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Steven A. Adelman

 
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Steve Adelman combines East Coast aggressiveness with a Western spirit of cooperation.

The New York native earned his bachelor's degree at Tufts University, master's degree at the University of Massachusetts, and law degree at Boston College, before moving to Arizona in 1996. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Before starting Adelman Law Group, PLLC, Steve gained large-firm legal experience in Arizona, Massachusetts and Maryland, managing and trying cases ranging from complex, multi-million dollar matters to relatively straightforward tort claims and contract disputes.

Regardless of the size and complexity of the matter, Steve Adelman strives to combine creative problem-solving and sound legal advice with greater personal attention on behalf of individuals and businesses.

 

 

Steven A. Adelman

PRACTICE AREAS

Sports and Entertainment Law

Injury and Property Damage Litigation

Commercial and Business Litigation

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Arizona

International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

Academy for Venue Safety & Security: Faculty

Event Safety Alliance

EDUCATION

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1994: National Trial Competition, "Best Advocate," Northeast Region, 1994

University of Massachusetts, M.A., History, 1989

Tufts University, B.A., American Studies, cum laude, 1985

BAR ADMISSIONS

Massachusetts, 1994

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1994

Arizona, 1997

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1997

Maryland, 2002

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2002

ARTICLES

"Ray Rice, False Ignorance and the 'New Privacy,'" Adelman on Venues, September 2014

"Comparative Fault and Individual Responsibility," Adelman on Venues, September 2014

"What Does It Mean to Be 'Reasonable'?" Adelman on Venues, February 2014

"Event Litigation ... from a Trial Lawyer's Vantage Point," Adelman on Venues, January 2014

"Allied in Safety," NFPA Journal, July/August 2013

"'What We've Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate,'" Adelman on Venues, June 2013

"Lessons from the Marathon," Adelman on Venues, April 2013

"The 'Baseball Rule' and Ticket Disclaimers," Adelman on Venues, March 2013

"A Reasonably Hard Shell: Making Your Venue Safe, Secure and Prepared to Handle a Crisis," Facility Manager, December/January 2013

"The Rebirth of Fenway," NFP Journal, July/August 2012

"Grown-Ups Watching Kids Having Fun” Adelman on Venues, May 2012

"The Right to Remain Silent” Adelman on Venues, April 2012

"The Rule of Law” Adelman on Venues, February 2012

"The Lawyer as Advocate” Adelman on Venues, January 2012

"'Can I?' Versus 'Should I?'” Adelman on Venues, November 2011

"What Good Is a Lawyer if the Answer to Every Question Is, 'It Depends'?" Adelman on Venues, October 2011

"Rules to Live By: Statutes, Codes and Treatises," Facility Manager, August/September 2011

"Concerts: Hot Fun in the Summertime," Adelman on Venues, June 2011

"Department of Education Fines Virginia Tech for Active Shooter Response," Adelman on Venues, April 2011

"A Matter of Opinion: How to Choose an Expert Witness," Facility Manager, February-March 2011

"The Allure of Disaster: A Commentary on Venue Safety," AVSS E-Update, January 2011

"The Court of Public Opinion," The Flip Side, October 2010

"'I'll Drink to That': Minimizing the Risk of Intoxicated Patrons," Facility Manager, August-September 2010

"'Open the Doors!': The Problem of Ingress," Facility Manager, August-September 2009

"Hard Lessons about Campus Violence," Facility Manager, August-September 2008

"'The University Community Is Urged to Be Cautious’: The Law of Guns on Campus," Venue Safety & Security, Summer 2008

"Helping the Disabled in an Emergency," Venue Safety & Security, Fall 2007

"A Sober Assessment: Rethinking Alcohol Sales after Josh Hancock," Facility Manager, August-September 2007

"The Legal Implications of Risk Management" (presentation), Academy for Venue Safety & Security, August 2007

"To Serve and Protect: The Problem of Underage Drinking," Venue Safety & Security, Summer 2007

"Just a Matter of Time: The Duty to Address Reasonably Foreseeable Risks," Facility Manager, June-July 2007

