R.  - Scott - Adams

R. Scott Adams

Winston-Salem, N.C.
336.631.1055 - office
Charleston, W.Va.
336.749.2006 - mobile


  • Colgate University, B.A. magna cum laude, 2003
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2007


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Mr. Adams’ primary area of practice is consumer financial services law. He also works with businesses on a variety of other matters, ranging from complex commercial disputes to bankruptcy/creditors’ rights to commercial finance matters. Mr. Adams is a frequent author and presenter on regulatory and compliance matters and developments. Additionally, he serves as the Deputy Associate Supervisor for the firm.

Representative Experience

  • Representing and counseling clients regarding numerous federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Financial Privacy Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, Regulation Z, the National Bank Act, and numerous state consumer protection laws
  • Representing banks and other financial institutions in commercial loan transactions, "workout" of distressed assets, and commercial foreclosures
  • Representing lenders and borrowers in asset-based lending
  • Defending financial institutions and other creditors in litigation involving alleged violations of state and federal consumer protection laws in connection with home mortgage loans, unsecured loans, automobile financing, credit card accounts and consumer credit sales
  • Representing clients in class actions regarding alleged violations of consumer protection statues and mortgage lending
  • Representing financial institutions in bankruptcy courts, including adversary proceedings
  • Extensive experience in litigating general civil litigation matters and obtaining favorable results through aggressive motion practice
  • Representing self-insured employers and carriers in complex workers’ compensation cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Commercial Litigation Committee; Employment Law Steering Committee
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section, 4ALL Task Force Committee and Co-Chair of Greensboro Site
  • NCBA Young Lawyers Division, Executive Counsel
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President 2012 - present; Vice President, 2011-2012
  • Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, Board of Directors
  • Friends of Bluestone, Inc., President, Board of Directors
  • Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee
  • Colgate University Alumni Admissions Council, Area Representative


  • Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2014-2017
  • Selected as one of the Triad's 40 Leaders Under Forty by The Business Journal, 2014


  • Author, Banking on This: Spilman Mortgage & Consumer Banking Report
  • “The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: There’s a New Cop in Town,” The Whisper, DRI, December 2011
  • “Employers Face More Government Audits: HIPAA Compliance,” DRI Today, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar National Publication, November 30, 2011
  • "Damages for Misclassified Employees Under the FLSA: Growing Support for the Half-Time Rate," The Job Description, DRI Newsletter, Spring 2011
  • "Lawyering Basics: How to Take a Deposition," The Advocate, – NCBA YLD Newsletter, March 2011
  • “Unpaid Interns and Trainees: Beware of FLSA Liability,” The Voice, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar National Publication, June 23, 2010
  • “Challenges Presented By 2010 FEO 1, Prohibiting Representation of the Insured Where No Contact Can Be Established,” The Defender, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Newsletter, Spring 2010
  • Co-Author, “Medical Motion Procedures Before the North Carolina Industrial Commission,” The Course and Scope, NCBA Workers’ Compensation Section, Winter 2009-2010
  • “Overview of Undocumented Workers in North Carolina,” Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Newsletter, ABA TIPS Section, Summer 2008


  • Numerous Client Related and Firm-Sponsored Seminars and Presentations
  • Lender Place Insurance Regulatory Update – American Conference Institute, Dallas, Texas, June 2015
  • TRID Rule and Other Hot Real Estate Topics – Winston-Salem Mortgage Bankers Association, June 2015
  • Student Loan Enforcement Update – American Conference Institute, Los Angeles, California, April 2015
  • Real Estate Title Legal Update – Client Seminar, Orlando, Florida, February 2015
  • Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in the Digital Age, Annual Training for Virginia District Court Substitute Judges, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Electronic Discovery, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC Litigation Department Training


  • Order of the Barristers
  • Patrick Duffy Koontz Award
  • CALI Awards – Appellate Advocacy, Pre-Trial Litigation
  • Moot Court Board (Baker Cup Semi-Finalist)
  • Colgate Senior Class Orator
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