J.D., George Washington University Law School, with Honors

B.S., Marketing, University of Maryland

B.S., Zoology, University of Maryland

B.A., East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Maryland


District of Columbia


U.S. Court of Appeals: Sixth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Sarah A. Adams

Senior Counsel

(202) 204-8472

Sarah Adams joined the firm as an associate in November 1997 and became a partner in 2002.  While at the firm, her practice has concentrated on representing citizen groups and individuals in complex environmental litigation in the federal courts under the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  Ms. Adams argued standing before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a Clean Water Act case and was one of the lead authors of an amicus brief to the Supreme Court regarding attorneys’ fees.  In 2004, Ms. Adams left the firm to spend time with her children, and in February 2018 returned to TPM in a new role as Senior Counsel.

Ms. Adams graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991 and received her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School in 1994.  While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Board and won Best Oralist in the Giles Rich Moot Court competition.

Following law school, Ms. Adams started her career as an associate at the Law Office of Alan Banov practicing in the areas of employment discrimination and labor law before joining TPM.