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Steven I. Adler, Partner

Steven I. Adler

Steven I. Adler

Partner

sadler@mblawfirm.com

3 Becker Farm Road, Suite 105
Roseland, NJ 07068
Tel: 973-736-4600 x142
Direct Dial: 973-243-7930
Fax: 973-325-7467

Steven Adler is a Partner and was a long-time member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Steve also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Co-Chair of Healthcare Litigation.

During his 40 years of practice, Steve has handled cases with national significance.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and New York.  He is known for his pragmatic approach to litigation while handling the most complex commercial, employment and healthcare disputes including class and collective actions.  Some representative clients include such well-respected companies as Aon, Volkswagen, Woodmont Properties, Audi, Valley National Bank, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars, Asta Funding, Goya Foods and Flight Safety International (a Berkshire Hathaway company).

Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of employment-related matters, including age, race, sex and disability discrimination and harassment lawsuits, whistleblower litigation, equal pay claims, wage and hour class actions, trade secrets and ERISA withdrawal liability cases.  He often appears in the Chancery Division throughout New Jersey in restrictive covenant litigation.  During the past thirty years, Steve primarily has represented and provided guidance to management on all types of personnel issues.

Steve also spends a significant portion of his time handling healthcare litigation, including minority oppression cases, non-competes involving doctors, disputes involving ambulatory surgical centers and imaging centers, and fraudulent billing allegations.

For more than 20 years, Steve has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious New Jersey Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation and repeatedly has been named as a Best Lawyer in America®*. He has been awarded the highest AV rating for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work from Martindale-Hubbell, the directory of legal professionals.

Steve has served as a mediator in many cases, including for the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County. He also frequently lectures and writes extensively on employment law topics. He also has taught various law courses as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. From 1999 to 2001, Steve served as Acting General Counsel for Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars Inc. while remaining a partner at another prestigious law firm.

 

Steve is a frequent contributor to Mandelbaum Barrett's Employment Law Blog. Click Here to View.

 
*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. A description of the standard or methodology used by Super LawyersBest Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell can be found on their respective websites.

 

 

Steve has substantial federal and state court jury trial and chancery litigation experience and has handled numerous employment related class actions and other complex employment and commercial litigation. He also regularly handles arbitrations at the AAA, JAMS and the AHLA. He was selected to be one of the initial Barristers in the Robert L. Clifford American Inn of Court, teaching younger attorneys litigation techniques. He currently is a Master in the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court in this country devoted exclusively to employment and labor law, where for years he served as the head of the Bergen County pupillage team.

Steve also has a broad commercial and business litigation background which benefits his employment and healthcare clients as many employment and healthcare disputes also involve complex business issues.

Steve served as Acting General Counsel for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars Inc. for three years and he continues to serve as a trusted advisor to the Volkswagen Group of Companies on employment matters.

Bergen County Bar Association (Past Chair, Labor Law Committee)
New Jersey State Bar Association
American Bar Association (Litigation and Labor Law Sections)
Master, Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court
Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Steve has numerous reported decisions including cases of national importance relating to certifying a federal age discrimination collective action, requiring the speaking of English-only in the workplace and alter ego liability for ERISA withdrawal liability.

Representative cases include:
• Obtaining dismissal of a race discrimination lawsuit against Volkswagen in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining a defense jury verdict on behalf of Goya Foods in a race and gender discrimination lawsuit;
• Obtaining a defense jury verdict on behalf of Flight Safety International in a breach of employee manual lawsuit in New Jersey state court;
• Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a radiology group in a sexual harassment lawsuit;
• Obtaining a defense verdict in a multi-million dollar ERISA withdrawal liability suit in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining a jury verdict in a FMLA lawsuit;
• Recovering $10 million in lawsuit against a mutual life insurance company’s board of directors for breaches of fiduciary duty;
• Recovering $4.5 million in wage and hour misclassification litigation;
• Recovering $3.7 million in a federal court lawsuit and Texas arbitration brought by senior executives for bonuses;
• Recovering $4.3 million on behalf of a financial services company for lost profits;
• Obtaining an arbitration award of over $4 million on behalf of Asta Funding (OTC: ASI) against former IT Director for computer fraud and abuse;
• Recovering $3.4 million for overtime wages on behalf of an FLSA and state law class action in federal court in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Successfully defending a Berkshire Heathaway company in a disability discrimination lawsuit;
• Recovering over $3 million for a Wall Street executive in a wrongful termination arbitration; and
• Recovering approximately $75 million in severance for executives.
• Obtaining restraining order for healthcare providers being removed from Medicare Advantage insurance plan

Overview

Steven Adler is a Partner and was a long-time member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Steve also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Co-Chair of Healthcare Litigation.

