About

William A. AdamsCalifornia Alcoholic Beverage Law is a principal practice area of William A. Adams.  He received his J.D. 1986 and LL.M. Tax 1988 from the University of San Diego School of Law and is admitted to practice in California, United States District Court (Southern and Eastern Districts), and United States Tax Court.

Mr. Adams has a special familiarity with issues affecting the hospitality industry (e.g., hotels and restaurants). He has extensive litigation experience, some of which has led to published court decisions favoring his clients [See e.g., Organization for Advancement of Minorities with Disabilities v. Brick Oven Restaurant (Sept. 15, 2005, USDC So. Cal.) 406 F.Supp.2d 1120].  He has represented businesses in matters regarding alcoholic beverage sales before the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and numerous municipal and law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Adams has been extensively involved in his clients’ industries. A sampling of his roles include: President (1992) – Gaslamp Quarter Association; Directorships (past and present) – Gaslamp Quarter Association, Food & Beverage Assoc. of San Diego County, California Restaurant Association (San Diego chapter), Hostelling International (SD); Public Office – Centre City Redevelopment Project Area Committee (Core Area and Gaslamp Quarter business & property owners representative, 1996-2000. He has also authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of industry interests, with the most recent one resulting in a California Supreme Court decision limiting plaintiff attorney fee recoveries in over-reaching employment and civil rights litigation [Chavez v. City of Los Angeles (Jan. 14, 2010) 47 Cal.4th 970].