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Steven A. Adelman

Steven A. Adelman was appointed to the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety formed in response to the recent music festival disaster in Houston. He is a leading consultant on safety, security, and risk management for live events, serves as a crowd management expert in some of the highest profile lawsuits in the US, and maintains a thriving sports and entertainment law practice, Adelman Law Group PLLC, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ.


Current Matter: Retained as an event safety expert in the litigation following the November Astroworld music festival tragedy in Houston. A Unicorn: As a practicing lawyer and a subject-matter expert in crowd management, Adelman is unique in the area of event safety and security. Authority in His Field: He is principal author of the authoritative Crowd Management standard in North America, “ANSI ES1.9-2020,” and vice president of an international non-profit association, the Event Safety Alliance. His Start: 20 years ago when he deposed Eminem in a crowd-crush lawsuit arising from an outdoor music festival. First Concert He Attended: The Ramones at Jones Beach in New York in the late 1970s. Favorite Law School Memory: Preparing for a mock trial competition by watching My Cousin Vinny. “At that time, the lessons were all about the lawyers. Now that I testify as an expert, I pay more attention to Mona Lisa Vito, teaching witness extraordinaire!” Most Enduring Law School Giveaway: A pencil etched with the four elements of a tort that Professor Judy McMorrow gave to her Products Liability students.