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Jennie DunKley
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Jean Murrell Adams opened the law firm of ADAMS ESQ in October of 2002. Ms. Adams’ experiences in advocating for a child with exceptional needs compelled her to establish a special education law practice. The attorneys, advocates and staff of ADAMS ESQ are committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities by advocating for free and appropriate public education. Since opening ADAMS ESQ, Ms. Adams has represented over 1000 children with special needs in proceedings before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and its predecessor agency. In addition, she has actively consulted in approximately 90 cases in Nevada since obtaining a multi-jurisdictional practice certification in 2010. Of these cases, approximately 20 have involved a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge or Hearing Officer, although several of these were amicably resolved prior to the conclusion of the hearing. Ms. Adams has also been involved in over a dozen special education appellate cases in the United States District Courts in the Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and in the District of Nevada.

Prior to founding ADAMS ESQ, Ms. Adams formed the litigation department at DreamWorks, where she managed all litigation matters relating to the film studios’ theatrical, television, home video and interactive gaming divisions worldwide. Ms. Adams was recruited to DreamWorks from Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. where as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, she represented Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Television, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Game Show Network and other subsidiaries. Ms. Adams began her legal career as law clerk to United States Bankruptcy Judge James R. Dooley (deceased), and went on to handle complex bankruptcy and real estate litigation at the law firms of Cox, Castle and Nicholson and Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Marmaro in Century City, California.

Ms Adams received her B.A. in 1983 from Princeton University and her J.D. in 1986 from the University of Southern California Law Center. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (voluntary inactive).

Ms. Adams has a long history of professional and community service. She has served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section, the State Bar Ethnic Minority Relations Committee, the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee (as an alumni interviewer) and on the USC Law Center Board of Councilors. She is also a long-time supporter and former Vice President of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles. Since 2005, Ms. Adams has served on the appointed panel of special education counsel representing children in foster care and the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles County.
Ms. Adams regularly presents parent workshops, particularly in low-income communities, to educate parents regarding their special education rights and responsibilities. She has recently taught parents at the Oakland Unified School District, TASK (Team of Advocates for Special Kids) in Anaheim, Bay Area Family Services in San Francisco and sponsors the FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) website in Las Vegas.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Ms Adams has authored numerous newspaper, blog and magazine articles, media presentations and co-authored book publications including the well-received Internet Guide for California Lawyers, 3rd Ed. (2001); The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firm, published by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, (2011) and California Special Education Law, published by the Practising Law Institute (2013). Ms. Adams was recently recognized by KQED public radio in San Francisco and Wells Fargo Bank as a Women's History Month Unsung Hero for her service on behalf of low-income children with special education needs.
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