He was raised on the great plains of Nebraska. After a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kearney State College in 1976 he received his law degree from Willamette University School of Law in 1980. He and his wife Gwen then moved to Grants Pass and started his career at the firm still located at the corner of 5th & B in Grants Pass. He became a partner in 1982 and remained so until founding the Rogue Law Firm in July of 2014.
Richard Adams is on the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and a long time member of the American Association for Justice. He represents many individuals injured through the wrongful conduct of others as well as persons injured on the job. He is an experienced trial lawyer who helps people with personal injury claims against insurance companies, contested estate plans, and real estate and commercial dispute resolution. High peer-reviewed ratings include 10.0 from AVVO and from Martindale-Hubbell, www.martindale.com/ratings, a rating of AV Preeminent®.
Richard Adams has served as chairman and board member of the Grants Pass School District 7 and as volunteer director of the Josephine County Legal Aid Program. He has held all leadership positions in the Josephine County Bar Association. He has organized or served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations in the community including the Josephine County Board of Health and Southern Oregon Fly Fishers. He is past president and current member of the Four Way Community Foundation which provides funding to many local non-profit organizations. He is very proud of the students he has coached on the Grants Pass High School Mock Trial Team for over 15 years.
Off the job he enjoys fly fishing his favorite trout and steelhead rivers of the west, photography and tending to his back yard garden.
Tom fights for people with claims against insurance companies for personal injuries in Portland and throughout Oregon. He advocates for persons injured in motor vehicle collisions. from dangerous premises, and children and elders who have been victims of sexual or financial abuse.
Tom volunteers to help protect women and children from abuse by going to court with them for restraining order hearings through the Domestic Violence Project of Legal Aid. He is also on the board of Multnomah Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.
He is a proud, active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Young Lawyer Award. He also shares his big heart with his little brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Portland.
Tom was born and raised in Grants Pass. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland in 2007. He received his juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 2011. After graduation from NYU, he returned to his beloved Oregon and worked for one of Portland’s premier product liability firms. He honed his skills at the prestigious Portland law firms of Vangelisti Kocher and Forum Law Group before teaming up with his dad to run the Portland division of the Rogue Law Firm PC in 2016.
Tom is an avid long distance runner, and is usually training for a race. This allows him to explore and enjoy more of the excellent dining opportunities in Portland. As a diversion from the law, he’s a fan of cramming history books on the bus to work.
Tom has a perfect rating on attorney review website Avvo.