• North Carolina Central University – J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A.
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • North Carolina State Bar

Matthew serves entrepreneurs and executives in the Cape Fear region, providing counsel in multiple areas of corporate law, including taxation (IRS appeals and Tax Court matters), contracts, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate compliance and risk management policies. In addition, Matthew focuses his practice on matters of estate planning and administration, with special emphasis on trust-based plans.

Matthew joined the Forrest Firm’s Wilmington office after practicing as a business and estate planning attorney for 13 years in multiple markets across the state of North Carolina.

Matthew spent the last five years heading the Law Firm of Matthew D. Adams, PLLC in Wilmington. There, he served as corporate and tax counsel to businesses in the area, as well as trustee for multiple special needs and general trusts for estate planning clients.

Matthew began his career as a staff attorney and tax associate at the Raleigh office of North Carolina accounting and consulting firm Dixon Hughes PLLC in 2004. He entered private practice of the law in 2005, joining Aberdeen law firm Webb & Graves, PLLC, developing his practice in the areas of corporate taxation and estate planning, and trust administration.

In 2007, Matthew joined the Farrell Law Group in Raleigh expanding his corporate practice to include corporate formations and securities. In 2008, he left Raleigh for Wilmington, working in corporate taxation and estate planning as a partner at James S. Price and Associates. In 2010, Mr. Adams moved to the Wilmington firm of Hodges & Coxe PC to further expand his corporate practice into areas such as corporate compliance and employment law.