Jim McAdams

Jim McAdams retired from the Department of Justice in 2006 after a 25-year career with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. During that time, he served as an AUSA, the Chief of Narcotics Division, Executive AUSA, Acting USA, Managing AUSA of the West Palm Beach Branch Office, and Senior Litigation Counsel. In 1994 Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Jim as co-chair of the Joint Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Working Group. In 1995 Attorney General Reno appointed Jim as her Counsel for Intelligence Policy. In that position, he served as liaison with the various components of the Intelligence Community and also oversaw all submissions of wiretap and physical search applications by the FBI and NSA to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

In 2007, Jim agreed to come out of retirement to serve as a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia. He was instrumental in the development of the Electronic Surveillance Law lesson plan.


Jim retired again in 2013, but continues to periodically lecture and teach federal law enforcement officers at FLETC. Jim received Instructor Certification through the Law Enforcement Instructor Training Program (LEITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers.

Jim is a subject matter expert and faculty member for LEA and he is available for live training on any of the legal aspects of law enforcement. Please direct inquires to comms@lea.agency