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  • University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1996)
  • University of Connecticut (B.A., cum laude, 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1996
  • Massachusetts, 1997
  • Connecticut, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

More About Steve

Steve's grandfather – newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams who wrote under the pen name of FPA – was a member of the famed Algonquin Roundtable, a group of New York City literati in the 1920s.

Stephen Adams

An experienced litigator, Stephen Adams actively practices in the courts of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts on a variety of matters, including professional liability, labor and employment, products liability and environmental litigation, insurance bad faith, and trusts litigation. In addition, he advises clients on best practices for avoiding and managing litigation risk. Steve has also been called upon to draft legislation and to work with administrative bodies to craft regulations.

In addition to his litigation work, Steve devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising educational institutions and professionals on employment and labor matters, collective bargaining, legal compliance issues, budgets and fiscal matters, special education disputes and discipline concerns.


Representative Accomplishments

  • Successfully handled a wrongful termination claim of a tenured teacher at a Rhode Island public high school. The case ultimately settled on appeal to the Rhode Island Department of Education securing insurance coverage for the school district, which extinguished the risk of liability exposure to the school.
  • Advised the Rhode Island Technical Assistance Project at Rhode Island College on the Rhode Island Special Education Regulations, required by Congress under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.
  • Obtained summary judgment from the Rhode Island Superior Court in a personal injury case involving alleged exposure to asbestos on construction sites, arguing that the lawsuit was untimely under the Rhode Island Statute of Repose. (Cote v. E. Turgeon Const. Corp., 2006 WL 3004067.) As a consequence of this ruling, asbestos claims against building contractors in Rhode Island have all but stopped.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon in a case alleging permanent foot injuries.
  • Secured defense verdict on behalf of a national retailer in a personal injury lawsuit alleging a negligently designed floor plan.
  • Defeated a seven-figure property damage claim on behalf of a large commercial construction company in claims of alleged environmental contamination.
  • Secured defense judgment in a professional liability matter related to an insurance subrogation case.
  • Successfully defended a large commercial tenant in a breach of contract case, arguing that the plaintiff landlord had relinquished its right to collect significant unpaid rent.
  • Obtained $750,000 arbitration panel award on behalf of a carrier seeking to enforce a reinsurance treaty.

Professional Honors

Steve was appointed by the Rhode Island Speaker of the House to the Special House Commission to Study All Education Hearings at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.



Steve has lectured on various legal topics, including student discipline, and compliance with federal and state special education laws.


Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.
  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association and
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Primrose Hill School and Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, R.I.