Santa Rosa Law Firm (707) 528-2882

William L. Adams, Partner in Santa Rosa, CA

A native of Chicago, Bill has more than 30 years of experience in successful strategic planning, policy implementation and leadership team development in both the public and private sectors.

An innovative, solution-oriented attorney, he serves as a counselor and an advocate for clients across the spectrum of legal services from proactive risk advice and cooperative transactions to crisis resolution and litigation.

In 2015, Bill retired as Deputy County Counsel for Sonoma County.

A resident of Windsor since 1993, he is actively involved in youth sports, local schools, and wide range of regional community programs addressing literacy, hunger, infrastructure collaboration, and economic development.

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Community Involvement:

  • President, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2004
  • Founding member, Richard Sangster American Inns of Court, serving Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank, former Board member
  • Sonoma County Library Commission, former Commissioner
  • Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association, former Trustee
  • California Intergovernmental Management Training Institute Class XXXVI, 2007
  • Sonoma County Management Academy VIII, 2008
  • Recognized as Sonoma County “Volunteer of the Year”, 2010
  • Fellow, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Class of 2013
  • Trustee, Windsor Unified School District, 2015
  • Board Member, Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees, 2016
  • Member, Sonoma County Healthcare Coalition, 2016
  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)


  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1982
  • J.D., University of Oregon, 1993
    Managing Editor, Oregon Law Review
  • M.A., National Defense University, 1998
  • Stanford University, California Association of Public Retirement Systems Trustee Program, 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School Executive Education Program, 2014