Peacock Tales • Summer 2016

Frank G. Adams, longtime attorney and friend at Peacock Keller, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. He will be sorely missed.

Frank was born in Parkersburg, WV, on May 2, 1964, to the late Harry and Frances Adams. He married Kimberly Burwell in 1993, and together they have a daughter, Lindsey. In addition to his wife and daughter, Frank is survived by his brother, Paul Adams. Frank was a dedicated family man, and his passing will leave a significant void for them.

Frank spent his childhood years in several places - Puerto Rico, Oklahoma and West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University with a pre-law degree. He worked as a paralegal while he put himself through law school. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 1995. While in law school, Frank was a published member of the Duquesne Law Review. After law school, Frank worked as a law clerk to the late Honorable David L. Gilmore, then President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, where his imposing presence and gentlemanly manner were appreciated by the lawyers and parties appearing before Judge Gilmore.

Peacock Keller first hired Frank in 1997, and he worked with the firm as an associate attorney for two years. He briefly left the firm to work elsewhere, but was welcomed back to Peacock Keller in 2000. At Peacock Keller, Frank worked primarily in litigation, handling cases on a wide variety of subjects and in a number of jurisdictions in the Pennsylvania state courts and the Federal courts.

In the office, Frank was known as a hard worker, a peerless researcher, and a consummate writer. He had a remarkable memory for details of cases that he had worked on years earlier. His analysis of legal issues was always thorough and precise. His ability to synthesize and make sense of seemingly inconsistent legal concepts was unparalleled.

But more importantly, Frank was a friend to all of us at Peacock Keller. He always had time for one more question, one more convoluted issue, and one more brainstorming session. Frank had a great sense of humor, and although at times he compared himself to Eeyore, the Winnie-the-Pooh character, he more often exhibited a true love and respect for his co-workers, and a fascination with the world and universe around him, particularly deep space.

Peacock Keller will not be the same without Frank. We will do our best to carry on without him, and to emulate his skills and insight, and we will hope and pray for peace and comfort for his family.


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