R. Scott Adams

Senior Attorney
Winston-Salem,  NC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Workers Compensation
  • Labor and Employment
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Consumer Finance
University Colgate University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003
Law SchoolWest Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2007
Admitted2007, North Carolina; West Virginia; District of Columbia; United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina; United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina; United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; District of Columbia Court of Appeals
BornCharleston, West Virginia, January 14, 1981

Mr. Adams’ primary area of practice is consumer financial services law. He also focuses on banking and finance law, bankruptcy law, and creditors' rights. Mr. Adams has extensive experience in electronic discovery law and in defending employers in complex workers' compensation and other employment matters.

•Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2014
•Selected as one of the Triad's 40 Leaders Under Forty by The Business Journal, 2014

•Author, Banking on This: Spilman Mortgage & Consumer Banking Report
•“The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: There s a New Cop in Town,” The Whisper, DRI (December 2011)
•“Employers Face More Government Audits: HIPAA Compliance,” DRI Today, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar National Publication (November 30, 2011)
•Damages for Misclassified Employees Under the FLSA: Growing Support for the Half-Time Rate, The Job Description, DRI Newsletter (Spring 2011)
•Lawyering Basics: How to Take a Deposition, The Advocate, (NCBA YLD Newsletter, March 2011)
•“Unpaid Interns and Trainees: Beware of FLSA Liability,” The Voice, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar National Publication (June 23, 2010)
•“Challenges Presented By 2010 FEO 1, Prohibiting Representation of the Insured Where No Contact Can Be Established,” The Defender, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Newsletter (Spring 2010)
•“Medical Motion Procedures Before the North Carolina Industrial Commission,” The Course and Scope, NCBA Workers Compensation Section (co-author) (Winter 2009-10)
•“Overview of Undocumented Workers in North Carolina,” Workers Compensation and Employers Liability Law Newsletter, ABA TIPS Section (Summer 2008)

Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in the Digital Age (Annual Training for Virginia District Court Substitute Judges, 2011)
•Electronic Discovery, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC Litigation Department Training (Co-Presenter)

•Order of the Barristers
•Patrick Duffy Koontz Award
•CALI Awards - Appellate Advocacy, Pre-Trial Litigation
•Moot Court Board (Baker Cup Semi-Finalist)
•Colgate Senior Class Orator

All Consuming: July 2014
Disputing Debts under the FDCPA - The Effect of the Fourth Circuit’s Opinion in Clark v. Absolute Collection Service, Inc.
Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions
SuperVision Today: Second Quarter 2014
New Social Media Guidance for Financial Institutions (Which Might Include You)
Community Banking Excellence: Issue 1, 2014
Did You Miss It? Important New Guidance for Financial Institutions Using Social Media
Can You Keep Up? Emergence of CFPB and Significant Developments Transform Consumer Finance Landscape
The Construct: First Quarter 2014
Deliberate Intent: Beyond Workers’ Compensation and Into the Assets of Your Business

North Carolina SuperVision Symposium Helps Businesses Prepare for What’s Next
Spilman Attorney Scott Adams Named to 40 Leaders Under Forty List
Spilman Attorneys Recognized by NC Super Lawyers
Spilman Attorney Discusses Effects of CFPB
Young lawyers face changing job market in Triad
Spilman Attorney R. Scott Adams Leads 4ALL in Winston-Salem
Merely a Clue or a Bright Line Test?
Spilman Attorney on the Frontier of E-Discovery Ethics
Spilman Thomas & Battle Helps Employers Guard Against Trending Labor and Employment Lawsuits
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Reported CasesRepresentative Experience: Representing and counseling clients regarding numerous federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Financial Privacy Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, Regulation Z, the National Bank Act, and numerous state consumer protection laws; Representing banks and other financial institutions in commercial loan transactions, workout of distressed assets, and commercial foreclosures; Defending financial institutions and other creditors in litigation involving alleged violations of state and federal consumer protection laws in connection with home mortgage loans, unsecured loans, automobile financing, credit card accounts and consumer credit sales; Representing clients in class actions regarding alleged violations of consumer protection statues and mortgage lending; Representing financial institutions in bankruptcy courts, including adversary proceedings; Extensive experience in litigating general civil litigation matters and obtaining favorable results through aggressive motion practice; Representing self-insured employers and carriers in complex workers' compensation cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission

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CFPB Proposes Changes to Reg C
R. Scott Adams, August 19, 2014
The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”), implemented through Regulation C, is the next target for changes by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). The CFPB’s proposed rule claims to simplify the reporting process for financial institutions while also...

Disputing Debts under the FDCPA - The Effect of the Fourth Circuit’s Opinion in Clark v. Absolute Collection Service, Inc.
R. Scott Adams, July 26, 2014
In January of this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth Circuit”) decided the case of Clark v. Absolute Collection Service, Inc. (741 F.3d 487, 4th Cir. 2014). The question of first impression before the Court was whether Section 1692g(a)(3) of the...

Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions
R. Scott Adams, June 10, 2014
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The SCRA has been expanded several times over the last decade, and...

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R. Scott Adams

110 Oakwood Drive, Suite 500
Winston-SalemNC 27103


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