Holmes S. Adams - Adams and Reese LLP

Holmes S. Adams

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999

Holmes Adams joined Adams and Reese in 1996 and helped to open the Jackson office. With more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of federal and state court litigation, Holmes has focused his practice on education law and estate and tax matters.


He has been named in Best Lawyers® in the field of estate and probate work and has litigated in federal and state courts throughout Mississippi. He also has experience in the area of health care.


His significant contributions include:


  • Serving as defense counsel on employment and labor issues and successfully defending  §1983 actions in federal court. He has argued several cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has also taken cases to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Handling unitary status hearings in federal court to remove school districts from continued court supervision.
  •  Advising families on their business and estate matters.
  • Representing public bodies in almost every phase of their business, especially in defense of civil rights lawsuits and labor and employment matters.
  • Serving as past Chair of the Mississippi Law Institute. He was also recently selected as one of the Mid-South Super Lawyers in trusts and estates.


Holmes is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Museum of Art, where he also served as President of the Museum Foundation. He served as general counsel for the Metro Jackson United Way and was Chair of the Board for 2003-04.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Junior League of Jackson and serves on several foundation boards, including the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Luckyday Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Stewpot Community Services, which helps homeless and needy people in Jackson.

University of MississippiBA Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.
Episcopal Diocese of MississippiSt. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, Senior Warden,Luckyday Foundation, Board of ManagersJunior League of Jackson, Advisory BoardEudora Welty FoundationMississippi Bar FoundationMississippi Museum of Art FoundationMississippi Economic Council, Board of GovernorsMississippi School Boards AssociationCapital Area Bar AssociationMississippi Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Office Location

300 Renaissance
1018 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 800
Ridgeland, MS 39157
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
Holmes S. Adams has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Holmes S. Adams has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Holmes S. Adams has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Probate)

Other Information

Gender: Male