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Ellen M. Adams
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Columbia Attorney
Ellen M. Adams

Phone: 803.256.2660


Languages: English

Ellen’s 20-year career at Collins & Lacy has involved more than 1,000 cases.  She practices in workers’ compensation, is a certified circuit court mediator and also has experience in general litigation and professional liability. She has argued cases to the Full Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  Ellen is a native of Cayce, S.C. and received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She has been repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America©, and her reputation has earned her a BV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Greater Columbia Business Monthly named Ellen one of the 2012 Midlands Legal Elite in the area of workers’ compensation. 


  • University of  South Carolina, Juris Doctor
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • South Carolina Law Review
  • University of South Carolina, B.S. Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing & Economics
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity


  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


  • Insurance Agents/Brokers
  • Employers/Businesses


  • Collins & Lacy in the Blogosphere: Bookmark these Blogs
  • Eight Collins & Lacy Attorneys Designated “Best Lawyers”
  • Ellen Adams Selected for Council on Litigation Management
  • Eight Collins & Lacy Attorneys Selected for 2010 Best Lawyers
  • Five Collins & Lacy Attorneys Selected for ‘Best Lawyers 2009

Practice Focus/Trial Experience

  • Workers’ Compensation: defense of self-insured and uninsured employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers.
  • Professional Negligence: claims involving medical malpractice claims and negligence claims of chiropractors, nurses and medical technicians.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers© (2009-2013)

Professional, Civic, and Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • International Society of  Primerus Law Firms

Papers, Presentations and Publications

  • Back to Basics: A Quick Guide to Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina, South Carolina Workers’ Comp Law Blog, March 2011
  • Sanctions, Pleadings, Appeals, and Medical Under the Revised Workers’ Comp Act, SC Bar, September 2007
  • Should I Depose the Doctor and What Should I Ask?, SC Workers’ Compensation Section of the SC Bar, July, 2006
  • Note, Undisclosed Recordings of Conversations by Private Attorneys, South Carolina Law Review, 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • Ellen Adams to Speak at IROPS Conference, November 13, 2009, The New Nurse Case Management Regulations

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Collins & Lacy, P.C.

1330 Lady Street
Sixth Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
United States

Law Firm Contact: Joel Collins, Jr. / Christian Stegmaier

Tel: 803.256.2660

Fax: 803.771.4484



Member Since: 1996

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