Jay has achieved an AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity.Jay was born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1963 and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1985 from Louisiana State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in 1988.
Jay spent his first year practicing with a firm in Shreveport, La., before returning home to practice with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein in 1989, where he is a senior partner.
Jay currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, representing District 7. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Jay’s professional affiliations include the Louisiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Jay is admitted to practice before all Louisiana Courts, the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Western District of Louisiana and the United States Supreme Court.
Jay is active in his community and church and has served on numerous boards and committees and is a past president of the Ouachita Parish LSU alumni association. He is married to Rayne Roques Adams, and they have two children, son Sean and daughter Ashleigh.
Practice areas include:
- Arson Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Divorce, Custody, and Family Law
- Health & Healthcare Law
- Insurance Litigation
- Insurance Subrogation
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Toxic Torts
- Transportation Law Railroads & Trucking
Lewis v. Brown, et al
Jay Adams recently successfully defended his clients and won a zero verdict in the matter of Lewis vs. Brown, et al. Plaintiff and several other passengers on a city bus claimed that a three vehicle accident occurred involving the bus. However, evidence at trial resulted in conflicting testimony regarding whether there was any impact at all with the bus. Further, the physical evidence established that there was a significant collision between the two other vehicles near the bus but there was no physical evidence that the bus was actually impacted by either vehicle. As a result, the trial judge dismissed all claims, finding that plaintiff had failed to carry her burden of proof.
Denetrius Bryant Vs. Direct General Insurance Company
Jay Adams recently obtained a zero trial verdict on an issue of contested liability in an automobile accident case. As the defendant crested a hill on a rural highway, he was confronted by plaintiff’s vehicle stopped directly in front of him and a second vehicle, driven by plaintiff’s husband, had stopped in the oncoming lane. The Court found that even though defendant admitted he was traveling between 65-70 mph in a 55 mph zone, his speed was not a substantial factor in the accident, as the evidence established that the accident was unavoidable due to the fault of plaintiff and her husband, even if the defendant had been traveling at 55 mph.
Smith v. LSU Health Science Center-Monroe
Jay Adams won a dismissal for his client in a medical malpractice claim. The suit arose from an allegation that plaintiff had been administered two medications and that the provider had failed to warn the plaintiff of the inherent dangers in taking the second medication, which was allegedly contraindicated. Plaintiff claimed this failure resulted in congestive heart failure.
Debbie Worley v. Allstate Insurance Co.
Jay Adams successfully defended Allstate in a trial in which plaintiff asserted underinsured motorist claims, obtaining a zero verdict on all claims. Plaintiff, a stock broker, was unable to prove any loss of wages claim resulting in a complete dismissal against Allstate.