Alfred G. Adams, Jr.

Alfred G. Adams, Jr.: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP AV stamp icon
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Working on projects across the country and especially in southern states, Al Adams represents foreign and U.S. investors, lenders, developers and entrepreneurs in connection with virtually every type of commercial real estate project, including multifamily, multiuse, retail, office and hotel properties.

Al works extensively in the acquisition and development area and on mortgage and joint venture financing of retail and other commercial projects. With more than 35 years in real estate law, he has developed considerable hands-on experience in real estate workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcy reorganizations.

An adjunct professor at Duke University School of Law, Al taught a course in Real Estate Finance for several years. He frequently speaks at continuing legal education seminars on topics such as retail development and leasing, real estate workouts and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures.

Selected Experience

Represented a pension fund adviser in numerous transactions.
Represented Worthing Southeast in multifamily projects.
Represented Ronus Properties in retail, office and multiuse projects in Georgia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Tennessee and Texas.


“Multifamily housing is on the rise, because we look at housing differently than we did a few years ago. Maybe young folks can’t afford a house or can’t get a loan in what is still a tight credit market. Maybe they rent because their careers are more mobile. Meanwhile, older people own a retirement home and rent a place in the city. It all makes for a market where investors are very interested in multifamily housing.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: Changes to 2016 ALTA Survey Standards - What You Need to Know (March 24, 2016)
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) recently adopted revised Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. ...

Legal Alert: Bankruptcy Court Denies CMBS Lenders’ Requests to Dismiss Bankruptcy Petitions of SPE Affiliates of General Growth Properties, Inc. (August 19, 2009)

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Rejects Pre-Confirmation Tax Exemptions (June 18, 2008)


What Happened to Real Estate Bankruptcies? (December 2010)
Reprinted with permission from the Georgia Bar Journal, Volume 16, Number 4, December 2010. Copyright State Bar of Georgia. Statements expressed within this article are not endorsements of products or procedures by the State Bar of Georgia.

The Real Estate Lender’s Updated Guide to Single Asset Bankruptcy Reorganizations (January 2010)
Reprinted with permission from DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal

The Real Estate Lender’s Updated Guide to Single Asset Bankruptcy Reorganizations (Fall 2009)
Commercial Law Journal

Streets of Buckhead Paved with Legal Work (July 28, 2008)
Reprinted with permission from Daily Report

What Every Landlord Should Know About Bankruptcy (April 1, 2002)
Reprinted with permission from Retail Law Strategist, April 2002, published by The International Council of Shopping Centers

Springing Exclusive - Another Technique to Resolve Exclusive Use Issues (2002)
Retail Law Strategist

Developing a Shopping Center on a Ground Lease (2001)
Retail Law Strategist


“At Eversheds Sutherland (US), we do hospitality, multifamily, retail and industrial real estate law, and each one has specialized knowledge and laws that apply to it. We provide clients with specific industry experience and expertise by product type.”


Distressed Real Estate: Acquisition Fundamentals and Capital Sources (November 17, 2009)
Sutherland Partners Alfred G. Adams Jr., James B. Jordan and Wade H. Stribling are speaking at a seminar entitled Distressed Real Estate: Acquisition Fundamentals and Capital Sources on November ...

Awards and Rankings

“I’ve stayed at Eversheds Sutherland (US) for more than 35 years because it’s a good place to practice-good work with good friends in a good environment.”

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of real estate (2003-2019)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2008-2011)

Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? in the area of real estate (2008-2012)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law (1995-2019)

Recognized as “Atlanta Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America (2011)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2016)

Named among the “Top 100 Georgia Attorneys” by Atlanta Magazine (2007, 2008)

Named among the “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine (2006-2009)

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Real Estate
  • Acquisition & Development
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Leasing
  • Real Estate Finance, Capital Markets & Commercial Mortgage Servicing
  • Retail
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Duke University, A.B.
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, Administrative Law Editor, Duke Law Journal, Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
1974, Georgia

Professional Activities

Former Chair, Real Property Section, State Bar of Georgia
Former Co-chair, Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Board of Visitors, Duke University School of Law
fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Member, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Birth Information:
Durham, North Carolina, June 26, 1948

Peer Reviews

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