Adelman Law Group, PLLC

Adelman Law Group, PLLC is a Sports and Entertainment Law firm that focuses on risk and safety at live events.

Steve Adelman is a litigator by training whose legal work has increasingly concentrated on helping clients mitigate the life safety risks and resulting legal disputes that arise from the production of live events at stadiums, arenas, outdoor festival grounds, brick and mortar event venues, and other public accommodations.

Industry Advocacy

Steve Adelman is fully immersed in the world of live events.  He is vice president of the Event Safety Alliance, an international association focused on putting life safety first at live events.  As the principal author of ANSI ES1.9-2020, Crowd Management, Steve literally wrote the authoritative book on how to safely manage people in public spaces.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the research and writing of three rounds of reopening guidance for event and venue professionals.  He is a sought-after author and speaker regarding risk management, event safety, and the law.

Contracts and Crowd Management Plans

Steve Adelman drafts and revises contracts to obtain maximum protection for his clients from the particular risks endemic to the event industry.  He writes crowd management plans for venue operators.  He creates messaging to support education and compliance.  He records staff training videos to ensure that everyone understands their role.

Expert Witness

Thanks to Steve Adelman's unique combination of legal training, advocacy skills, and deep knowledge of the event industry, he is a skilled expert witness regarding the standard of care applicable to live events in a wide variety of contexts.  Notable engagements have included the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage roof collapse and the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting litigation.

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Last Night at Astroworld

Last night at Astroworld, a festival held at NRG Park in Houston, at least eight people died and more than 300 others received medical treatment in a crowd crush during Travis Scott’s […]

“Ask Steve”

In this video, Steve Adelman explains the legal implications of key operational decisions for event professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Event Safety Alliance

The Event Safety Alliance® is dedicated to promoting “life safety first” throughout all phases of event production and execution. Steve Adelman is ESA’s Vice President.