Overview

Nathan "Nate" A. Adams IV is a partner practicing in complex commercial and appellate litigation and regulatory compliance. His litigation experience includes class action defense and arbitration in a wide variety of industries, some of which are featured below. He has argued in federal courts nationwide and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, several federal appellate and district courts, The Florida Bar, Colorado Bar Association and The District of Columbia Bar.

In addition, Dr. Adams provides regulatory counsel and consults with management on strategic initiatives. He is active on Holland & Knight's Florida Government Advocacy Team, especially as it relates to public regulatory matters and investigations. Before joining Holland & Knight, Dr. Adams worked for the Florida Executive Office of the Governor and supervised several state agency legal departments, besides assisting with emergency management and judicial appointments.

Experience

Dr. Adams is a member of Holland & Knight's Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Sector Group and editor of its Healthcare Law Update. His practice includes:

 

  • Assisting healthcare providers with litigation and legal compliance related to COVID-19
  • Representing hospitals and defending healthcare institutions against antitrust, deceptive and unfair trade practices act (DUTPA), breach of contract and non-competition claims
  • Defending adverse licensure decisions against healthcare, pharmaceutical and drug companies
  • Defending healthcare institutions against constitutional claims, taxation assessments and Medicaid overpayments
  • Counseling regarding False Claims Act (FCA) exposure relating to leasing and physician compensation under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law
  • Assisting with due diligence pertaining to refinancing, mergers and acquisitions of healthcare institutions, including academic medical centers
  • Counseling regarding arbitration in the long-term care industry

Dr. Adams is a member of Holland & Knight's Education Team. He is the Chair of The Florida Bar Education Law Committee and one of only 52 Florida Bar Board Certified Education Lawyers. He is also a member of the Committee on Strategic Planning for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Dr. Adams previously served as counsel for the Florida Board of Governors and Division of Florida Colleges. He represents public and private schools, colleges, and universities. His practice includes:

 

  • Assisting educational institutions with legal compliance, funding and reopening issues related to COVID-19
  • Structuring, licensing and accrediting postsecondary institutions and support organizations such as research and development foundations, as well as defending adverse licensure and accreditation actions
  • Advising educational institutions and direct support organizations, including academic medical centers, on compliance with Title IV, VI, VII and IX and sovereign immunity, and conducting related investigations and litigation
  • Assisting with due diligence pertaining to refinancing, mergers and acquisitions of educational institutions and related nonprofit organizations
  • Advising on cyber breach prevention, reporting, litigation and crisis management
  • Reviewing and defending First Amendment and admissions policies
  • Consulting and litigating with respect to online education, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance, public records and ethics, records management and Florida Sunshine Law cases
  • Assisting with charter school application, compliance and litigation
  • Bringing and defending probate litigation including cy pres and deviation lawsuits in connection with donations to educational institutions
  • Litigating and appealing class action student, adequacy and uniformity, and educational governance lawsuits

Dr. Adams is a member of Holland & Knight's Real Estate & Hospitality Industry Sector Group. He leads the firm's Food and Beverage Team and edits its Food and Beverage Law Update. He has served as outside national labor and employment counsel for a hospitality brand. His practice includes:

 

  • Assisting hotels, restaurants, real estate investment trusts (REITs), grocery stores and the cruise line industries with legal compliance, funding and reopening issues related to COVID-19
  • Defending restaurants and hotels concerning Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment discrimination, retaliation and class action litigation
  • Defending publicly traded hospitality companies in securities class action litigation
  • Defending Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pattern and practice directed investigations
  • Challenging state sales and other tax assessments
  • Assisting publicly traded companies with reductions in force and executive transitions
  • Defending labeling disputes against DUTPA and common law claims

Dr. Adams leads Holland & Knight's Religious Institutions Team, is a member of its Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations Team, and edits its Religious Institutions Law Update. He is a Church Law & Tax Advisor at Large. His practice includes:

 

  • Assisting nonprofit and religious institutions with legal compliance, funding and reopening issues related to COVID-19
  • Defending First Amendment, Equal Protection, ministerial exception, church autonomy, land use and zoning, employment, Blaine amendment, defamation, and property and taxation disputes
  • Structuring mergers, acquisitions and sales of domestic and international ministries and faith-based public contracts and grants
  • Bringing and defending probate litigation including cy pres and deviation lawsuits in connection with donations to nonprofit institutions
  • 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
  • Representing ministries in litigation, appeals and religious conciliation proceedings

Dr. Adams is a member of the Insurance Industry Team and Florida Government Advocacy Team. His practice includes:

 

  • Assisting insurance and warranty companies with state regulatory compliance
  • Counseling financial institutions on insurance investment laws
  • Defending insurance and indemnity coverage disputes and commercial litigation such as fiduciary duty, fraud and coverage claims and reinsurance disputes

Credentials

Education
  • 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
Memberships
  • Florida Bar, Education Law Committee, Chair, 2019-present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Board of Directors
  • Advocates International, Board of Directors
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Committee on Strategic Planning 
  • 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

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