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To contact Sam please call or email: 505.582.2819

Sam Adams has been named by Southwest Super Lawyers® as one of the 2016’s Top 25 Southwest Super Lawyers® in New Mexico.

Her practice is focused on litigation for business, government and non-profit organizations.  As a trial lawyer, her experience spans the insurance, employment, education, health care and among others, trucking industry.  But, also as a trial lawyer, Sam understands the value of good legal advice in advance of a trip to the courtroom. She regularly advises members of management and boards of directors on issues related to insurance coverage, employer/employee disputes, contract relations and negotiations, covenants not to compete, trade practices and, among other things, how to avoid litigation.

Sam has advised clients including Turner Enterprises Inc., Mountain States Insurance Group, the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico Cancer Center, San Juan Coal Company, Resources, Inc., New Mexico Community Capital, WESST Development, Century Administration, Remax Classic Realty and EMCORE Corporation.  In addition, she has been an instructor for numerous educational services, providing core legal education and updates in the areas of human resources/employment and education.

Sam Adams is an AV® Preeminent lawyer and has been awarded the highest ratings for professional ethics and legal ability by her peers. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Sam as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States and as a Litigation Star in New Mexico.  Super Lawyers Badge for Sam AdamsShe has been named among those in Southwest Super Lawyers® and is one of the 2016 Top 25 Southwest Super Lawyers® in New Mexico. Sam is proud to have been recognized locally by New Mexico Business Weekly as a “Woman of Influence.” Sam is a two-term past-president of the New Mexico School of Law Alumni and currently serves on its board as well as the board of the Albuquerque Bar Association. She is an active member of the State Bar of New Mexico and New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, and was recently named a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

Prior to attending law school, Sam was a senior claims representative for Farmers Insurance Company of Arizona, where she was responsible for litigated files and for arbitration of insurance disputes.  Today, in addition to her law practice, she intermittently serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of New Mexico School of Law.


University of New Mexico – School of Law J.D. (May 2003), cum laude

  • Order of the Coif – graduated in top 10% of class
  • National Association of Women Lawyers – Outstanding Law Graduate (2003)
  • Dean’s Award (2003)
  • New Mexico Law Review – Manuscript Editor/Staff (2001-2003)
  • National Moot Court Team Assistant Coach (2002-2003)
  • National Moot Court Team Regional Finalist (2001-2002)

Marquette University – B.A. in Psychology (May 1995)

Legal Experience:

Adams+Crow, P.C. (June 2016-present) Managing Partner

Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. (June 2002-May 2016) Law Clerk, Associate, Shareholder

Other Legal Experience:

Adjunct Professor – University of New Mexico School of Law (2012, 2014-2015, anticipated Spring 2016-2017)

District Attorney Clinic – University of New Mexico School of Law (Oct. 2003-Nov. 2003)

Senior Claims Representative – Farmers Insurance Company of Arizona (Nov. 1997-July 2000)

Legal Assistant/Paralegal – Richard L. Everson, Attorney at Law, Milwaukee, WI (Nov. 1990-July 1992)

Related Experience:

Staff Manager – Marquette University Service Learning Program (Sep. 1993-May 1995)

Grants Assistant – Marquette University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (July 1992-Sep. 1993)

Bar Admissions:

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Qualified Immunity and “Factual Correspondence” in New Mexico: The Tension between Formalism and Legal Realism, 32 NMLR 439 (2002)

Community Service:

  • Fellow of the American Bar Association (2016)
  • Second Judicial District, Emancipation Project (2016)
  • Inn of Court (2014-present, intermittently)
  • Albuquerque Bar Association (2013-present)
  • UNM School of Law, Board of Directors (2006-present, Past President, 2012-2014)
  • Second Judicial District, Volunteer Attorney Pool & LawLaPalooza (intermittently)
  • Federal Court Pro Bono Panel (2012-present)
  • New Mexico Legal Aid, Pro Bono General Counsel (2013-present)
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center, Pro Bono General Counsel (2014-present)
  • UNM School of Law Student/Faculty Representative (2000-2003)
  • Phi Delta Phi (2002-2003)
  • Women’s Law Caucus President (Spring 2002-2003)
  • Dismas House Volunteer (2001-2003)
  • College Recruitment Outreach Volunteer (2002)
  • High School Recruitment Outreach Volunteer (2003)
  • Accepted Applicants’ Day Speaker (2013)
  • Internship with HONOR, Honor Our Neighbor’s Origins and Rights, Writer/Advocate, Milwaukee, WI (Jan. 1991-May 1991)
  • Students Enhancing Education, SEE, Milwaukee, WI, President/Advisor (Jan. 1992-May 1995)


  •  Verbal and written proficiency in Spanish
  • Public speaking and public relations training
  • Extensive cultural diversity training
  • Mediation training