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Steven Adelman

Faculty Assoc
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520

Steven A. Adelman’s practice focuses on risk management, safety and security at live event venues.  He leads crowd management training, conducts risk assessements, and reviews and writes emergency action plans for venues and event organizers throughout North America.  He has also been engaged as an expert witness in some of the most significant lawsuits in the live event industry.  In addition to his law practice, Steve Adelman is Vice President of a non-profit organization, the Event Safety Alliance.  He can often be found pondering the question, "What could go wrong?"

At Arizona State University, Steve teaches "Risk Management in Venues" through the Sports Law and Business program, a joint offering of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and the W.P. Carey School of Business.   

  • J.D. Boston College Law School 1994
  • M.A. History, University of Massachusetts 1989
  • B.A. American Studies, Cum Laude, Tufts University 1985
How one teaches about risk management in venues - the Adelman origin story
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SLB 521Risk Mgt Venues in Sports:MSLB
LAW 673Risk Mgmt for Venues in Sports
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SDO 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLB 598Special Topics
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SLB 598Special Topics
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 791Seminar

Head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC in Scottsdale, AZ, which concentrates on litigation, risk management, and expert witness testimony regarding safety and security issues at entertainment and sports venues and events.

Industry Positions

Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance, an international trade association dedicated to changing the culture of live events to focus on putting life safety first.

Expertise Areas