Safe Venues and Events
Unlike general personal injury lawyers, Steve Adelman is
specifically knowledgeable about the safety and security issues facing a broad
spectrum of entertainment venues and public accommodations.
Through the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM),
Mr. Adelman has taught thousands of students as a member of the faculty of its
Academy for Venue Safety & Security. He is the creator of IAVM's Facility
Management Law School, which addresses risk management, litigation, and contract
and insurance matters particular to stadiums, arenas, concert venues, hotels and
convention centers. And he a leader of the Event Safety Alliance, which formed
in the wake of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy to address the need for
universal safety standards regarding the production of live entertainment
Mr. Adelman is a frequent contributor to publications
dealing with venue safety and security, and he has given presentations to
audiences across North America.
He is also the author of "Adelman on Venues," a monthly
newsletter discussing the legal implications of breaking stories in sports and
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Risk Mitigation for Public Assembly Facilities
By opening their
doors to crowds looking to leave their cares behind for a precious few hours,
even the best-run stadiums, arenas, hotels, performing arts centers and
convention facilities will eventually experience safety and security challenges.
Generally, the law first requires public assembly
facilities to engage in a reasonable risk assessment of the issues that
could arise with each event. Then the venue must implement safety and security
practices that are consistent with the applicable standard of care. Both
are essential. As usual, the devil is in the details.
The risks a venue might face are a function of many
variables, which management must prioritize in terms of vulnerabilities,
threats, and likely consequences. Consider some of these typical issues:
Crowd management, such as how
the venue handles ingress, egress, and
Security, including the number
of personnel, training, and post positions
Concert issues, such as moshing,
crowd surfing and managing general admission areas
Dram shop issues, including
training and monitoring of alcohol servers
Many of these issues are discussed in Steve Adelman's
venue safety articles, some of which are listed below.
Reasonably Hard Shell: Making Your Venue Safe, Secure and Prepared to Handle a
Crisis," Facility Manager, December/January 2013
Rebirth of Fenway," NFP Journal,
Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Adelman on Venues, June 2011
the Doors!': The Problem of Ingress,” Facility Manager,
Get Fooled Again: Litigating Crowd Crush Cases,” Trial, June 2004
Dram Shop Liability
Drink to That': Minimizing the Risk of Intoxicated Patrons,” Facility
Manager, August-September 2010
Serve and Protect: The Problem of Underage Drinking,” Venue Safety &
Security, Summer 2007
"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
"The 'Baseball Rule' and Ticket Disclaimers,"
Adelman on Venues, March 2013
"Rules to Live By: Statutes, Codes and
Treatises," Facility Manager, August/September 2011
“The Legal Implications of Risk
Management” (presentation), Academy for Venue Safety & Security,
“'Can I?' Versus 'Should I?'” Adelman on Venues,
“What Good Is a Lawyer if the Answer to Every
Question Is, "It Depends"?,” Adelman on Venues, October 2011
Matter of Opinion: How to Choose an Expert Witness,”
Modern Civil Justice System,” Class in America: An Encyclopedia
(Greenwood Press, 2007)
Freedom of Speech
“The Right to Remain Silent,” Adelman on
Venues, April 2012