Because the processes of teaching and learning are inextricably intertwined, Steve Adelman writes often about safety and security issues at live events, and he is a widely-traveled speaker to audiences of event and venue professionals.  And because of his immersion in these issues and lively presentation style, Steve Adelman frequently speaks as a subject matter expert on national and local television and radio and in print media throughout North America.


Steven A. Adelman articles venue event safety security

“Threat Inflation,” Adelman on Venues, June 2019

“Sports, Work, and Other Dangerous Activities,” Adelman on Venues, June 2019

“Foreseeably ‘Unreasonable,'” Adelman on Venues, April 2019

“The Straight and Narrow Path,” Adelman on Venues, February 2019

“7 O’Clock News / Silent Night,” Adelman on Venues, December 2018

“SSDD,” Adelman on Venues, November 2018

“Crowd Expectations,” Adelman on Venues, October 2018

“Employees Versus Independent Contractors,” Adelman on Venues, September 2018

“Last Night Before the Backstreet Boys,” Adelman on Venues, August 2018

“Expectations,” Adelman on Venues, July 2018

“Meet Selena,” Adelman on Venues, June 2018

“Rethinking ‘Situational Awareness,'” Adelman on Venues, April 2018

“Mode-of-Operation Law in Arizona and Illinois,” DRI Customer Connection, April 2018

“Responding to Parkland,” Adelman on Venues, February 2018

“Teaching Risk Management in Venues,” Adelman on Venues, January 2018

“The First Checklist for 2018,” Adelman on Venues, December 2017

“Teachable Moments from Las Vegas,” Adelman on Venues, October 2017

“Foreseeing ‘Murderous Assaults:’ Causation in Active Shooter Cases,” DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee, September 2017

“Netting and Kneeling,” Adelman on Venues, September 2017

“Fighting in the Street,” Adelman on Venues, August 2017

“Event Security and Black Swans,” Adelman on Venues, July 2017

“After Manchester,” Adelman on Venues, May 2017

“Lessons from Hamilton,” Adelman on Venues, May 2017

“The Myth of Situational Awareness,” Adelman on Venues, February 2017

“Oakland in Context,” Adelman on Venues, December 2016

“Safety, One Year After Paris,” Adelman on Venues, November 2016

“Wages and Hours,” Adelman on Venues, October 2016

“Reasonable Practices,” Adelman on Venues, September 2016

We All Contain Multitudes,” Adelman on Venues, July 2016

“Run, Hide, Fight: Why the Current Version Doesn’t Work for Live Events, and How to Do Better,” Protocol, July 2016

“Train the Shepherds,” NFPA Journal, July 2016

“Insurance: A Sad Story with Two Important Morals,” ETCP Certifiable News, June 2016

What’s Different About Orlando?” Adelman on Venues, June 2016

The Eggshell Skull Plaintiff,” Adelman on Venues, May 2016

Duty of Care: It’s Better to Be Smart Than Dumb,” Adelman on Venues, March 2016

The Indiana State Fair and the Importance of Contracts” Adelman on Venues, February 2016

What MakesYou Feel Safe?” Adelman on Venues, January 2016

Paris in Perspective,” Adelman on Venues, November 2015

The Trouble with Templates,” Adelman on Venues, October 2015

Baseball Stadium Safety, Inning 2: Eyes on the Ball,” Adelman on Venues, September 2015

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – I’m Not Scared,” Adelman on Venues, July 2015

Best Practices: A Legal Disclaimer,” Protocol: The Journal of the Entertainment Technology Industry, Summer 2015

“‘… Under the Same or Similar Circumstances,'” Adelman on Venues, May 2015

Jobsite Safety: When the Cause of the Incident Is Not the Cause of Death,” Adelman on Venues, January 2015

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 2012/January 2013

The Rebirth of Fenway,” NFPA Journal, July/August 2012

The Right to Remain Silent” Adelman on Venues, April 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

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

‘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

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

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

Won’t Get Fooled Again: Litigating Crowd Crush Cases,” Trial, June 2004

Media Appearances

Steven A. Adelman venue event safety expert TV interviews

Steve Adelman has appeared in the following national and local media:

CBS This Morning
NBC Nightly News
ESPN Outside the Lines
Fox News
ESPN Radio
USA Today
The New York Times
Associated Press
The Christian Science Monitor
Rolling Stone
CTV Canada AM
Amplify Magazine
NFPA Journal
Arizona Republic
Baltimore Sun
Boston Globe
Chicago Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
WBFF TV, Baltimore
KNXV TV, Phoenix
KPHO TV, Phoenix
KPNX TV, Phoenix
KSAZ TV, Phoenix
KSWB TV, San Diego
KGUN TV, Tucson
WTTG TV, Washington, DC
WBUR Radio, Boston
WFAN Radio, New York
KTAR Radio, Phoenix
KCBS Radio, San Francisco
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Many of his appearances can be seen on his YouTube channel.

