Attorney Jarrett M. Adams specializes in criminal defense and civil rights cases. He practices in both state and federal court and is licensed to practice in New York, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Jarrett brings his life, professional experience and passion for justice to Birdsall Obear & Associates LLC to fight for our clients with the same vigor he fought for his own freedom.
Jarrett was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.
Jarrett used the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for the underserved and often uncounted. As a first step, Jarrett earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May 2015 and started a public interest law fellowship with Ann Claire Williams, judge for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. This is the same court that reversed Jarrett’s conviction because of his trial lawyer’s constitutional deficiencies. Jarrett also clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York with the late Honorable Deborah Batts.
Jarrett’s remarkable story has captured both local and national media attention. An adjunct professor at the Loyola University law school from 2014 to 2015, Jarrett is a recipient of the 2012 Chicago Bar Foundation’s Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Scholarship.
He also won the National Defender Investigator Association Investigator of the Year award for his work with the clemency petition of Reynolds Wintersmith ultimately granted by President Obama.
Jarrett launched the LAW OFFICE OF JARRETT ADAMS, PLLC. in 2017 and practices in both federal and state court throughout the country. His story of incarceration, exoneration and redemption has been featured widely in the media, and now available for purchase in his new book Justice For Sale.