Ali Adams has over twenty years of commercial litigation experience, handling matters in state and federal court, and in arbitration. Her primary areas of practice are in surety, construction defect, bankruptcy, employment liability, and general commercial litigation. She possesses Martindale-Hubbell's AV rating, its highest rating for professional competence and ethics.
Ali graduated from Florida State University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She then attended Tulane Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 1993. While at Tulane, Ali served on the Moot Court Board.
Ali has handled all aspects of construction defect and surety claims. Her experience includes the negotiation of tender and takeover agreements; negotiations with completion contractors; default, contract balance and recovery issues in the context of contractor bankruptcies; litigation with owners; indemnity and third party recovery actions; including actions against design professionals; and defense of payment bond claims. Ali has handled defaults on public and private projects ranging in size from $100,000.00 to $75 million. She further has significant experience in dealing with public bodies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, departments of transportation and development, housing authorities, dock boards and port authorities, school boards, and state universities. Ali is admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Ali's practice also includes significant bankruptcy experience representing creditors in pursuing secured claims, securing DIP financing, representing competing plan proponents, litigating plan issues, defending preference actions, lifting the automatic stay and protecting cash collateral, and litigating adversary proceedings, including objections to discharge ability.
Ali's employment practices experience includes the defense of age and gender discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and enforcement of employee non-competition agreements.
Ali has also handled a wide-range of commercial disputes including lease disputes, partnership dissolution, and agent misrepresentation claims.
In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Ali has provided pro bono legal service to children in abuse and neglect cases for over ten years.
In 2006, Ali joined Paskert Divers Thompson. Her practice includes construction, fidelity and surety, employment practices and general commercial litigation, and bankruptcy.
In 2008, Ms. Adams was selected to be one of only 25 attorneys admitted to the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice’s Leadership Academy.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy
- Employment Liability
Admitted to Practice
- All Florida State and Federal Courts
- All Louisiana State and Federal Courts
- All Mississippi State and Federal Courts
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Florida State University, B.S., 1990, cum laude
- Tulane University of Louisiana, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1993, magna cum laude