Tammy L. Adkins Counsel

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Tammy’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including consumer finance litigation, class actions, antitrust, and multidistrict litigation.

Tammy has represented numerous clients in the consumer financial services industry, including consumer financial class action litigation arising out of the foreclosure crisis. Her experience includes defending class action and individual claims related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, various state consumer fraud and unfair business practices statutes, and counseling clients on compliance with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

Tammy also has participated in the handling of antitrust matters in federal courts and before arbitration tribunals. Her cases have involved price fixing, market allocation, tying arrangements, cartels, monopolization, attempted monopolization, Robinson-Patman Act claims, and antitrust conspiracies.

She also has experience in insurer liquidation proceedings, insurance coverage and defense, director and officer liability, auditor liability, and bankruptcy preference actions.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Tammy was a staff attorney in the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver for the State of Illinois.


  • Representation of a national bank in a series of putative class actions relating to the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
  • Representation of debt collection companies in FDCPA class actions.
  • Representation of companies in class action and individual cases brought under the TCPA arising from telephone or faxing practices.
  • Defense of domestic ocean shipping company in antitrust class action alleging price-fixing and bid rigging of ocean shipping rates between the United
    States mainland and Puerto Rico, including oversight and management of class-wide settlement. In Re: Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1960 (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico).
  • Defense of domestic ocean shipping company in antitrust putative class action alleging price-fixing and bid rigging of ocean shipping rates between the
    United States mainland and Hawaii and Guam. Obtained dismissal of claims based upon the filed rate doctrine, which was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit of the
    U.S. Court of Appeals. In Re: Hawaiian & Guamanian Cabotage Litigation, MDL 1972 (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington).
  • Representation of Jo Tankers, Inc., a parcel tanker shipping company, in consolidated multi-district class action litigation and related arbitrations of
    Sherman Act ยง 1 allegations in the ocean tanker shipping service industry. Along with a McGuireWoods team, she helped secure a May 2010 victory before the
    U.S. Supreme Court in Stolt-Nielsen v. Animalfeeds Int’l, 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), which held that the respondents could not be compelled under the
    Federal Arbitration Act to engage in class arbitration where the arbitration agreement was silent on the issue of class arbitration.