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Steven I. Adler, Member

Steven I. Adler

Member

sadler@lawfirm.ms

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 Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Co-Chair, Elect of the Litigation Department.  During his over 35 years of practice, Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of employment-related matters, including age, race, sex and disability discrimination lawsuits, as well as lawsuits involving harassment, restrictive covenants, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets and ERISA withdrawal liability cases. During the past 30 years, Steve primarily has represented and provided guidance to management on all types of personnel issues.  Some representative clients have included such well respected companies as Aon, Volkswagen, Woodmont Properties, Audi, Rolls-Royce, Asta Funding, Goya Foods and Flight Safety International (a Berkshire Hathaway company).

For more than 10 years, Steve has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Super Lawyers®* in Employment Litigation. 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 mediated many cases 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 has also 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.

Steve is a frequent contributor to Mandelbaum Salsburg'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 on which the accolades are based can be found at:

https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology
https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html
https://www.martindale.com/products_and_services/peer_review/methodology.aspx

Steve has substantial federal and state court jury trial and chancery litigation experience and has handled numerous employment related class actions and other complex litigation.  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, 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 clients as many employment 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 defense jury verdict on behalf of Goya Foods in a race and gender discrimination lawsuit;
• Obtaining defense jury verdict on behalf of Flight Safety International in a breach of employee manual lawsuit in New Jersey state court;
• Obtaining defense verdict on behalf of a radiology group in a sexual harassment lawsuit;
• Obtaining defense verdict in an ERISA withdrawal liability suit in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining jury verdict in favor of client in a FMLA lawsuit;
• Recovered $10 million in lawsuit against a mutual life insurance company’s board of directors for breach of fiduciary duty;
• Recovered $4.5 million in wage and hour misclassification litigation;
• Recovered $3.7 million in a suit brought by senior executives for bonuses;
• Recovered $4.3 million on behalf of a financial services company for lost profits;
• Obtained an arbitration award of over $4 million on behalf of Asta Funding (OTC: ASI) against former IT Director for computer fraud and abuse;
• Recovered $3.4 million for overtime wages on behalf of an FLSA and state law class action;
• Successfully defended a Berkshire Heathaway company in a disability discrimination lawsuit;
• Recovered over $3 million for Wall Street executive in wrongful termination arbitration; and
• Recovered approximately $50 million in severance for executives.
Overview

Steven Adler is a Member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and Co-Chair, Elect of the Litigation Department.  During his over 35 years of practice, Steve has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of employment-related matters, including age, race, sex and disability discrimination lawsuits, as well as lawsuits involving harassment, restrictive covenants, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets and ERISA withdrawal liability cases. During the past 30 years, Steve primarily has represented and provided guidance to management on all types of personnel issues.  Some representative clients have included such well respected companies as Aon, Volkswagen, Woodmont Properties, Audi, Rolls-Royce, Asta Funding, Goya Foods and Flight Safety International (a Berkshire Hathaway company).

For more than 10 years, Steve has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Super Lawyers®* in Employment Litigation. 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 mediated many cases 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 has also 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.

Steve is a frequent contributor to Mandelbaum Salsburg'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 on which the accolades are based can be found at:

https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology
https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html
https://www.martindale.com/products_and_services/peer_review/methodology.aspx

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 litigation.  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, 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 clients as many employment 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 and Reported Decisions
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 defense jury verdict on behalf of Goya Foods in a race and gender discrimination lawsuit;
• Obtaining defense jury verdict on behalf of Flight Safety International in a breach of employee manual lawsuit in New Jersey state court;
• Obtaining defense verdict on behalf of a radiology group in a sexual harassment lawsuit;
• Obtaining defense verdict in an ERISA withdrawal liability suit in the S.D.N.Y.;
• Obtaining jury verdict in favor of client in a FMLA lawsuit;
• Recovered $10 million in lawsuit against a mutual life insurance company’s board of directors for breach of fiduciary duty;
• Recovered $4.5 million in wage and hour misclassification litigation;
• Recovered $3.7 million in a suit brought by senior executives for bonuses;
• Recovered $4.3 million on behalf of a financial services company for lost profits;
• Obtained an arbitration award of over $4 million on behalf of Asta Funding (OTC: ASI) against former IT Director for computer fraud and abuse;
• Recovered $3.4 million for overtime wages on behalf of an FLSA and state law class action;
• Successfully defended a Berkshire Heathaway company in a disability discrimination lawsuit;
• Recovered over $3 million for Wall Street executive in wrongful termination arbitration; and
• Recovered approximately $50 million in severance for executives.
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.