"Protected Critical Infrastructure Information: Reducing the Risk of Risk Assessment," Facility Manager, April-May 2007

"The Modern Civil Justice System," Class in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2007)

"Teenage Wasteland: Assumption of the Risk of Crowd Crush Injuries," Maryland State Bar Association "Bar Bulletin," November 2004

"Won't Get Fooled Again: Litigating Crowd Crush Cases," Trial, June 2004

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Steve Adelman has been interviewed as an expert in venue safety and security by media outlets throughout the U.S., including:

CNN
ESPN "Outside the Lines"
ESPN Radio
Associated Press
CTV "Canada AM"
KCBS Radio, San Francisco
KGUN TV, Tucson
KNXV TV, Phoenix
KPHO TV, Phoenix
KPNX TV, Phoenix
KSAZ TV, Phoenix
KSWB TV, San Diego
WBFF TV, Baltimore
WTTG TV, Washington, DC
KPCC Southern California Public Radio
KTAR Radio, Phoenix
Arizona Republic
Baltimore Sun
Boston Globe
San Francisco Chronicle
NFPA Insider
Venues Today
Facilities & Event Management

PRESENTATIONS

"The Venue as a Menace to Society," International Association of Venue Managers, Region 4 Meeting, May 2014

"The Event Safety Alliance," North American Contingency Association Annual Conference, May 2014

"The Fire Marshal as AHJ at Live Events from the Event Safety Alliance Perspective," National Fire Protection Association Annual Conference, June 2014

"A Reasonable Severe Weather Plan," Severe Weather Planning and Preparedness course, March 2014

"Facility Management Law School," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2014

"Event Safety Alliance," Tour Link, February 2014

"The Duty of Care for Crowd Management," International Crowd Management Conference, November 2013

"The Ethics of Recusal," Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Conference, November 2013

"Civil Liability and Risk Management for Tourism Businesses" (video), California Tourism Safety & Security Conference, September 2013

"Beyond Compliance: Risk Management and the ADA," Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability, August 2013

"Venue Legal News: Ripped from the Headlines!" VenueConnect, International Association of Venue Managers,
July 2013

"You are the Jury," Region IV, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), May 2013

"Safe at Any Speed?" Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, February 2013

"Facility Management Law School," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2013

"Event Safety Alliance," Event Live! 2013, February 2013

"We Have Seen This Before," AEG Expo, February 2013

"Electronic Dance Music," Arizona Chapter, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), January 2013

"Tragic, or Stupid? Liability for Fans Falling Over Railings at Ballparks" (video), Sports and Entertainment Venues Tomorrow, Columbia, SC, November 2012

"Crowd Management Training," International Crowd Management Conference, November 2012

"Ethical Lapses? A Concert Promoter's Lament," Arizona State University Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law, October 2012

"Electronic Dance Events" (panelist), Arena Managers Conference, September 2012

"When and How to Cancel an Event," Arizona Presenters Alliance, August 2012

"Guns in Venues and Other Bright Ideas," International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Arizona Chapter Meeting, August 2012

"Is Code the Standard of Care, or Just a Minimum Standard?" Phoenix Venue Security Directors, July 2012

"Been Occupied? Dealing with Long-Term Civil Disobedience," International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) webinar, June 2012

"Everything is Moving: Electronic Dance Festivals," International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) webinar, May 2012

"On the Hot Seat," International Association of Venue Managers Region IV, Edmonton, Alberta, May 2012

"Stormy Weather," Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, March 2012

"Mayhem Is in the Air," Severe Weather Preparedness Course, February 2012

"Facility Management Law School," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2012

"Physical Security," Performing Arts Managers Conference, February 2012

"The Ten Commandments of Live Event Safety," Pollstar Live! 2012, February 2012

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Legal Issues Regarding Guest Security, Illegal Workers," Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau, November 2011

"Empty Gesture? Security Theater and Guest Safety," International Crowd Management Conference, November 2011

"Ethical Issues in Sports and Entertainment Law," Arizona State University Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law, November 2011 | Intro, Part 1, Part 2

