Hon. David H. Adams

United States Bankruptcy Judge (Retired)


Class: XIX (2008)Circuit: Eleventh


Washington & Lee University, A.B. (1965); J.D. (1968)

Professional Career

Judge (Recalled), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (2010-11)
Judge (Recalled), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida (2008)
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1993-08)
Principal, Clark & Stant, PC (1987-93)
Partner, Taylor, Walker & Adams (1978-87)
Partner, Taylor, Walker, Bernard & Adams (1974-78)
Partner, Agelasto, Bernard & Adams (1972-74)
Associate, Willcox, Savage (1969-72)
Law Clerk, Hon. John A. MacKenzie, U.S. District Judge (1968-69)


National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (1992-), President (2004-05); Secretary (2000-01); Governor (1996-99)
4th Circuit Judicial Conference (1974-)
4th Circuit Judicial Council (2002-05)
Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group to the Administrative Office of the Federal Judiciary (2003-05)
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association (1990-)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1989-)
Federal Bar Association (1990-99), Treasurer (1992)
American Bar Association (1968-97)
Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association (1969-)
Virginia Beach Bar Association (1970-)
Virginia Bar Association (1970-), Chair, Judicial Section (1997)
Virginia State Bar (1968-), 2nd District Ethics Committee (1983-85)
Jas. Kent American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (1994-98), President (1995-96)
Navy League of the U.S., Life Member (1998-)
Navy League of Hampton Roads: President (2000-03); Director (2000-)
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Director (1998-08)
Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation, Director (2004-08)
Commissioning Committee of USS Ronald Reagan, Chair (2003)
Commissioning Committee of USS George H.W. Bush, Co-Chair (2008)


"Landlord & Tenant Law in Virginia," Virginia Law Foundation 1990 Co-author
"Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia," Virginia Law Foundation 2004 Co-author
Numerous Published Legal Opinions and Seminar Materials.


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, (1989-93)
Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, King Neptune XXVI (1999-00)
Secretary of the Navy, Superior Service Award (2003)