David J. Adams

Direct: 312.267.6332
Fax: 312.345.9608

David Adams focuses his practice on the defense of tort and transportation related claims, product liability and commercial suits. He serves as outside product integrity counsel and aviation consultant for various companies and has developed and implemented a product liability program for a major aerospace manufacturer.

Dave actively litigates cases involving aviation products liability, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, immigration and construction personal injury claims. 


Dave has been recognized as a "Leading Lawyer," a selection of lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys.

He was also recognized by the International Bar Association as one of Illinois’ leading practitioners and listed in Who’s Who Legal: Illinois (2006).

Dave served as an F-4 pilot in the United States Air Force from 1966-1973.

  • 525 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg AB, Germany
  • 13 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand  

Dave also served as an F-4 pilot in the Michigan National Guard from 1979-1980.

  • 171 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan

Dave is a pilot:

  • Airline transport pilot certificate
  • Airplane multi-engine land
  • Commercial privileges
  •  Airplane single engine land
  • Type rated in Learjets


Chicago, Illinois
200 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3300


University of Michigan, J.D. (1976)

St. Olaf College, B.A., cum laude (1966)

bar admissions

Michigan (1977)

Illinois (1981)


U.S. Supreme Court (2001)

U.S. Court for Veterans Appeals (1999)

U.S. Court of Appeals (1st Cir.) (1982)

U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Cir.) (1982)

U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Cir.) (1982)

U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Cir.) (2003)

U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.) (2006)

U.S. District Court (E.D. Mich.) (1977)

U.S. District Court (N.D. Ill.) (1982)

Pro hac vice admission to practice in the following courts

U.S. District Courts: W.D. Michigan, D. Arizona, D. Alaska, N.D. Texas, E.D. Texas, N.D. Ohio, S.D. Florida, D. Minnesota, D. Iowa, W.D. Washington, S.D. California, D. Alabama, E.D. Pennsylvania, D. Maine, D. Wyoming, E.D.Arkansas

State Courts: Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, OklahomaForeign: French Civil Courts, Paris

Professional and Community Organizations

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan


International Court of Aviation & Space Arbitration, Paris, France, Arbitrator/Board Member

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, ancillary member

Languages Spoken