Law Office of Mark Adams

Law Office of Mark Adams

Mr. Adams is a distinguished trial lawyer who used to represent the Goliaths of the world and now represents the David's. He has tried 58 jury trials to verdict in eight counties.

Firm Overview

The Firm maintains a Northern California Office in Stockton and a Southern California Office in Burbank in Los Angeles County He is a frequent lecturer in the field of employment discrimination law is and is rated AV Pre-Eminent by Martindale Hubbell for the highest legal ability and ethical standards. Ninety percent of his cases are employment discrimination and wage/hour issues.

Main Office

Law Office of Mark Adams
3031 W. March Lane, Suite 120
Stockton, CA 95219


(209) 481-3485


(209) 956-0640

Wrongful Termination

The Law Offices of Mark S. Adams maintains offices in Northern and Southern California. Mr. Adams is an advocate for people who suffer unlawful employment actions. He has 58 jury trials to verdict during his career.

Many of Mr. Adams clients have suffered sexual harassment, disability discrimination, pregnancy Discrimination as well as race and age discrimination and frequently suffer retaliation after complaining. With over 35 years experience, Mr. Adams provides personal service. He explains to his client's in words that they can understand how and what to expect.
As the only attorney in the firm, you will know that your case is being handled with a personal touch. His job is to carefully evaluate each case he takes to ensure that it falls into one of the exceptions to the AT WILL DOCTRINE.
California is an "At Will' state which means your employer does not need a reason to fire you and it can even be the wrong reason as long as discrimination or harassment based race, national origin, age (Over 40) , religion, sex, sex harassment, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, whistle blowing or retaliation for complaining about discrimination was not a motivating factor in the decision.
Mr. Adams devotes 90% of his law practice to these types of discrimination.


Sexual Harassment

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

After representing large corporations and businesses for years, Mr. Adams tired of representing the Goliath's of the World and now focuses his practice on representing the David's of the World.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Mr. Adams has tried 58 jury trials to verdict in eight counties up and down California. He has been awared the coveted AV Pre-Eminent designation by Martindale Hubbell an organization that rates attorney using feedback from attorneys and judges. Mr. Adams grew up in a farm family and values hard work. Finally Mr. Adams has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1995 by his peers and is an active member of the Sacramento Valley Chapter with the rank of Advocate reserved for the very small percentage of attorneys with 50 or more jury trials.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is vital that the client understand the legal issues and this means I must explain it to them in language that they can understand, not legalese. After all, I have been successful in presenting cases to jury by being able to do this.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. In fact I also ask the client to prepare a timeline of events and to explain how their case goes from the unfair to the illegal.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

In each discrimination case, I offer the employer the opportunity to participate in early evaluation of the cases including mediation or direct negotiation. I also review severance agreements and almost always can negotiate a better severance payment for the client. Almost 97% of all cases resolve without trial. It is my 38 years of experience that helps to resolve most of my cases without filing suit.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Aggressive, ethical and able to speak the language of the employer attorneys since I used to represent them and know how they operate and what they need to settle a case.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

99% of my cases are contingency meaning that I only get paid if I get a settlement for the client. Under this method, I have every incentive to obtain the most for my clients as efficiently a possible as well as getting them closure. Litigation is sometimes necessary but takes an emotional toll on the client and they need to understand the details of that.

Mark Adams

Law Office of Mark Adams

Mark Stephen Adams
Mr. Adams formed Adams Employment Lawyer in 2015 after 35 years with another firm.
Mr. Adams is a trial lawyer emphasizing complex civil trials in the areas of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, insurance bad faith, and serious injuries.
He has tried fifty eight (58) civil jury trials to verdict in eight counties during his thirty plus years as a lawyer including one in 2009 where he 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.
In a 2006 case in a San Joaquin County Superior Court case 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 obtained a $225,000 settlement of a sex harassment case against a fire district chief on behalf of three female firefighters.
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 has obtained multiple six and seven figure settlements in employment and personal injury and insurance bad faith cases.
Contact me for a free consultation at either or Northern or Southern California Office. Or email me at

Practice areas
Sexual Harassment
Disability Discrimination including FMLA and ADA
Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment
Employment Discrimination including Age, Race, Religion and Gender
Personal (Bodily) Injury
Insurance Bad Faith (unreasonable denial of claim)

Bar admissions
California, 1977
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1977 , Central District 1985
Northern District 2008 and Southern District 2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards
Northern California Super Lawyer 2014, 2015
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Fellowship (1975)
President's Award ADCNC and Nevada 2004
Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates 1995 by his peers and holds the rank of Advocate requiring at least 50 jury trials to verdict
Appointed (2009) to the California Judicial Council's Small Civil Cases Workgroup which draft the Expedited Jury Trial Law which passed the California Legislature in 2011.
J.D., 1977 University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Recipient Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Fellowship
B.A. 1974 in History with High Honors, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dean's List Scholar 1973-1974

Professional associations
State Bar of California 1977- Present
California Employment Lawyers Association
American Board of Trial Advocates, Rank of Advocate (50 or more jury trials to verdict)
California Organization of Small Bar Associations
President 1987-1988
San Joaquin County Bar Association
President 1986-1987

"Teachers Law School" panelist at seminar hosted by the American Board of Advocates August 2014, Sacramento, California
The Expedited Jury Trial in California , panelist for ADCNC at Davis, California, March 2011
Northern California Fraud Investigators Association panelist on RICO Actions to Combat Fraud 2004, Monterey, California
Moderator and panelist ADCNC annual seminar, San Francisco, CA. on subjects including Legal Ethics and Insurance Fraud Investigations 1994-2004

Community involvement
Served as a youth softball and basketball coach for thirteen years, 1992-2005
American Cancer Society ; sat on the Board of Directors of the San Joaquin-Calaveras Unit of the American Cancer Society 1990-2008 (President from 1994-1996)
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.


Bar Number: 78706
California, 1977


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D., 1977

University of California at Santa Barbara
B.A. in History with High Honors, 1974

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