Anthony J. Adams

Anthony J. Adams

Contact Anthony

  • aadams(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)
  • (585) 327-4158
  • (585) 327-4200

Areas of Concentration

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016


  • Albany Law School
    JD 1980
  • Indiana University
    BA 1976

Anthony J. Adams

Anthony J. Adams, Jr., a founding partner of the firm, has been in private practice since completing a clerkship for New York State Supreme Court Justice David O. Boehm in 1983. Since then his practice has focused on commercial litigation and all aspects of construction law, including public contracts, private contract negotiation, claims, labor relations, risk management and other general business matters. He has been selected to “Super Lawyers” and is recognized by “Best Lawyers of America” for construction law plus commercial, construction, and trusts and estates litigation. He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by “Best Lawyers” seven times in either construction law or construction litigation. 

Mr. Adams also has significant experience handling other civil disputes, including land use litigation, partnership and corporate disputes and property tax protests. In recent years he has litigated several cases for and against estate and trust fiduciaries, including banks charged with 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 cases in the New York State Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court), that have limited the reach of the State Prevailing Wage law, established limits on the public use of project labor agreements, and confirmed the liability of financiers that participate in diverting statutory trust funds. 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. He has lectured on construction law, real property taxation and fiduciary litigation.

Results/Representative Experience

  • M.G.M. Insulation v. Gardner, 18 NY3d 903
  • LeChase Data/Telecom Services, LLC v. Goebert, 6 NY3d 281
  • General Building Contractors v. Dormitory Authority, 88 NY2d 56
  • R-J Taylor General Contr., Inc. v. Fairport Central School Dist., 170 AD3d 1603
  • Matter of Hunter (Chase), 100 AD3d 996

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (including its Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors, NY Chapter
  • Rochester Builders Exchange
  • Rochester Museum & Science Center, trustee and past-chair
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, director and current chair