The world of live events is a mystery to most lawyers.  If they’re lucky, they get one client or one case in this field during their entire career.  But issues of crowd management, event security, patron conduct and misconduct, and emergency planning are specific to stadiums, arenas, concert venues, and other public accommodations where people are invited to play.

As with everything we do, there is significant value to understanding both the immediate issues and the context in which they occur.  Particularly with live events, where much of the litigation involves alcohol, drugs, or other cultural hot button issues, and multiple well-insured defendants are often in the operational chain of command, it is important to have an experienced lawyer who is so thoroughly engaged with these issues that he is also a subject matter expert.  Put another way, Steve Adelman is effective at dealing with the legal issues that arise with live events because he knows what he is talking about, says it calmly, and looks like a responsible adult when doing so.


Steve Adelman creates contracts and related transactional documents that clarify business relationships and align authority with responsibility. Transferring the risk of creating and securing live events to another party through provisions such as indemnification language and reasonable cancellation terms can save enormous heartache if an incident does occur. When creating any legal document, the goal is to help the client do its business and avoid costly and time-consuming litigation.


When it is necessary to fight, however, Steve Adelman is ready for that too.  From his office in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, modern technology and a convenient airport make it possible to work on claims throughout North America.  Using his understanding of the context in which live event disputes arise, Steve Adelman is prepared to tell the liability story while working closely with local counsel who handle damages and ensure that even out-of-state parties don’t get “home-towned.”