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 former litigator who now helps clients mitigate the life safety risks that arise from the production and operation of entertainment, sports, corporate, municipal, and other mass gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, throughout North America.

Industry Advocacy

Steve Adelman is immersed in the world of live events. He is Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance, an international association focused on life safety in event production and operations, and he is Deputy Chair of the Global Crowd Management Alliance.  As the lead author of both ANSI ES1.9-2020, Crowd Management and ANSI ES1.40-2023, Event Security, Steve literally wrote the American National Standards how to safely manage people in public accommodations.  He now leads the group creating a consensus industry standard regarding Parade Safety, and he founded and co-hosts the Event Safety Podcast.  Steve Adelman is a sought-after author and speaker regarding event safety, crowd management, event security, and the law related to events.

Expert Witness

Thanks to his unique combination of legal training, advocacy skills, and subject matter expertise, Steve Adelman is a skilled expert witness regarding the standard of care applicable to live event safety and security in a variety of contexts.  Notable engagements have included the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage roof collapse, the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, and the 2021 Astroworld crowd crush.  He has also provided guidance to legislative leaders following event-related disasters in several states.

Contracts, Training, and Crowd Management Plans

Risk management comes in many forms. Steve Adelman drafts and revises contracts to obtain maximum protection for his clients from the risks endemic to the event industry.  He writes and reviews crowd management plans for venue operators.  He leads highly entertaining crowd manager training for safety professionals.  He creates messaging to support crowd education and compliance with safety instructions.  He records staff training videos to ensure that event staff, volunteers, and public safety officers understand their respective roles.

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Notable Clients

Steve Adelman is proud to have provided risk management services to the following event producers in the fields of entertainment, sports, corporate activations, and public safety.