Adam J. Schlatner


New York

(212) 883-2236

(646) 588-1357

Adam Schlatner has more than two decades of experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide range of matters including contract, IP, securities, labor and employment, shareholder dispute, product liability, antitrust, executive compensation, consumer fraud and other  cases, as well as corporate internal, governmental and regulatory investigations, and advising and counseling clients in dispute resolution and avoidance.  Additionally, Adam has extensive experience in both corporate and real estate transactional matters.  Adam has handled matters across a number of industries, including consumer products, financial services, sports, real estate, energy, construction, software and technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, entertainment and digital media.

Adam also heads up the firm's nationally recognized Sports industry team, which represents all sectors in the sports world including professional and amateur teams and organizations, team owners and executives, professional leagues, professional and amateur athletes, agents and agencies, broadcast and media providers, venues and arena management companies, corporate sponsors and sporting equipment manufacturers.  In this capacity, Adam has played an integral role in the firm's numerous sports law conferences and events.   He is a frequent commentator on business and legal issues facing the industry and, as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law since 2017, teaches an annual course in sports law and is actively involved in the school’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports LLM program.

Adam earned his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, graduating cum laude. He received his bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Binghamton with honors, majoring in political science. Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Adam was a partner at Winston & Strawn, where he spent the first 18 years of his career.



Here is NFL’s chance to be better than Washington politicians in tackling anthem controversy

October 11, 2017

Adam Schlatner discusses the legal grounds to suspend or fire NFL players that are participating in the country-wide protests during the National Anthem. Players have been kneeling or raising their fists, rather than standing, during the anthem to protest the police brutality issues in the country.

NHL exec Bill Daly visits Philly to talk 2018 Olympics and expansion to Las Vegas, Quebec City and Seattle

February 10, 2017

National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly came to Philadelphia on Thursday to be a keynote speaker at a sports business conference organized by local law firm Cozen O'Connor and Penn's Wharton business school.

Cozen O'Connor Sports Law Team Weighs In on Recent Scandals

September 09, 2015

Recently, Cozen O'Connor's Sports Industry team has been a go-to law firm for some of the country's leading media outlets seeking commentary on various stories involving the intersection of sports and law.

Adam Schlatner Discusses Tom Brady’s Appeal and the Wells Report on In The Huddle with Ragz

August 04, 2015

Adam Schlatner discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Tom Brady’s and the NFL’s positions as “Deflategate” enters court.

Adam Schlatner Discusses “Deflategate” with Inside the Lines on Yahoo! Sports Radio

July 31, 2015

Adam Schlatner joined “Inside the Lines” on Yahoo! Sports Radio to break down the pending court case between Tom Brady and the NFL in regards to “Deflategate.”


COVID-Driven Commercial Litigation – What Businesses Can Expect

May 08, 2020

Adam Schlatner and Michael de Leeuw discuss potential COVID-19 related litigation, based on what is already happening and the legacy of other downturns.

Navigating Consumer Refund Demands on Account of the COVID-19 Pandemic [Alert]

May 08, 2020

Adam Schlatner and Matthew Elkin discuss the various state statutes and other issues facing sports teams, third-party ticket sellers, and other businesses that sell season passes and advance tickets.

Litigation During the Pandemic: Remote Depositions [Alert]

April 23, 2020

Michael de Leeuw, Adam Schlatner, and Amy Alderfer discuss things to consider before taking your first remote deposition.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Sports Law for Rookies & Veterans 2018

June 06, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN

The Sports Innovation Series

February 09, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

April 15, 2016 - New York, NY

2015 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

March 05, 2015 - Miami Beach, FL

Industry Sectors


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • SUNY–Binghamton, B.A., 1990
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York