Local attorney asks Supreme Court for suspension

ATLANTA -- Lawrenceville attorney Christopher Adams has asked for his license to be suspended for at least six months, but its up to the Georgia Supreme Court to decide if that's sufficient punishment.

Adams was indicted on 17 counts of false statements and theft by taking in 2008, after billing Gwinnett County for hours he falsely claimed to work while defending indigent clients. In a recent petition to the Supreme Court for voluntary discipline, Adams admitted to doing so.

He also asked the court to suspend his license to practice law for at least six months, in addition to several other caveats.

According to documents, Adams has paid back $10,605 to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the county's indigent defense program. He's also agreed to a lifetime ban on representing "any indigent defendant that is paid for through any public monies, whether it be local, state or federal funds.

In exchange for all this, criminal charges in Gwinnett County would be dropped.

"If the Supreme Court imposes a sanction of at least 6 months suspension then the criminal case will end," Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said.

The Supreme Court has the power to ultimately choose the length of any suspension, or to opt for disbarment.

Several local attorneys and Gwinnett judges Mark Lewis and Robert Mock have submitted letters in support of Adams.

"I believe that Chris is still an asset to our bar and I know that he will abide by whatever discipline you deem proper and just," Mock wrote.

Atlanta attorney William C. Head was less enthusiastic in his own letter to the Supreme Court.

"Having worked in the criminal justice system for over three decades, this proposed slap on the wrist is ludicrous and is a shameful recommendation," Head wrote. "It is a disproportionately light sanction for so many repeated, willful, illegal and egregious acts."


kevin 3 years, 3 months ago

Just because you agree when you get caught doesn't give you special treatment. If he should be barred from practice, then sobeit, for years.


teelee 3 years, 3 months ago

Let the man pay for his mistakes and then give him a second chance. The punishment sounds reasonable. Indigent defense is something non of them get paid enough for anyway. Losing your job is one thing, but losing your profession is another. He was wrong and he will pay.


CD 3 years, 3 months ago

@ teelee: go to any retail store of your choosing and steal 10k in merchandise. Then let us know what happens. Your punishment will be far, far greater than his "voluntary" punishment.

This is a representative sample of a Gluttonous Heathen, nothing more and nothing less.

Pure filth.


jrussellgray 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree, this is a good example of "good ol boys" bellying up to the Georgia Bar. I volunteer at the Gwinnett County Jail and see many inmates suffering much more severe sentencing for much lower level crimes. GDP should pose this question to candidates running for open judicial positions, especially those who brag about how tough they are going to be or have been on crime, see "Judicial candidates square off in forum" GDP Local News Wednesday 6/27


mickey 3 years, 3 months ago

Are we serious? Now the thief's are handing down their own sentencing??????? Only reason he is not in jail....he did this without a gun. He did this to ALL of us taxpayers! Take his licensee, not that rough of a decision.


Kent 3 years, 3 months ago

What is so amazing is the lawyers and judges in the "justice system", and I use that term lightly, who do not want to disbar him. For Judge Mock, (who is up for re-election by the way), to support this lawyer who steals from the taxpayers speaks volumes about his character. The same goes for the character of Gwinnett Judge Mark Lewis. I am remembering Mr. Mock when I vote next month.


Karl 3 years, 3 months ago

Remember Judge Mock all you want, but you won't be able to find him on the ballot. Contrary to your belief, Mock is retiring and not running for re-election.


Kat 3 years, 3 months ago

One of the local news reporters read a letter Mark Lewis wrote about Adams. It went something like this, prior to him being charged, Adams was an arrogant so and so in the court room. He used various legal manuevers to delay, delay, delay the cases of his clients. This added to the already back logged court calendars. Since his charges became public knowledge he has become humble and refrains from tactics that do nothing for the client or the court back log. It was a rather scathing commentary on Adams bloated sense of self before we were made aware of what he was up to. Personally, I think he should be disbarred.


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