Barbara A. Adams - Holland & Knight, LLP

Barbara A. Adams

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 312-578-6563

Barbara A. Adams focuses her practice on representing local governments and governmental agencies. Ms. Adams has extensive experience in areas that include administrative law, construction law, contracts, intergovernmental cooperation, real estate acquisition and taxation, zoning and land use, water law, pension law, personnel and employment, telecommunications, cable television, environmental law, public finance and bonds, and code and ordinance interpretation. She conducts litigation in state and federal courts, appearing before administrative tribunals and representing private parties in matters dealing with units of government.

Ms. Adams is a frequent author and lecturer on matters affecting local government law, including cable television, telecommunications law, construction law, contracting and finance, water law, and zoning of and leasing for wireless facilities. She serves as general counsel to the Northwest Water Commission, the DuPage Water Commission, the Village of Kenilworth and the Kenilworth Park District, and has served as village attorney for Hinsdale. Ms. Adams also regularly serves a variety of the firm's clients, including Northbrook, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and Glencoe. In addition, she provides counsel to various municipalities on zoning, intergovernmental agreements, cable television, telecommunications, pension boards, boards of fire and police commissioners, personnel and other legal issues.

Ms. Adams prepared a model purchase of service agreement and an accompanying article for the Transportation Research Board that was nationally published and circulated to public transit agencies. She is a frequent lecturer on legal issues at various programs and events, including those of the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Government Finance Officers' Association, Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials, Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants, Lorman Education Services and the West Central Municipal Conference. Topics of recent lectures encompass public bidding and contracting, the law of easements, the evolving law of electronic records and communications, cable TV and telecommunications matters and the Open Meetings Act.

Knox CollegeBA Northwestern University School of LawJ.D.
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and AdvisorsChicago Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationInternational Municipal Lawyers AssociationIllinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Office Location

131 South Dearborn Street, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice (Land Use, Municipal, Telecommunications)