Areas of Practice
  • James Madison University, B.S. Economics, 1986
  • United States Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, Yorktown, Virginia, 1987
  • George Washington University, M.A. Legislative Affairs, 1995
Bar Admissions
  • Not licensed to practice law.
James Adams
Director of Government Relations
Suite 600
499 S Capitol St SW
Washington, D.C. 20003
202.203.1016 tel
202.203.0000 fax

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James L. Adams is a Director of Government Relations with a focus in the fields of maritime policy, homeland security, transportation infrastructure, energy policy, and economic development.

Prior to joining Jones Walker, Mr. Adams was President and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) representing the owners and operators of U.S.-flag vessels that supply, support, and construct the subsea infrastructure necessary for offshore energy development. Under his leadership, the trade association confronted the challenges posed by the moratorium on drilling activity imposed following the Deep Water Horizon disaster.

Before his tenure at OMSA, Mr. Adams was Vice President of Government Affairs for American Commercial Lines, Inc. (ACL) where he advanced ACL's legislative and regulatory affairs programs to improve the nation's waterways transportation infrastructure. He also worked to implement positive changes on inland waterway tax policy and the U.S. Coast Guard's regulation of the inland barge industry.

Additionally, Mr. Adams has experience in railroads and highway infrastructure development. As Resident Vice President for CSX Transportation, he represented CSX in government and community forums in Kentucky. In the public sector, Mr. Adams served in senior leadership positions in Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky’s Department of Public Protection.

Mr. Adams began his career as a Commissioned Coast Guard officer. At sea, he served as a deck watch office and department head with responsibilities for vessel operations, navigation, and maritime law enforcement. Later he was named Congressional Fellow to the Coast Guard and Navigation Subcommittee in the House of Representatives. Following his Coast Guard service, Mr. Adams joined the Subcommittee’s professional staff, advancing legislation supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and improving the safety and efficiency of regulatory programs affecting the offshore maritime industry, fishing industry, and inland barge industry.