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“what Could Go Wrong?” Art of Mass Gatherings, June 2019

“How Do You Manage a Crowd When Most People are Sheep?,” University of California Risk Summit, May 2019

“Event Safety and Security,” Experiential Marketing Summit, May 2019

“Event Security for Nervous Times,” Canadian Event Safety Summit, April 2019

“I Want It That Way!” United States Institute for Theatre Technology (“USITT”), March 2019

“Mayhem at Events, and How to Prevent (Some of) It,” Actsafe (keynote address), March 2019

“Explosive Conclusions! How Courts (Mis)Handle Pyrotechnic Cases,” American Pyrotechnics Association, February 2019

“Legal Considerations for Large Scale Events,” Colorado Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Section, January 2019

“It Doesn’t Get More Real Than This: Mortal Danger at Shows,” National Association of Music Merchants (“NAMM”) Show, January 2019

“What Do You Want to Secure? A Non-Rhetorical Discussion of Risk and Safety,” Tour Link Pro, January 2019

“Weather Safety for Outdoor Venues,” American Meteorological Society, January 2019

“Your Day in Court: The Challenge of Personal Responsibility,” Event Safety Alliance (“ESA”), November 2018

“Get In the Game: ADA Compliance and Premises Liability Issues at Special Events,” State Bar of Arizona and Sports Lawyers Association, November 2018

“Chasing a Moving Target: Managing Public Event Security and Liability in Anticipation of Modern Threats,” American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, October 2018

“Mayhem at Events and How to Prevent (Some of) It,” International Festivals & Events Association (“IFEA”), October 2018

“What Could Go Wrong?” Resort Hotel Association, July 2018

“Sports Facilities: Legal Issues in the Activation of Events,” Sports Law Association, March 2018

“The ‘Wisdom’ of Crowds,” ESA Severe Weather Summit, March 2018

“Creating an Emergency Action Plan,” USITT, March 2018

“Identifying Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in an Increasingly Unreasonable World,” International Association of Venue Managers (“IAVM”) Utah Chapter, February 2018

“The Artist’s (Very Limited) Role in Emergency Planning,” “Ingress and Egress in Entertainment Venues,” NAMM Show, January 2018

“Getting Prepared: Creating Safe, Secure Event Spaces,” FlyCon, January 2018

“Schlobotnick Enterprises’ Annual Event,” ESA Event Safety Summit, December 2017

“Manchester Arena and Black Swans,” LDI (Live Design International), November 2017

“Responding to Active Shooters,” DRI Retail and Hospitality Conference, May 2017

“The Myth of Situational Awareness,” Coliseum Summit Americas, April 2017

“State of the Alliance,” Canadian Event Safety Summit, April 2017

“Reasonable Plans for a Very Blustery Day,” ESA Severe Weather Summit, March 2017

“Adelman on Incident Reporting,” ISS 24/7 Focus Group, February 2017

“Adelman on Acceptable Risks,” Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, February 2017

“Adelman on Contracts,” and “Near Miss Reporting,” ESA Event Safety Summit, November 2016

“Presenting Safe and Secure Events in a Dangerous World,” Billboard Touring Conference, November 2016

“The Event Safety Alliance,” LDI Live Outside, October 2016

“Hiring Independent Contractors Versus Employees,” Entertainment Services Technology Association (“ESTA”), October 2016

“Is This an Unreasonable Risk?” Arizona Presenters Alliance, August, 2016

“Active Shooters in Public Places: Beyond Run-Hide-Fight,” IAVM Arizona Chapter, July 2016

“Third-Party Contracts,” National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (“NCS4”), July 2016

“Adelman’s Event Safety Two-Four,” Canadian Event Safety Summit, May 2016

“Unreasonable Complicity?  Doing No Harm at Foreseeably Risky Events,” Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, April 2016

“What Makes You Feel Safe?” International Tourism Safety Conference, April 2016

“The Tour’s Legal Duty of Care Regarding Severe Weather,” ESA Severe Weather Summit, March 2016

