Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County
Atlanta Judicial Circuit
The Honorable Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams is serving her second term on the Superior Court of Fulton County. She was elected to the bench and began her service in January 2009 on the State of Georgia’s largest and busiest trial court. Prior to her election, Judge Adams served the citizens of Fulton County as a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney where she prosecuted major, complex felony cases. Her exceptional commitment to victims and community safety earned her the coveted distinction of Special Unit Trial Attorney of the Year by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. Judge Adams began her public service career in 2002 after practicing as an employment attorney with a national labor and employment boutique.
A past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Judge Adams is an active bar leader and dedicated community servant. She has served in a number of leadership capacities, both professionally and in her community, including the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Restorative Justice Board of the Atlanta Municipal Court, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Bar Association Judicial Council, the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Section, the Foundation of Wesley Woods and the Gate City Bar Association Judicial Section where she is Immediate Past Chair. In addition, Judge Adams serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees and as Chair of the National Advisory Board for Foreverfamily, a non-profit organization committed to mitigating the collateral effects on children of incarcerated parents. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she also has been an active member and officer of Cascade United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta for nearly three decades.
Recognized both for her commitment to her profession and the community, Judge Adams has been the recipient of several honors and awards, most notably, Who's Who in Law and Business by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (2006); Superwoman by Atlanta Tribune Magazine (2011); Woman of the Year - "Ordinary Woman With Extraordinary Talents" by Women Looking Ahead News Magazine (2008), Women Looking Ahead Woman of the Year Honoree – One of Georgia’s Most Influential Judges (2013), the Gate City Bar Association Thelma Wyatt Moore Legacy Award (2009) and the Alvin McKenna Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Notre Dame Law School Black Law Students Association (2010). Judge Adams also is a recipient of the Pinnacle Leadership Award from the East Point/College Park Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2012), the Ben Hill United Methodist Church Martin Luther King, Jr. Award (2013), and she was named to the Atlanta Business League’s 2012 and 2013 Lists of Atlanta’s Top 100 Women of Influence. In 2012, Judge Adams received the Spirit of GABWA Award – the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney’s highest award; and she was an honored recipient of the The Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in 2013. Most recently, Judge Adams received the Gate City Bar Association President’s Award of Excellence. Judge Adams also was invited to the White House in 2013 to participate in a research workshop which explored the effects of parental incarceration on children.
Judge Adams is among the city’s and State’s leaders and is an alumnus of both Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia. She also is a member of several local and national bar associations. In addition, Judge Adams is committed to the development of young people and frequently serves as a mentor, speaker, moderator and panelist on topics ranging from the law and professionalism to education and the family.
Judge Adams earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Notre Dame Law School. She resides in Atlanta with her husband, Michael, and they are the proud parents of an adult son.