"How to Cancel Today's Show: Contracts, Challenges and Consequences," International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) webinar, October 2011

"Risk Management Strategy, Practice, and Rewards" (panelist), International Association of Venue Managers VenueConnect, Phoenix, July 2011

"WARNING: This Disclaimer May Have No Effect Whatsoever!" International Association of Venue Managers VenueConnect, Phoenix, July 2011

"The Pitfalls of Being Too Social" (panelist), University Venue Management Conference, Phoenix, July 2011

"Someone's Gonna Sue You, Sucka!" Academy for Venue Safety & Security CEO Symposium, Phoenix, July 2011

"Facility Management Law School," Richmond, Virginia, June 2011

"Drugs and Guns in Arizona," Arizona Private Security Professionals Association, May 2011

"On the Hot Seat: Deposition and Trial Testimony as an Expert Witness," Caragonne Life Care Planning Workshop, Ajijic, Mexico, February 2011

Facility Management Law School, Academy for Venue Safety & Security (Faculty Member), February 2011

"OSHA and the Public Assembly Venue," International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) webinar, October 2010

"That's Entertainment: Concerts, Sports and Torts," Arizona State University Law School, October 2010

"A Shot of Prevention: Alcohol Service and Mystery Shopping," Mystery Shopping Providers Association, September 2010

"Last Call for Alcohol: A Provocation," Southwest Security Conference, May 2010

"Managing and Controlling Deposition Testimony," Caragonne Life Care Planning Workshop, Ajijic, Mexico, April 2010

"High Pressure System: Emergency Planning for Severe Weather," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), Combined Region VI and VII Conference, April 2010

Faculty Member, Facility Management Law School, Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2010

"Is Your Facility Ready to Fight the Flu?" International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), October 2009

"'You Can Pay Now’: The Price of Falling Below the Standard of Care," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), July 2009

"Venue Experts Analyze ‘Top Model’ Mayhem" (panelist), AVSS E-Update, June 2009

"Trends in Hospitality Liability," California Tourism Safety & Security Conference, May 2009

"Legal Risk Management," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2009

"Fear Factor: Crisis Preparation in a University Setting," College Threat Assessment Conference, Arizona State University Safety and Security Council, February 2009

"Who's On Your Side? In-House Counsel, Outside Counsel, or You?" International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Performing Arts Managers Conference, February 2009

"Risky Business: Why Lawyers Love the Performing Arts," United States Institute for Theatre Technology, January 2009

"An Ounce of Prevention: Lawyerly Reasons to Spend Money on Security," Arizona Tourism Safety & Security Conference, November 2008

"Secrets, Security Guards and the Law: Case Studies," International Crowd Management Conference, October 2008

"AVSS Law School," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, August 2008

"Managing the Media," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Annual Conference, July 2008

"The Paper Chase: Documenting Threat Assessment in Anticipation of Litigation," Arizona Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, June 2008

"Settlement Negotiations: Everything a Lawyer Should Know," Lorman Seminar, April 2008

"Singing Off Key: ADA Compliance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House," Performing Arts Managers Conference, February 2008

"Interpretations of Reality: Managing the Media," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Performing Arts Managers Conference, February 2008

"Risk Management, the Law, and You," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2008

"Trapdoors Everywhere!" United States Institute for Theatre Technology, January 2008

"Risk … and Other Scary Concepts," Tempe Center for the Arts, December 2007

"Lawyers © Paper: What Can Be Protected, What Must Be Preserved," Arizona Tourism Safety and Security Conference, November 2007

"Vulnerability Identification Self-Assessment Tool," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), September 2007

"The Legal Implications of Risk Management," Academy for Venue Safety & Security, August 2007

"No Safe Harbor: The Station Night Club Fire," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Conference, July 2007

"A Reasonably Good Time: The Legal Duty of Public Assembly Facilities," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Conference, May 2007

"Creative Performance and the Law," Scottsdale Community College Music Industry Club, March 2007

"Bring Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Running a Public Assembly Facility in a Litigious Society," International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, January 2007

 
 

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