During his 40 years of practice, Steve has handled cases with national significance.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and New York.  He is known for his pragmatic approach to litigation while handling the most complex commercial, employment and healthcare disputes including class and collective actions.  Some representative clients include such well-respected companies as Aon, Volkswagen, Woodmont Properties, Audi, Valley National Bank, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars, Asta Funding, Goya Foods and Flight Safety International (a Berkshire Hathaway company).

Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of employment-related matters, including age, race, sex and disability discrimination and harassment lawsuits, whistleblower litigation, equal pay claims, wage and hour class actions, trade secrets and ERISA withdrawal liability cases.  He often appears in the Chancery Division throughout New Jersey in restrictive covenant litigation.  During the past thirty years, Steve primarily has represented and provided guidance to management on all types of personnel issues.

Steve also spends a significant portion of his time handling healthcare litigation, including minority oppression cases, non-competes involving doctors, disputes involving ambulatory surgical centers and imaging centers, and fraudulent billing allegations.

For more than 20 years, Steve has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious New Jersey Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation and repeatedly has been named as a Best Lawyer in America®*. He has been awarded the highest AV rating for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work from Martindale-Hubbell, the directory of legal professionals.

Steve has served as a mediator in many cases, including for the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County. He also frequently lectures and writes extensively on employment law topics. He also has taught various law courses as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. From 1999 to 2001, Steve served as Acting General Counsel for Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars Inc. while remaining a partner at another prestigious law firm.

 

Steve is a frequent contributor to Mandelbaum Barrett's Employment Law Blog. Click Here to View.

 
*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. A description of the standard or methodology used by Super LawyersBest Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell can be found on their respective websites.

 

 

Experience

Steve has substantial federal and state court jury trial and chancery litigation experience and has handled numerous employment related class actions and other complex employment and commercial litigation. He also regularly handles arbitrations at the AAA, JAMS and the AHLA. He was selected to be one of the initial Barristers in the Robert L. Clifford American Inn of Court, teaching younger attorneys litigation techniques. He currently is a Master in the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court in this country devoted exclusively to employment and labor law, where for years he served as the head of the Bergen County pupillage team.

Steve also has a broad commercial and business litigation background which benefits his employment and healthcare clients as many employment and healthcare disputes also involve complex business issues.

Steve served as Acting General Counsel for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars Inc. for three years and he continues to serve as a trusted advisor to the Volkswagen Group of Companies on employment matters.

Professional Affiliations

Bergen County Bar Association (Past Chair, Labor Law Committee)

New Jersey State Bar Association

American Bar Association (Litigation and Labor Law Sections)

Master, Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court

Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Representative Cases

Steve has numerous reported decisions including cases of national importance relating to certifying a federal age discrimination collective action, requiring the speaking of English-only in the workplace and alter ego liability for ERISA withdrawal liability.

Representative cases include:
• Obtaining dismissal of a race discrimination lawsuit against Volkswagen in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining a defense jury verdict on behalf of Goya Foods in a race and gender discrimination lawsuit;
• Obtaining a defense jury verdict on behalf of Flight Safety International in a breach of employee manual lawsuit in New Jersey state court;
• Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a radiology group in a sexual harassment lawsuit;
• Obtaining a defense verdict in a multi-million dollar ERISA withdrawal liability suit in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining a jury verdict in a FMLA lawsuit;
• Recovering $10 million in lawsuit against a mutual life insurance company’s board of directors for breaches of fiduciary duty;
• Recovering $4.5 million in wage and hour misclassification litigation;
• Recovering $3.7 million in a federal court lawsuit and Texas arbitration brought by senior executives for bonuses;
• Recovering $4.3 million on behalf of a financial services company for lost profits;
• Obtaining an arbitration award of over $4 million on behalf of Asta Funding (OTC: ASI) against former IT Director for computer fraud and abuse;
• Recovering $3.4 million for overtime wages on behalf of an FLSA and state law class action in federal court in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Successfully defending a Berkshire Heathaway company in a disability discrimination lawsuit;
• Recovering over $3 million for a Wall Street executive in a wrongful termination arbitration; and
• Recovering approximately $75 million in severance for executives.
• Obtaining restraining order for healthcare providers being removed from Medicare Advantage insurance plan

Admissions

State of New Jersey, 1982

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1999

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1999

Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Rutgers College, B.A., with honors