Benjamin C. Adams , Jr. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Benjamin C. Adams , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Ben C. Adams has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Firm since October 2003. As an attorney, Mr. Adams helps his clients with estate planning and corporate law matters, with extensive experience drafting wills and trusts, working with families and closely held entities and implementing sophisticated planning techniques. In the corporate area, Mr. Adams has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, partnership and limited liability company formations, shareholder agreements and business contracts. 

Mr. Adams' care for his clients extends to his involvement in the Memphis community. He devotes significant time to the betterment of the city, acting as Vice Chairman of Memphis Tomorrow, an association of CEOs of Memphis' largest enterprises who collaborate with government and civic leaders to foster economic prosperity throughout the community. Mr. Adams also serves as chair of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and immediate past chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, among other civic positions.

While Mr. Adams is always proud of the Firm's recognitions in the legal arena, it's our four-time national recognition as a FORTUNE 100 Best Company to Work For, as well as the numerous top company honors in each of our states, that make him particularly proud to lead Baker Donelson. Mr. Adams is honored to be a part of a firm with a recognized dedication to pro bono and community service. This "culture of caring" sets Baker Donelson apart.

University of North CarolinaBA 1978Vanderbilt University School of LawJ.D. 1981
Memphis Shelby Crime Commission Memphis TomorrowBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater MemphisBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis Capital and Endowment Campaign Vanderbilt Law School Advisory Board Dixon Gallery and Gardens Memphis University School (Chair, 1997 – 2004) Elmwood Cemetery (President, 2004 – 2006) Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), 2003 – 2004 Phoenix Club (1989 – 1990) Dixie Homes Boys & Girls Club (1993 – 1994) Memphis Area Legal Services 2007 Access to Justice Campaign Memphis Estate Planning Council Memphis Bar Foundation American Bar Foundation

Office Location

First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Memphis Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Memphis Metro Area
Benjamin C. Adams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Benjamin C. Adams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law
Trusts and Estates