Professor Phillip Adams, '72, ​joined the Michigan Law faculty as a professor from practice in 2012, after having taught as an adjunct faculty member for a number of years. He teaches courses in the area of income taxation of business enterprises, with a focus on taxation of corporations and tax aspects of complex corporate transactions.

Recent courses Professor Adams has taught include Tax Planning for Corporate Transactions, Introduction to Income Taxation of Business Enterprises, Corporate Income Taxation, and Partnership Taxation. Professor Adams is a retired partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He practiced federal income tax law in the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as an associate (from 1972 to 1979) and as a partner (from 1980 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2011), and as counsel from 2012 to 2014. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Adams was general tax counsel of CBS Corporation and its predecessor, Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

In his practice at Skadden, Professor Adams advised law firm clients, including IBM, News Corporation, General Motors, Pfizer, U.S. Steel, Goldman Sachs, Alltel, and many others, in connection with tax aspects of structuring and executing mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, financings, and other complex corporate transactions.