Jeffrey M. Adams
Jeffrey M. Adams was appointed to the Governing Board in April 2010. In May 2016, he was elected Board vice chair. His term expires March 1, 2018.
An Illinois native, Adams graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Adams also earned a juris doctor degree from the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida and has been admitted to both the Florida and Illinois bars.
Adams has spent his entire professional career with the law firm of Abbey, Adams, LLP. He began clerking for the firm while attending Stetson University. After graduating, Adams was employed as an associate and became a partner in 1989.
A board-certified civil trial lawyer, Adams has extensive experience in insurance defense and has served on numerous arbitration panels, conducted seminars and has testified as an expert in legal issues. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Sports Lawyers Association and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a past member of the Florida Bar Evidence Code and Rules Committee and is a charter fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.
In addition to his legal experience, Adams has held numerous leadership positions in a variety of organizations. He has served as chairman of the Florida Sports Foundation and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission as well as president of the St. Petersburg Country Club. He has also served on the Baseball Antitrust Advisory Commission, the St. Petersburg College Foundation Board, the St. Pete Clearwater Sports Foundation Board and the Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Board. In addition, Adams is an alumnus of Leadership St. Petersburg.
Finance/Outreach and Planning, chair
Ad Hoc Committee Assignment
Financial Investments, chair
Surplus Lands, vice chair
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, alternate liaison