Adam Hopler

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Adam Hopler earned his undergraduate degree in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also lettered with the wrestling team.

Adam started his career as a teacher. He taught a variety of history subjects to middle school and high school students at Cresset Christian Academy for two years. He then went on to graduate from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law where he held the student position of Teaching Scholar, participated in moot court and client counseling competitions, was the Service Chair for Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity and devoted much of his time to the Juvenile Justice Project and the study of Restorative Justice. Adam is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar since 2011.

Adam is a member of the Durham County Bar Association, the law fraternity Delta Theta Phi, the George H. White Bar, and the Durham County Adult Protection Multidisciplinary Team. He is also a board member of the Durham-Orange County Estate Planning Council currently and has been committee chair with the N.C. Bar Association for Civic Education and Community Engagement Committee in years past, and is a frequent participant with the Middle School Mock Trials encouraged through the same, as well as high school mock trials as organized throughout the state. Adam also volunteers with JusticeMatters, a Durham based organization that works to provide legal services to human trafficking survivors, along with humanitarian immigration work and certain related civil issues. He is an active member of the Downtown Durham Campus of the Summit Church which meets in the Historic Carolina Theatre in Durham where he serves with the Embrace Ministry dedicated to foster care and adoption support. Adam is married to his wife, Alaina, and they have six children. He and his wife were licensed foster parents in Durham for four years.

Adam’s practice focuses on helping people navigate becoming and being a fiduciary for their loved ones, whether through guardianships, agency under powers of attorney, as trustee, or informal arrangement.  Adam is a big proponent of people doing their estate planning early and often, with Wills, Trusts, and powers of attorney, but he can help family and friends navigate the care of others regardless of whether such plans are ever put into place. Adam loves to work alongside his clients to tackle complex problems, and he regularly works alongside attorneys in other fields of law to assist with issues made more complex by the death of incapacity of people involved in important legal matters.

Areas of Practice

Adult Guardianships
Fiduciary and Agency Law
Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney)
Estate and Trust Administration
Proceedings before the Clerk of Superior Court


The University of North Carolina, BA
Campbell University, JD



  • Licensed and admitted to practice law in North Carolina State Courts
  • Admitted to practice in Eastern and Western Districts of N.C. Federal Court
  • Member, Durham County Bar Association
  • Member, NC Bar Association
  • Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council, Board Member
  • Durham County Adult Protection Multidisciplinary Team
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