Nathan "Nate" A. Adams IV is a partner practicing in complex commercial and appellate litigation with a special emphasis on healthcare, education and hospitality, as well as nonprofit and religious organizations. Dr. Adams has argued in federal courts nationwide and in state courts in Florida, Colorado and the District of Columbia. In addition, Dr. Adams serves as outside legal consultant and general counsel for several organizations. Dr. Adams is a Florida Bar Board Certified Education Lawyer. Before joining Holland & Knight, Dr. Adams worked for the Florida Executive Office of the Governor and the Florida Department of Education, including the Division of Florida Colleges and Board of Governors. His extensive experience includes the following:


  • Defending healthcare institutions against antitrust, deceptive and unfair trade practices (DUTPA), breach of contract and non-competition claims
  • Defending adverse licensure actions against healthcare, pharmaceutical and drug companies
  • Defending healthcare institutions against constitutional claims, taxation assessments and Medicaid overpayments
  • Counseling regarding and litigating False Claims Act exposure relating to leasing and physician compensation under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law
  • Assisting with investigations and legal opinions relating to acquisitions, sales and mergers of healthcare institutions
  • Consulting on healthcare bioethics
  • Assisting with formation of captive insurance companies


  • Structuring, licensing and accrediting post-secondary institutions as well as defending adverse licensure and accreditation actions
  • Advising educational institutions on compliance with Title IV, VI, VII and IX and conducting related investigations and litigation
  • Consulting on sales, mergers and acquisitions of educational institutions
  • Cyber breach prevention, reporting, litigation and crisis management
  • Consulting on procurement laws and litigating procurement matters
  • Reviewing and defending First Amendment and admissions policies
  • Assisting educational institutions with hiring, advancement and adverse employment decisions.
  • Consulting on state educational licensure and distance learning
  • Filing accreditation applications and appeals and responding to complaints
  • Representing charter schools and management companies in applications, appeals, ethics and governance disputes
  • Consulting and litigating FERPA compliance, public records and ethics, records management and sunshine law cases
  • Litigating and appealing Blaine, adequacy and uniformity, and educational governance lawsuits
  • Lobbying the executive and legislative branch for public educational reform


  • Defending restaurants and hotels concerning Title VII, ADEA, ADA and other employment discrimination and class action litigation
  • Defending publicly-traded hospitality companies in securities class action litigation
  • Defending EEOC pattern and practice directed investigations
  • Advising hospitality companies about legal compliance with federal and state law
  • Defending general litigation against restaurants and hotels
  • Challenging state sales and other tax assessments
  • Assisting publicly-traded companies with reductions in force and executive transitions

Nonprofit and Religious Institutions

  • Defending First Amendment, Equal Protection, ministerial exception, church autonomy, land use and zoning, employment, Blaine amendment and property and taxation disputes
  • Structuring mergers, acquisitions and sales of domestic and international ministries and faith-based public contracts and grants
  • Assisting organizations with tax-exempt structuring, applications, re-classifications and support organizations  
  • Counseling on avoiding private inurement and excess benefit transactions
  • Assisting with legal audits and policies pertaining to public accommodations, codes of conduct, alternative dispute resolution, volunteers, safety and counseling
  • Consulting on tax-exempt bond and tax credit financing and preparing related opinions
  • Assisting with governance and board issues, including church property disputes and modifications to bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • Protecting and assigning intellectual property rights
  • Representing ministries in litigation, AAA international arbitration and religious conciliation proceedings


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Florida, Ph.D., International Political Economy, with high honors
  • Wheaton College, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • All State Courts in Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Board of Directors
  • NACUA Committee on Strategic Planning 
  • Florida Bar, Education Law Committee, Chair-elect, 2018; Chair, 2019
  • Florida Bar, Health Law Section
  • Florida Education Foundation, past Treasurer
  • Emergency Care and Help Organization (ECHO), past President
  • Federalist Society, Tallahassee Steering Committee
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXIX


Speaking Engagements