“Venue Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2016

“Do Guns Belong at the Happiest Place on Earth, and Other Venue Safety Riddles,” IAVM Arizona Chapter meeting, January 2016

“Adelman’s Cornucopia of Thankfulness,” ESA Event Safety Summit, December 2015

“Venue Law,” IAVM Venue Management School, June 2015

“A Reasonable Person’s Guide to Risk: Case Study Baltimore,” International Tourism Safety Conference, April 2015

“The Reasonably Attentive Patron,” IAVM Region 4, April 2015

“Decision-Making Authority and Responsibility: Legal Considerations,” ESA Severe Weather Summit, March 2015

“Venue Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, March 2015

“The Law of Mayhem,” ESA Event Safety Summit, December 2014

“Touring Health and Safety,” Billboard Touring Conference, November 2014

“How Documentation Helps/Hurts,” LDI, November 2014

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

“The Venue as a Menace to Society,” IAVM Region 4 meeting, May 2014

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

“A Reasonable Severe Weather Plan,” IAVM Severe Weather Planning and Preparedness course, March 2014

“Facility Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2014

“Event Safety Alliance,” TourLink, February 2014

“The Duty of Care for Crowd Management,” IAVM 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”, 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!” IAVM VenueConnect, July 2013

“You are the Jury,” IAVM Region 4 meeting, May 2013

“Safe at Any Speed?” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, February 2013

“Facility Management Law School,” IAVM 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,” IAVM Arizona Chapter meeting, January 2013

“Tragic, or Stupid? Liability for Fans Falling Over Railings at Ballparks”,
Sports and Entertainment Venues Tomorrow, Columbia, SC, November 2012

“Crowd Management Training,” IAVM 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), IAVM Arena Managers Conference, September 2012

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

“Guns in Venues and Other Bright Ideas,” IAVM Arizona Chapter meeting, August 2012

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

“Been Occupied? Dealing with Long-Term Civil Disobedience,” IAVM webinar, June 2012

“Everything is Moving: Electronic Dance Festivals,” IAVM webinar, May 2012

“On the Hot Seat,” IAVM Region 4 meeting, May 2012

“Stormy Weather,” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, March 2012

“Mayhem Is in the Air,” IAVM Severe Weather Preparedness Course, February 2012

“Facility Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2012

“Physical Security,” IAVM 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,” IAVM International Crowd Management Conference, November 2011

“Ethical Issues in Sports and Entertainment Law,” Arizona State University Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law, November 2011

“How to Cancel Today’s Show: Contracts, Challenges and Consequences,” IAVM webinar, October 2011

“Risk Management Strategy, Practice, and Rewards” (panelist), IAVM VenueConnect, July 2011

“WARNING: This Disclaimer May Have No Effect Whatsoever!” IAVM VenueConnect, July 2011

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

“Someone’s Gonna Sue You, Sucka!” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security CEO Symposium, July 2011

“Facility Management Law School,” Richmond, VA, 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, February 2011

“Facility Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2011

“OSHA and the Public Assembly Venue,” 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, April 2010

“High Pressure System: Emergency Planning for Severe Weather,” IAVM Combined Region VI and VII conference, April 2010

“Facility Management Law School,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2010

“Is Your Facility Ready to Fight the Flu?” IAVM webinar, October 2009

“‘You Can Pay Now’: The Price of Falling Below the Standard of Care,” IAVM VenueConnect, 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,” IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, February 2009

“Fear Factor: Crisis Preparation in a University Setting,” Arizona State University College Threat Assessment Conference, 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,” IAAM International Crowd Management Conference, October 2008

“AVSS Law School,” IAAM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, August 2008

“Managing the Media,” IAAM Annual Conference, July 2008

“The Paper Chase: Documenting Threat Assessment in Anticipation of Litigation,” Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, Arizona chapter meeting, June 2008

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

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

“Interpretations of Reality: Managing the Media,” IAAM Performing Arts Managers Conference, February 2008

“Risk Management, the Law, and You,” IAAM 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,” IAAM, September 2007

“The Legal Implications of Risk Management,” IAAM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, August 2007

“No Safe Harbor: The Station Night Club Fire,” IAAM Annual Conference, July 2007

“A Reasonably Good Time: The Legal Duty of Public Assembly Facilities,” 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,” IAAM Arizona Chapter meeting, January 2007