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Adam Peoples

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Adam Peoples

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Biography

Adam Peoples primarily defends doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers in negligence and ethics matters. His downtown Asheville practice also includes defending claims regarding general liability, governmental liability, civil rights, products liability, and transportation.

Ranked AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell, Adam has enjoyed a great deal of success in the courtroom. He has litigated hundreds of cases, including more than 900 hours of jury trial time, defending cases involving seven and eight-figure demands, lasting anywhere from three days to seven weeks long.

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Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbus State University, graduating at the top of his class, summa cum laude. After college, Adam spent three years working as a project manager in the health care and software development industries before choosing to pursue a career in law. Adam earned his Juris Doctor from Mercer University, and after practicing law there in Macon, Georgia, for several years, he and his wife Lucie chose to relocate to the mountains of western North Carolina.

Here in Asheville, Adam served two years as a full-time law clerk to the Honorable Martin Reidinger, United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. After his clerkship, Adam joined the Asheville office of Hall Booth Smith.

Adam is proud to call Asheville home. He loves spending time outdoors with his family, woodworking, and all that western North Carolina has to offer, including mountain biking, rafting, and camping.

Experience

Construction

Adam has experience representing contractors, subcontractors, developers, and insurance companies in various construction design and defect, delay, contract compliance, insurance coverage, personal injury, and property damage matters. His practice is focused on litigation including mediation and trials in both state and federal courts in North Carolina and Georgia.

Correctional Health Care

Adam has represented numerous medical care providers in a variety of correctional health care disputes. His extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure, enables him to skillfully defend these matters through all stages of litigation. Moreover, his extensive contacts in medical and professional communities enables him to secure highly-qualified experts to help defeat or mitigate plaintiff claims.

Employment

Adam has defended employers in a variety of matters, including claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He provides strategic counsel and representation in matters before state and federal courts, as well as before the United States Department of Labor, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and local agencies and authorities.

General Liability

Adam brings experience in a wide variety of general liability claims including personal injury, premises liability, and motor vehicle accidents. His extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure, enables him to skillfully defend these matters through all stages of litigation. Moreover, his extensive contacts in medical and professional communities enables him to secure highly-qualified experts to help defeat or mitigate plaintiff claims.

Medical Malpractice

Adam defends doctors, nurses, medical staff, and health care facilities against claims ranging from negligent treatment and diagnosis to wrongful death. He handles cases from inception to trial, and all phases in between. His extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure, enables him to skillfully defend these matters through all stages of litigation. Moreover, his extensive contacts in medical and professional communities enables him to secure highly-qualified experts to help defeat or mitigate plaintiff claims.

Professional Malpractice & Ethics

Adam has represented a variety of professionals, including lawyers, accountants, health care providers, and engineers, in matters involving allegations of negligence, breaches of duty, and unethical conduct. His extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure, enables him to skillfully defend these matters through all stages of litigation. Moreover, his extensive contacts in medical and professional communities enables him to secure highly-qualified experts to help defeat or mitigate plaintiff claims.

Transportation

Adam defends clients in both motor vehicle accidents and common carrier incidents, beginning with the earliest notice of the Incident and continuing through to a verdict. He also advises common carriers on best practices to manage and mitigate risk. Adam is an active member of Hall Booth Smith’s Rapid Response team, allowing him to arrive at an accident scene within a moment’s notice to ensure evidence is preserved and information obtained in order to guarantee his client is provided the best defense possible.

Credentials

Admitted

State Courts:

  • Georgia
    • Court of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • North Carolina

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Courts of Appeals:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., Mercer University
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Columbus State University

Memberships

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court
  • North Carolina American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • North Carolina Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, 2022-2023
  • Southeastern Legal Awards: On the Rise, Daily Report, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Best Lawyers®, 2021-2023

Presentations

  • Strategies for Policing Mass Gatherings and Protests
    North Carolina Law Enforcement Planners & Analysts Association, Annual Fall Conference; October 18, 2023
  • Strategies for Policing Mass Gatherings and Protests
    North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Training Conference, January 2022
  • Strategies for Policing Mass Gatherings and Protests
    North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks, April 2021
  • Who Can Consent
    Healthcare/Risk Management Webinar, June 2018
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  • Going Paperless, Made Simple: From Boxes to Bytes
    Bankruptcy Law Institute, September 2013

Publications

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  • Custodial Care Issues: The Patient with Diminished Capacity
    Medical Mutual MedNotes, March 2018
  • Custodial Care Issues: The Geriatric Patient
    Medical Mutual MedNotes, March 2018

In the Press

55 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

We're pleased to announce that 55 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
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NCADA: Adam Peoples on Third-Party Litigation Funding & Need for Legislative Action

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Two HBS Birmingham & Asheville Partners Recognized in 2023 Southeastern Legal Awards

HBS Partners Adam Peoples, of the Asheville Office, and Andrew C. Knowlton, of the Birmingham office, have been recognized as “On the Rise” in the 2023 Southeastern Legal Awards. Adam Peoples Adam primarily defends doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers in negligence and ethics matters. His downtown Asheville practice also includes defending claims regarding general liability,
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4 North Carolina Attorneys Recognized on 2023 Super Lawyers Lists

NORTH CAROLINA – January 26, 2023 – In the 2023 edition of the magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as four of its attorneys have been named on the lists of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Isaac Northup has been selected to the
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