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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Jay Adams is a partner in the firm's Tax & Estates Practice Group. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Adams has represented clients in matters involving practically every type of state and local tax in a number of states and local jurisdictions. He is 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. He has successfully represented clients in many landmark Louisiana tax cases before the Louisiana Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, including International Paper Company v. Bridges, in which the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling that has resulted in tax savings of tens of millions of dollars for Louisiana businesses.

Mr. Adams is also a founder and editor of Cooking with SALT, a legal blog committed to providing timely insights on recent legal and practical developments concerning clients in many state and local taxing jurisdictions on matters involving income, franchise, net worth, gross receipts, sales/use, business and occupational license, severance, ad valorem property, and other miscellaneous taxes.


  • 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