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

“The Duty of Care Regarding Active Shooters,” IFEA’s ie: The Business of International Events, Winter 2019, pp. 82-83

“Our Bright Future,” Adelman on Venues, November 7, 2019

“Thoughts for a New Year,” Adelman on Venues, September 30, 2019

“A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Adelman on Venues, August 5, 2019

“Threat Inflation,” Adelman on Venues, July 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
Good Morning Arizona
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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Recent Presentations

International Live Events Association (“ILEA”), webinar, October 2019

Canadian Severe Weather Workshop, Mississauga, ON, October 2019

International Festivals & Events Association, Williamsburg, VA, September 2019

ILEA Live!, Minneapolis, MN, August 2019

Major University Presenters, Hanover, NH, July 2019

Art of Mass Gatherings, Denver, CO, June 2019

University of California Risk Summit, Anaheim, CA, May 2019

Experiential Marketing Summit, Las Vegas, NV, May 2019

Canadian Event Safety Summit, Toronto, ON, April 2019

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (“USITT”), Louisville, KY, March 2019

Actsafe (keynote address), Vancouver, BC, March 2019

American Pyrotechnics Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2019

Colorado Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Section, Denver, CO, January 2019

National Association of Music Merchants (“NAMM”) Show, Anaheim, CA, January 2019

Tour Link Pro, Tucson, AZ, January 2019

American Meteorological Society, Phoenix, AZ, January 2019

ESA Event Safety Summit, Lititz, PA, November 2018

State Bar of Arizona and Sports Lawyers Association, Phoenix, AZ, November 2018

American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, Las Vegas, NV, October 2018

International Festivals & Events Association (“IFEA”), San Diego, CA, October 2018

Resort Hotel Association, Sedona, AZ, July 2018

Sports Law Association, Tempe, AZ, March 2018

ESA Severe Weather Summit, Norman, OK, March 2018

USITT, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2018

International Association of Venue Managers (“IAVM”), Salt Lake City, UT, February 2018

NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 2018

FlyCon, New Orleans, LA, January 2018

Event Safety Summit, Lititz, PA, December 2017

LDI (Live Design International), Las Vegas, NV, November 2017

DRI Retail and Hospitality Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2017

Coliseum Summit Americas, Las Vegas, NV, April 2017

Canadian Event Safety Summit, Toronto, ON, April 2017

ESA Severe Weather Summit, Norman, OK, March 2017

ISS 24/7 Focus Group, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 2017

Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, Las Vegas, NV, February 2017

ESA Event Safety Summit, Lititz, PA, November 2016

Billboard Touring Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 2016

LDI Live Outside, Las Vegas, NV, October 2016

Entertainment Services Technology Association (“ESTA”), Las Vegas, NV, October 2016

Arizona Presenters Alliance, Sedona, AZ, August, 2016

IAVM, Phoenix, AZ, July 2016

National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (“NCS4”), Phoenix, AZ, July 2016

Canadian Event Safety Summit, Toronto, ON, May 2016

Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, New York, NY, April 2016

International Tourism Safety Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2016

ESA Severe Weather Summit, Norman, OK, March 2016

IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, Dallas, TX, February 2016

IAVM, Phoenix, AZ, January 2016

ESA Event Safety Summit, Lititz, PA, December 2015

IAVM Venue Management School, Wheeling, WV, June 2015

International Tourism Safety Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2015

IAVM, Spokane, WA, April 2015

ESA Severe Weather Summit, Norman, OK, March 2015

IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, Dallas, TX, March 2015

ESA Event Safety Summit, Lititz, PA, December 2014

Billboard Touring Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 2014

LDI, Las Vegas, NV, November 2014

National Fire Protection Association, Las Vegas, NV, June 2014

IAVM, Portland, OR, May 2014

North American Contingency Association (“NACA”), San Diego, CA, May 2014

IAVM Severe Weather Planning and Preparedness course, Norman, OK, March 2014

IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, Dallas, TX, February 2014

TourLink, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2014

IAVM International Crowd Management Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2013

Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Conference, Tempe, AZ, November 2013

California Tourism Safety & Security Conference, Anaheim, CA, September 2013

Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (“LEAD”), Washington, DC, August 2013

IAVM VenueConnect, New Orleans, LA, July 2013

IAVM, Los Angeles, CA, May 2013

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 2013

IAVM Academy for Venue Safety & Security, Dallas, TX, February 2013

Event Live! 2013, Las Vegas, NV, February 2013

AEG Expo, Los Angeles, CA, February 2013

IAVM, Phoenix, AZ, January 2013

Sports and Entertainment Venues Tomorrow, Columbia, SC, November 2012

IAVM International Crowd Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 2012

Arizona State University Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law, Tempe, AZ, October 2012