well.

At Adams Bell Adams -- formerly Gates & Adams -- our clients benefit from the wisdom our attorneys have accumulated through decades of practice in the commercial law and litigation arenas. Because we are a smaller firm, our clients receive their attorney's personal attention and experience, without big firm overhead. The Firm was formed in 1995 by a handful of litigators from a larger firm, who were committed to a regional practice focused on commercial litigation and counseling, particularly in the areas of construction, business agreements and property taxation. In recent years we have been increasingly involved inn trust litigation as well. Today, we represent clients throughout New York, in state and federal courts, trial and appellate, and before various administrative tribunals from local planning boards and boards of assessment review to state and federal agencies including the New York State Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. We also have extensive experience as advocates in both arbitration and mediation. Through the years, we have earned a reputation among our peers and our clients for vigorous advocacy and effective representation. At the same time, our experience as litigators makes us uniquely able to help our clients structure their business affairs in ways that anticipate and avoid conflict, whether by helping draft the contracts that govern their commercial and employment relationships, or by advising and guiding our clients when potential conflicts first arise. We are proud to count among our clients small and larger businesses of all kinds, including national and international concerns.

Experience. Imagination. Service.

Main Office

Main Office
28 East Main St., Ste. 600
Rochester NY 14614



Real Estate


Adams Bell Adams maintains a real estate practice that serves developers, banks and purchasers in all phases of acquisition and development, whether a commercial venture, a residential subdivision or a condominium development. The firm's real estate attorneys bring experience and ability to all phases of the transaction.

We regularly provide the following counsel and services to our real estate clients:

Negotiation, preparation and review of contracts for the sale, acquisition, and leasing of residential and commercial property.
Negotiation, preparation, and review of loan agreements.
Assistance with subdivision and site plan applications and other zoning approvals.
Although litigation is seldom required in this area, the firm is nevertheless equipped to provide any litigation or pre-litigation support that may become necessary.

Anthony Adams

Adams Bell Adams, P.C.

Anthony J. Adams, Jr., a principal of the firm, holds a B.A. degree from Indiana University and is a 1980 graduate of Albany Law School. He has been in private practice since completing a clerkship for New York State Supreme Court Justice David O. Boehm in 1983. Much of his practice is dedicated to representing contractors and other construction industry participants in contract negotiation, claims, labor relations, risk management and other general business matters. He has been recognized by "Superlawyers" and "Best Lawyers" in construction law and litigation since 2008. In 2013 "Best Lawyers" named him a "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law, and in 2014 he received that same recognition for construction litigation.

However, Mr. Adams also has significant litigation experience in other commercial matters including contract disputes, real property taxation and zoning disputes. In recent years he has litigated several cases against banks for failing to adequately diversify trust assets in their care. Mr. Adams practices in state and federal courts (both trial and appellate) in New York and elsewhere. He has successfully argued three times before the New York State Court of Appeals, where his cases have limited the reach of the State prevailing wage law, established limits on the public use of project labor agreements, and confirmed the application of common law trust principles in cases of statutory trust fund diversion. He also practices before various arbitral forums and before government agencies, including the New York State Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Adams is a member of the American Bar Association (including its Forum on the Construction Industry), the New York State Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. He is also associated with the Associated General Contractors and the Rochester Builders Exchange. He has lectured on construction law, real property taxation and trust litigation. Mr. Adams serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, and as a trustee of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.