Pedigree And Experience

While pedigree is good, experience is crucial. Since establishing his law practice, Mr. Adelman has:

  • Represented a municipality in a multi-plaintiff federal civil rights action, disposing of the action on summary judgment.
  • Served as chief outside counsel to a prominent provider of summer day camp and after-school programs, advising on a variety of compliance and litigation issues.
  • Represented a web-based marketing analytics firm in a federal racketeering action. After extensive motion practice, the case was dismissed in its entirety.
  • Represented a block association seeking to prevent the opening of an outsized bar on a residential block. Mr. Adelman persuaded the State Liquor Authority to issue a rare denial of an on-premises liquor license, preventing the bar from opening.
  • Represented two paralegals under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office for alleged notarial fraud and other state securities law violations. After extensive negotiation, no charges were brought.
  • Defended a major home improvement website in a defamation action (resulting in the withdrawal of the lawsuit).
  • Guided a major theatrical production house through the negotiated settlement of a dispute with its telecommunications provider.
  • Compelled a major investment bank to produce financial records for use in a high profile matrimonial action.

Over the course of twenty-one years of commercial private practice, Mr. Adelman has represented a multitude of other companies and individuals in state and federal courts and before arbitral tribunals. Among other matters, Mr. Adelman:

  • Represented a telecommunications firm constructing a fiber-optic cable system traversing the Arctic Ocean, in a $1.5 billion breach of contract action brought against an international telecommunications carrier. The litigation was favorably settled after a six week bench trial.
  • Represented a hedge fund in an action seeking in excess of $270 million in damages for breach of contract, tortious interference and related claims in connection with the breach of an investment advisory agreement, resulting in a favorable settlement after extensive motion practice.
  • Represented a real estate developer in an $11 million fraud action brought by a disgruntled former business partner; challenged the action on jurisdictional grounds, resulting in the dismissal of the action in its entirety.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in a $100 million breach of contract dispute arising from its acquisition of a competing company, reaching settlement after a bankruptcy court trial.
  • Represented a real estate management concern in an AAA arbitration with a former principal over the breach of non-competition agreements, resulting in eventual mediation and favorable settlement.
  • Brought a copyright infringement action against two major Hollywood studios on behalf of a non-profit film producer.  The action concluded with a favorable settlement.
  • Represented an insurance brokerage in an action brought by an insurance carrier alleging civil racketeering and related charges, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a major law firm in a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry in connection with the firm’s role in a complex real estate securitization.  The SEC took no action.
  • Successfully represented the majority members of a real estate partnership in an involuntary dissolution action, reaching settlement during trial.
  • Represented an employee accused of embezzlement by his employer; a modest settlement was negotiated and no criminal charges were brought.
  • Served as primary draftsman of opposition papers to multi-party motions to dismiss RICO and antitrust action brought against various defendant companies employing unlawful means to procure United Nations provisioning contracts.  The motion practice resulted in a favorable settlement to the client.