Adams , Jay

Jay Adams has extensive litigation experience in legal and administrative matters related to health care, land development and local government issues.

Adams represents providers in certificate-of-need matters and advises them in operational issues with an emphasis on compliance with licensure regulations and patient rights concerns. He defends providers when regulatory agencies take adverse actions toward their operating license. He also works with individuals within the health care industry on their licensing issues.

As a former Deputy General Counsel for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services where he had primary responsibility for representing the Department’s interests in the regulation of health care providers, his knowledge is unsurpassed on these matters.

Adams’ work in real estate includes work for the Bull Run Development, providing counsel in their re-zoning issues for a 427 PUD project. The development also involves comprehensive plan amendments and zoning.

Adams negotiated a settlement leading to the approval of the Marsh Landing/Goose Creek Development in North Florida. The development is planned for 120 residential units on 100 acres.

Adams has appeared before numerous city and county commissions, planning commissions, boards of adjustment and appeal, and zoning boards in various jurisdictions throughout Florida. He has represented clients before these entities for matters including comprehensive plan and land development regulation compliance, utility and power pole siting, cure following eminent domain takings, and other issues relating to land-use development.

Adams is an AV Preeminent®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the agency’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.

Adams is active in the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee and a founding member of Unity Church in Christ.

Bar Membership



 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 


Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida, 1981
J.D., Juris Doctor

Florida Technological University
Orlando, Florida, 1974
B.S.E., Bachelor of Science


The Florida Bar Member
Administrative Law and Health Law Sections

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell