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Greg F. Adams


Greg Adams is a corporate lawyer who serves as outside general counsel to a variety of clients. He also focuses on transactional work, including the purchase and sale of businesses, and the creation, restructuring, and reorganization of corporate and partnership enterprises. Greg counsels corporate clients in governance, shareholder rights, and succession planning.

Representative Experience

Private elevator and services company

Represented client purchasing and selling elevator company stock and assets worth $30 million. (2012)

Sale of benefits administrator

Represented private company providing nationwide third-party benefits administration to public and private benefit plans and trusts in $42 million sale of its business. (2011)

International publishing company - asset sale

Represented publisher in sale/license of intellectual property assets—value of transaction over $100 million. (2011)

Acquisition for Richard Tinney

Lead transaction counsel for Richard Tinney in auction/sale/purchase of manufacturing facilities in the state of Washington. (2009)

Sale of newspapers for The Seattle Times Company

Represented the client through the sale of Blethen Maine Newspapers, a group of three daily and additional weekly newspapers. (2009)

Merger and investment for Clearwire Corporation

Merger of Sprint and Clearwire WiMAX businesses and investment in Clearwire of $3.2 billion by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Google, and Intel. (2008) Read more

Corporate transaction for The Seattle Times Company

Renegotiated a joint operating agreement for a Seattle newspaper agency. (2007) Read more

Sale of business for Transportation Resources, Inc.

Sale of truckload carrier business to Con-way, Inc., in a $750 million merger transaction. (2007)

Reorganization for investment company

Corporate reorganization of private company with $1 billion in assets. (2006)

Securities transaction for third-generation stockholder of large private family-owned national manufacturing company

Representation of shareholder in stock redemption transaction. (2006)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board, 2003-present; Audit Committee Chair, 2006-present; Finance Committee, 2005-present; Law Firm Challenge Co-chair, 2007-present – Washington Law School Foundation
  • Advisory Council, Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics, 2003-present
  • Founding Member, Advisory Board, University of Washington Edward E. Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, 1991-2006
  • Community Building Committee, United Way of King County, July 2008-present

Professional Recognition

  • Davis Wright Tremaine John M. Davis Award, 2011
  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Corporate/Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2005-2016; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2016  
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law, 2013
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 1995-2006; named in Corporate Law, 2007-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, since 2001
  • Named as one of  "Top 87 Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2008
  • Named as one of  "155 Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly, 2007
  • Named as one of  "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2006
Recognized by Chambers USA