John T. Adams was elected District Attorney of Berks County in 2008. Prior to 2008, John was an associate attorney at Rhoda, Stoudt & Bradley in Reading, Pennsylvania from 1990-1992. He served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office from 1992-1994 and as a partner in the law firm of Linton, Distasio, Adams & Edwards, P.C. from 19
94 through 2007.
District Attorney Adams is a lifelong resident of Berks County. He’s the fifth child born to the late Reverend Dr. Garnet and the late Vera Warner Adams. John was raised in Womelsdorf at the Bethany Children’s Home where his father was the Superintendent for 35 years until his retirement in 1989.
District Attorney Adams resides in Cumru Township with his wife Betsy and four daughters. District Attorney Adams has strong family ties to Berks County. His sister, Dr. Betsy Adams, is the Principal of Conrad Weiser High School. His brother, Russell Adams, is a retired Berks County Assistant Chief of Juvenile Probation. His sister-in-law, Faith Adams, is a retired Governor Mifflin School Teacher. District Attorney Adams Brother, Gar, is retired sailing his boat in Honduras.
District Attorney Adams graduated from Conrad Weiser High School in 1979. He graduated from Shippensburg University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation from Shippensburg, John returned to Berks County where he served as a Adult Probation and Parole Officer in the Berks County Adult Probation and Parole Office until the Fall of 1987. In the Fall of 1987, John began his legal career by attending the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. District Attorney Adams graduated with Honors from the New England School of Law in 1990.
District Attorney Adams is an active member of the community and donates his time to various organizations. In 2006, District Attorney Adams was awarded the Berks County Pretrial Services President’s Award for his special dedication to the agency, the justice system and the community. In 1997, District Attorney Adams received the W. Richard Eshelman award from the Berks County Prison Society. Additionally, District Attorney Adams has served as Chairman of the Criminal Division of the Berks County Bar Association and he is presently Co-Chair of the criminal division of the Berks County Bar Association. He is a former Board Member of Prospectus and a former member of the Selective Services Board. District Attorney Adams has also served on the Cumru Township Fire Study Committee. He is presently a member of the Advisory Board for Crime Alert Berks County. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #71 and a member of the Berks County Chiefs of Police Association.