Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 1987
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • Louisiana, 1995
  • Maryland, 1990
Jesse Adams, III
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8364 tel
504.589.8364 fax

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Tax & Estates Practice

Jay Adams is a partner in the firm’s Tax & Estates Practice Group.  Prior to joining Jones Walker, he was a founding member of the law firm of Oreck Crighton Adams & Chase.  Mr. Adams has represented clients in matters involving practically every type of sales and local tax in a number of states and local jurisdictions. During over twenty years of practice, he has represented clients with interests in all phases of the energy industry, including specifically companies involved in natural gas production, gathering, processing, transmission, storage, and distribution, and all of the associated state and local tax issues that can arise. He has represented taxpayers before administrative tribunals and in court in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado and Wyoming.

 He has successfully represented taxpayers in a number of significant state tax cases, including International Paper Company v. Bridges, 972 So.2d 1121 (La. 2008); Wyoming Department of Revenue v. Hanover Compression, L.P., 196 P.3d 781 (Wyo. 2008); Bridges v. Production Operators, Inc., 2010-0905 (La.App. 4th Cir. 2/8/10); Hanover Compressor Co. v. Department of Revenue, 838 So.2d 876 (La. App.3rd 2003); Scientific Drilling International, Inc. v. Meche , 29 So.3d 1283 (La. App. 3rd  2010), writ denied, 34 So.3d  298 (La. 2010); and Shell Pipeline Corp. v. Kennedy, 818 So.2d 903 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2002).

He is also a frequent speaker to a variety of professional organizations, including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Council on State Taxation and the Tax Executives Institute.




  • Recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Tax: US Taxes - Non-Contentious (listed annually since 2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Litigation & Controversy - Tax and Tax Law (listed annually since 2013)
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness' 2009 and 2018 Leadership in Law
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Tax







  • American Bar Association
  • Audubon Area Zoning Association (Past President)
  • American Cancer Society Hope Gala Executive Committee (Member)
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators
  • Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
  • Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association