Elliott B. Adler, Esq.

Elliott B. Adler has built strong and enduring relationships with the businesses, trade and professional associations, and other nonprofit organizations he represents. He knows that his legal representation of their interests is most effective when the client regards him as a trusted adviser with a deep understanding of their business, profession or trade.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Adler has developed significant expertise in areas critical to his clients, providing counsel and litigation representation on a range of disciplines, including

  • entity formation;
  • commercial transactions related to stock or asset acquisitions and sales;
  • business torts;
  • directors' and officers' liability;
  • antitrust;
  • medical education;
  • academic employment;
  • professional certification;
  • trademark and copyright registration;
  • licensing, software, professional services and marketing agreements; and
  • preferred provider, group purchasing and related agreements.
He also has extensive knowledge of the real estate appraisal profession and franchise law including franchise disputes, association and corporate governance and professional practice and ethics.

Educating his clients about the legal issues they face is a large part of the service Mr. Adler provides - and the part of the representation he enjoys the most. His penchant for teaching, however, is not limited to his client relationships; for many years, he taught the subject matters areas of corporations, partnerships, agency and contract law for a bar review course, and currently is a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Skills Program and Deposition Skills Program at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Adler is a member of the National Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator for commercial disputes. He has also been named to the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2004 edition.

Outside his practice, Adler has been an advocate for improving access to, and increasing public understanding and support of the judicial system, currently serving as chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Court Excellence in Washington, D.C. For many years he was a member of the Trustee Committee on Educational and Faculty Affairs at Monmouth University. Often he serves as a judge in moot court competitions, most recently judging the regional competition in Atlanta for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association's Law Student Division.


  • J.D., Washington College of Law, The American University (1975)
  • M.A., New York University (1972)
  • B.A., cum laude, Monmouth University (1971)
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the Western District of Michigan
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

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