Adelman Law Group, PLLC

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

Steve Adelman is a litigator by training whose legal work focuses on helping clients mitigate the life safety risks and resulting legal disputes that arise from the production of live events at stadiums, arenas, nightclubs, outdoor amphitheaters and festivals, and at other public accommodations.

Industry Advocacy

Steve Adelman is fully immersed in the world of event operations and crowd management.  He is Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance, an international association focused on putting life safety first at live events, and Deputy Chair of the Global Crowd Management Alliance.  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.  He leads a group drafting an American National Standard for Event Security.  He helped create and co-hosted the Event Safety Podcast until he began a new podcast for the Global Crowd Management Alliance.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve Adelman led the research and writing of the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide with more than 300 event industry contributors, as well as three subsequent rounds of reopening guidance.  He is a sought-after author and speaker regarding risk management, event safety, and the law related to live events.

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 and reviews crowd management plans for venue operators.  He creates messaging to support crowd education and compliance with safety instructions.  He records staff training videos to ensure that every event professional understands their role.

Expert Witness

Thanks to Steve Adelman's unique combination of legal training, advocacy skills, and deep understanding 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.  He has also provided guidance to legislative leaders following event-related disasters in several states.

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Cooperative Work

I have been thinking a lot about group projects.  In Texas, the Governor’s Task Force on Concert Safety released its final report, which was the product of about forty subject […]

“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.